Here’s to a Healthful Holiday Season While the holidays bring us joy, they also can weigh heavily on our waistlines. All the treats and temptations on the table can make managing your weight and portion control difficult. While it is OK to indulge from time to time, it also is important to make smart choices. NorthShore-affiliated Physician Shana Weiss, MD, specializes in internal and bariatric medicine and weight loss guidance. Heed these tips from her Libertyville practice to keep your plate and your waistline in check. • Fill your plate wisely. There’s no need to deprive yourself of holiday treats, but keep your portion sizes in mind. Be sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables on your plate, too. And remember: A smaller slice of pie can be just as enjoyable as a full slice. • Make healthy recipe substitutions. Finding ways to remove salt, sugar and fat from recipes can help keep the calorie count down. Consider substituting skim milk for whole, for instance. In many baked goods, applesauce can replace oil. The best part? In terms of taste, you won’t notice a thing. • Sip smartly. Alcoholic beverages can contain just as many calories as the main course. Try to keep it light and drink in moderation. Avoid other high-calorie drinks such as regular soda pop, milkshakes and fruit juices. • Add physical activity to your routine. This can be something simple such as taking a walk every evening after dinner. Consider adding an extra 20 to 30 minutes to your weekly exercise routine before and after the big day. That’s enough to create a calorie deficit and give you a little leeway at the holiday dinner table. • Snack first. When your favorite high-fat holiday fare is on the table, it’s not easy to practice moderation—especially if you show up hungry. Eat a healthy snack before you hit the party to avoid overindulging later. LETTUCE HELP Salads don’t have to be boring! Follow NorthShore Registered Dietitian Emmaline Rasmussen’s step-by-step visual guide to building the perfect salad on Healthy You, NorthShore’s online source for timely health and wellness news, at northshore.org/r28.
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