Tips to Help Kids & Adults Eat Healthy During the Holidays

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Tis the season for delicious turkey and dressing, cookies and pies. We’ve enjoyed gathering with family around the Thanksgiving table, but with Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa just around the corner, you might be wondering how to savor the rest of the holidays without over-indulging.

If you’re looking to avoid more weight gain, consider these tips for adults and children from Phil and Amy Parham, contestants of NBC’s TheBiggest Loser, season six.. In their new book, “The Amazing Fitness Adventure For Your Kids,” by Harvest House Publishers, they offer suggestions for healthy eating during the holidays through simple lifestyle changes.

For Children:

1) If you usually stuff your kids’ stocking with candy, this year, try giving them small gifts like a homemade coupon book with things like “one dinner alone with Mom” or “one baseball game with Dad.”  That way you are being healthy and creating opportunities to make memories.

2) Encourage your kids to get a group together and go caroling in your neighborhood. This old tradition is fun, and you will get a little exercise walking from house to house.

3) Include your children in the holiday baking and teach them how making small substitutions can lower the fat and calories in their favorite foods. Using skim milk instead of whole milk, wheat or oat flour instead of white flour, and egg whites instead of the whole egg are some examples.

For Adults:

1) Before heading out to a holiday party, don’t “save up” your calories and not eat before you go.  Eating small meals throughout the day will prevent you from overindulging on too many goodies at the party.

2) Taking your own healthy dishes to parties is a good way to ensure that you will have something to eat if everything served there is laden with fat and calories.  Hummus and veggies, fruit and yogurt dip, and turkey roll-ups are some healthy ideas.

3) If you see something that looks too irresistible try this strategy. Take small amount and take one bite. This should keep you from the “I can’t have it” mentality that makes you feel deprived.

4) Calculate how many miles you have to do on the treadmill in order to burn enough calories to compensate for your favorite holiday treat. Do the miles and eat the treat without guilt!

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