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November 18, 2017

Now that we are in the swing of holiday season, it’s natural for us to crave more treats, sweets, and other indulgences. However, I have taken a strong stand against over indulging and giving in to these craving this year and have decided to give my all to living eating better this season. I’ve got some useful tips that can help you to have a moderate and healthy holiday season.

Reduce Your Dessert & Candy Intake

When there’s a free flow of candy and sugary delicious desserts during the holidays you’re likely to be tempted to take as much as you can. Wait. Clearly that’s unhealthy. While I won’t recommend completely cutting out on all things delicious – we have to enjoy some pie and candy canes, I will advise you to consume them in moderation. There are tons of foods that are low in carb to stay healthy.

Swap The Soda

Cutting down on the pies, cakes and chocolates is probably going to require all the self discipline you have. But I promise this next suggestion is going to be so easy. Swap the soda for something more nutritious and healthy. Rather than consume too much soda during the holiday and increase your calorie intake, you can go for water, flavored seltza water or a hot cup of tea. And if you must take something sweet, mix your tea with honey rather than sugar. Either way, you satisfy your craving for something sweet without undermining your health.

Go For Healthy Snacks

This may be a tough one because snacking is an integral part of the holiday season. This may make it difficult to watch what you snack on. However, rather than snack on packaged snacks with the potential to put your health at risk, grab the fruits and veggies as often as you can. I’m not saying snack on fruits and veggies all day, but it’s all about balance, right? After you enjoy a large gluttonous holiday meal don’t go for seconds instead grab some fresh fruit, a handful of nuts or hit up the veggie plate.

Go For Easy And Fast Breakfast

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day and I hardly every skip it. Always go for a meal that is easy and fast to prepare while you consider how to make it healthy. You can always make berries or fresh fruits a part of your breakfast so that you can have the needed essential nutrients. I love a fresh smoothie in the morning and I always travel with a Kind fruit and nut bar so that I can munch it whenever I want to snack.

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Use Less Butter

For those who are likely to do a lot of baking this season, you may find this hard to believe. However, despite how hard it is, you can save yourself a lot of calories, fat and more by reducing the quantity of butter you use while baking. You can do this by using ½ a cup of Greek yogurt with the same quantity of butter for each cup of butter you need for baking. This will reduce your butter intake without reducing the delicious taste of whatever you are baking. You can also replace butter with coconut oil if you’re looking for a vegan alternative and/or are using a stove.

The holiday season is a great opportunity to have the best of time. You can enjoy yourself in the spirit of the holiday. Nevertheless, watch out what you consume. If you do, you won’t overindulge yourself during the holiday while you still have a blast. That way, you will enjoy your holiday while you stay healthy.

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  • Reply Tieasha Samuels November 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday & my weakness. I do try to be reasonable but some years I have indeed over indulged. These are sime great tips to keep in mind though.

    Nov 19

  • Reply Breanna robinson November 19, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I love love love Thanksgiving. I just love the time I get to spend with my family and of course the food! Not over indulging is going to be real hard for me. I love food, and being with child is even harder because it seems like after I eat, an hour later I’m starving again. I will definitely be strict on myself this year because I don’t want to gain extra weight this pregnancy! Happy thanksgiving to you and yours.

  • Reply Breanna robinson November 19, 2017 at 9:16 am


  • Reply Shanice Phillips November 19, 2017 at 10:08 am

    The holiday season is my favorite time of the year to be with friends, family and ofc i love indulging in the sweet stuff. Baking cookies and cakes are my speciality and I appreciate that you said use less butter because I’m def heavy handed with the butter LOL. Not tryna be a fatty for the new year.


  • Reply Damesha Wise November 19, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Oh dear no overindulging?!?! I kid, over the years I’ve went overboard on the unhealthy side. Now this year having a baby in utero will be a test of times. Although my appetite is smaller this go around and I’ve changed many eating habits, not overindulging should be a lot better this year. I mean who really likes tons of bloat and heartburn from being a extra with your plate. Great tips by the way! drich7888@gmail.com

  • Reply Yolanda McLeod November 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for the great yogurt/butter substitute tip… I’m kind of glad that I’ll be working Thanksgiving & the day after since this is the last holiday we’ll be eating meat. My boyfriend had a stroke last month and has since been making dietary changes that have reflected favorably in his blood work numbers, so after watching “What the Health” we’ve decided to start eating plant based as of 12/1. Wish us well!! I’ll be watching your “What I eat in a day” videos for some ideas & your split pea soup recipe too. I’m looking forward to seeing our transition & transformations too as I have some excess weight to drop as well. So getting through this 1st holiday season will be the 1st of many for us.

  • Reply MICHELLE L DANIELS November 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. This was right on time.

  • Reply Toya November 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    The holiday season is such a ‘great’ excuse to indulge lol smh I’ve gained about 20lbs over the last two years and I know I have to get back on my healthy track – as I can totally feel the decline in my health. I won’t make any excuses for the holiday season. In fact, I’m actually working on meal prepping and self-control. It’s tough and possible.


  • Reply khal November 19, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I love the fruit for breakfast, its quick and a healthy go to option. I like oatmeal and will put in a mug and make it not as think so I can drink it. That is a good in the go breakfast for me. I dont need the spoon, its healthy and I can take it with me

  • Reply Elisha Martin November 20, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Great advice! I attempt to workout before holiday meals so that i have a caloric deficit. I stay away from white carbs as well.

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