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Health Minute: Stress Eating During the Holidays Part 1

By: Claude

This time of year, as the weather cools, we spend more time inside and start planning for the holidays, our healthy eating habits are often put to the side. Instead of ignoring our healthy eating habits during this time of year, we can adapt them to make the foods we love a little healthier. Patricia Hertz, dietitian with Cardiac Rehabilitation at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, shares with us ways to incorporate healthy eating during the holiday season.

During the holidays, we all want to eat our favorite not so healthy foods, how can we enjoy them while still eating healthy?

The key is moderation. You don’t have to stop eating the foods you love, but there are ways to enjoy them without overeating. Limit your portion sizes, avoid making enough for leftovers, drink water, include fruits and vegetables in your meals, eat breakfast and plan time to exercise during the day.

What are some holiday food swaps we can make?

Food swaps can help you enjoy the foods you love, but in a healthier way. This year, try:

· Roasted sweet potatoes instead of sweet potato casserole.

· Fresh green beans instead of green bean casserole.

· Baked apples with cinnamon instead of apple pie.

· Whole grain bread instead of dinner rolls

· Swap milk or heavy cream with Greek yogurt in dishes.

· Use spiralized veggies instead of pasta.

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