With Halloween approaching and Thanksgiving soon to follow, it’s important to

be able to stay on your diet plan throughout the season of temptations! You don’t

want all your hard work to go to waste. Here are some tips for staying healthy

during the holidays:

1. Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and

prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can

help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try 10- or 15-minute

brisk walks twice a day.

2. Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw

vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less

tempted to over-indulge.

3. Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite

foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits to

keep your plate balanced.

4. Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday

treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and


5. Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce

overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.

Try sparkling water instead.

6. Take the focus off food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-

edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a

gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that

aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community,

playing games or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.

7. Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering.

8. Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking. Preparing favorite dishes lower in

fat and calories will help promote healthy ” Staying Healthy ” holiday eating.