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6 Effective Ways To Eat Healthy During The Holiday Season

Going into the holiday season with mixed feelings? Torn between gingerbread, gravy-soaked stuffing, hot chocolate with EXTRA marshmallows, and that little voice in your head? You know, the one telling you to EAT HEALTHY!

Whether your mom is notorious for baking enough cookies to feed a small army or you're a sucker for turkey slathered in buttery mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, the holidays can be a bit of an uphill battle — but only if you're unprepared. 

Here are six ways to conquer temptations!

There are certain meals you gravitate toward during the holidays. The good news is, you don't need to say goodbye to your favorites. All you need to do is tweak them.

If you love mashed potatoes, swap out mounds of butter for low-sodium vegetable broth. The same applies to muffins or banana bread — use applesauce or coconut oil instead of butter. If family and friends always gather with snacks, like chips and dip, consider bringing your own dip made with fat-free yogurt instead of sour cream or mayo (and a veggie tray). You may even have people asking for the recipe!

The key is to dissect your favorite recipes so that you can get creative with your ingredients. 

Who says you have to fill up on bread rolls and processed snacks? Many wonderful seasonal vegetables will help you achieve your weight loss goals. Plus, they taste great! From winter squash to sweet potato, green beans to roasted carrots, it's time to say hello to fresh produce, making these nutrient-rich foods a new tradition. 

A fresh apple, pear, and cranberry salad goes beautifully with turkey! When in doubt, serve salad before dinner or a vegetable-based appetizer in the afternoon. 

No one said you had to chew on dry lettuce from Black Friday to Boxing Day. 

When you deprive yourself of the foods you love, you're more likely to binge eat later. Do you love your sister's famous holiday pecan logs? No problem, go into the holidays planning to eat 1-2 thin slices, not an entire log. Whether it be glazed ham or sugar cookies, it's all about mindful, moderate eating. You'll get your holiday fix without going overboard. What matters is what you eat the rest of the time.

Studies show that eating slowly gives your stomach enough time to tell your brain you're full. This can help you maintain greater control over your eating habits, especially portion control!

Before you go in for seconds, wait twenty minutes. This gives your hunger and fullness cues enough time to kick in.

Speaking of portion control, eat small, healthy snacks during the day — and instead of supersized meals that make you crawl to the couch, enjoy three medium-sized meals daily. A great trick is to use smaller plates. Your plate will look full and when you finish, you'll feel satisfied. 

This may seem like an obvious one, but when you look at the numbers, it's shocking to see how quickly calories add up in beverages. From egg nog to soda, you can down hundreds of calories without giving it a second thought.

Drinking water is a great way to combat the urge to splurge in unhealthy ways and to stay full longer. Drink around two cups of water twenty minutes before a meal. This will keep you hydrated and help you reduce the risk of overeating. 

Sick of boring ol' water?

Then it's time to jazz it up! You can't go wrong with lemonade and limeade drink mixes. Personalize your water so that you'll happily drink more of it. Once you do, you'll never look at H20 the same! 

Going into the holiday season with a plan can help you feel good about the choices you make and even better about the way you look in your new jeans.

Happy healthy holidays — you got this!