Eating Healthy through the Holidays

by Nicole on December 8, 2010

Blood Orange and Green Olive Salad

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Last month I talked about getting back into my exercise routine to combat the extra calories I end up consuming as a food blogger.  Well I’m sure you all know that while exercise is very helpful, it’s not enough to keep the pounds from piling on.  There needs to be some kind of balance.

It’s hard to find balance, especially during the holidays.

Our lives are hectic; we are constantly bombarded with advertising designed to make us crave excess; we want things.  Faster.  NOW.

All of this has affected the way we eat in a big way.  Eating out is the norm and making meals “from scratch” is considered a luxury.  I know plenty of people who spend hours in front of food TV watching others cook, but can’t seem to find the time or energy to cook anything themselves.

So how do we learn how to eat again in a world where the role of food has changed from nourishment to entertainment?  I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I can share the things that have helped me over the years.

Turn off the TV: It wasn’t until I lived in Sicily and was without American television for four years that I realized how much television affects how and what I eat.  Cut back on TV and you’ll be amazed at how many food cravings magically disappear.

Get a good cookbook: Cooking didn’t come naturally to me.  I taught myself how to cook by reading cookbooks and food blogs.  Get a good book or two and read it.  If you are having trouble learning a certain kitchen skill or technique from a book, search for a video on YouTube.  There are so many resources for home cooks now, anyone can learn anything; it just takes commitment.

Cook meals at home using real ingredients: You don’t have to eat diet food to be healthy.  Making the switch from eating out to cooking real food will automatically cut some calories, sodium, and sugar from your diet.

Serve yourself small portions and eat slow: One of the benefits of eating at home is that you control the portions.  Instead of putting all the food on the table and digging in, plate the food in the kitchen like at a restaurant.  Serve small portions and eat slow.  Learn what it feels like to be full, not stuffed.  If you really want seconds, go back to the kitchen for a little more.

Drink water: Drink water instead of soda,  juice, sports drinks, or sweetened teas.  Save the calories for food!

Keep healthy snacks at home: One key to not overeating at meals is to not let yourself get too hungry.  Make it easy to snack throughout the day on healthy things by keeping healthy snacks in the house.  If you make your lunch to take to work, add a mid-morning and afternoon snack to your lunch bag.  If you are at home during the day, plan your snacks in the morning and get them ready for the day.  Things I like to snack on:  apple slices and cheese, crackers and cheese or hummus, yogurt with fruit and/or nuts, a bowl of cold cereal, a snack-size portion of leftovers.

Accept who you are right now: If  you are unhappy with yourself, you won’t care about what you put in your body. I know, I’ve been there. You have to accept who you are now in order to move forward toward a healthier life.  If you aren’t wearing the clothing size that you once did, accept it.  Believer me, I know it’s a hard thing to do!  Here’s a suggestion that helped me:  Set aside some money and take yourself shopping.  Find something nice in your current size – something that fits now – and buy it.  When you start losing weight, you can give the larger clothes to charity.

I’m not a health expert or a dietitian. These are things that have helped me lose a bit of weight and feel better about myself over the last six years.  They aren’t hard and fast rules, just things I try to keep in mind – especially during the holidays when it seems like I’m constantly surrounded by sweets and treats.  I think the real key to eating healthy during the holidays is to relax.  Give yourself permission to indulge on special days, but surround yourself with healthier food choices the rest of the time.

Here are some delicious and healthy recipe ideas to try at home (click on each image for recipe):

Artichoke Hummus

fennel-and-leek-soup

Blood Orange and Green Olive Salad

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew

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1 Justine December 29, 2010 at 6:09 am
2 Justine December 29, 2010 at 6:08 am

I plan on staying healthy this season by walking my dog when I can, exercising while watching tv, and by eating small portions :D

3 Sand December 29, 2010 at 6:04 am

I maintain my workouts and try to eat in moderation that way I get to taste a little of everything.

4 R Hicks December 29, 2010 at 5:59 am

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5 R Hicks December 29, 2010 at 5:57 am

I stay healthy by eating only small portions. Eat many dishes but small amounts

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6 Barbara Long December 29, 2010 at 5:21 am

I plan on staying healthy by drinking lots of water everyday, limiting treats to small portions and riding my stationary bike whenever I can, even if it is for only 15 minutes here and there.

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7 jessi c December 29, 2010 at 5:17 am

I take small amounts of my favorite foods and workout in the morning so it dont get pushed aside
i try to drink water before meals

8 Rosey December 29, 2010 at 4:20 am
9 Rosey December 29, 2010 at 4:20 am

I love your eating slow comment. Savor the flavor, that’s what it’s there for is to enjoy!! My tip for staying healthy is to workout first thing in the morning before you do anything else at all. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. You’ll look at that gorgeous Amaretto Chocolate Cheesecake and opt for a sliver instead of a hunk because you know full well how hard you worked at burning calories in the morning.

10 Brandy Byrne December 29, 2010 at 4:03 am
11 Brandy Byrne December 29, 2010 at 4:02 am

Always try new recipes. Diet cookbooks are a great resource.

12 Chrysa December 29, 2010 at 3:58 am
13 Chrysa December 29, 2010 at 3:57 am

I try not to skimp on the fruits and veggies and I try to stay active too! (Our new dog that needs lots of walking helps!)

14 Patricia Treskovich December 29, 2010 at 3:08 am
15 Patricia Treskovich December 29, 2010 at 3:06 am

eat low cal fish and veggies and leep exercising so I can have some treats

16 Roxann December 29, 2010 at 3:00 am

I always try to eat a healthy meal at home before I go out to a holiday party or get together. This way I won’t be so hungry that I will eat too much junk food while I’m out.

17 Emily N. December 29, 2010 at 2:28 am

I’ll eat veggies and exercise daily to balance out the extra sweets.

18 ILIANA BLAIR December 29, 2010 at 2:05 am
19 ILIANA BLAIR December 29, 2010 at 2:05 am

Water, moderation, healthy food choices!

20 Aaron B from IL December 29, 2010 at 1:53 am
21 Aaron B from IL December 29, 2010 at 1:52 am

My best tip is to eat a healthy meal before going to a party so that you won’t eat so much unhealthy food at the party.

22 tallcapp December 29, 2010 at 1:49 am

I eat really healthy food for 11 1/2 months of the year. For that reason, I feel I can indulge during the holiday season.

23 Sarah L December 29, 2010 at 1:48 am

My portion control is keeping foods out of my house that I would eat too much of. Thanks for the contest.

24 Sarah L December 29, 2010 at 1:47 am
25 Suzanne Lewis December 29, 2010 at 1:26 am

I plan on only eating small portions of the items I want.

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26 Jill L December 29, 2010 at 1:20 am
27 Jill L December 29, 2010 at 1:16 am

I keep my baking to a minimum. I’m too tempted to do a bunch of test tasting. I participate in a cookie exchange. It gives me a variety of cookies for the family without me doing the sampling.

28 Donna B. December 29, 2010 at 1:02 am
29 Donna B. December 29, 2010 at 1:01 am

I try to avoid the sweets, and stick to the fresh fruit and veggies.

30 rebecca December 29, 2010 at 12:31 am

I will drink more water, I will eat something healthy before parties or family gatherings, and what I cannot easily resist I am determined to avoid.

31 Kirsten December 28, 2010 at 11:53 pm
32 Kirsten December 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I’m trying to think about why I am eating. I know a lot of time it has nothing to do with hunger. I have been dealing with weight issues since I was 11 years old!

33 c y December 28, 2010 at 11:09 pm
34 c y December 28, 2010 at 11:08 pm

We eat the same as we do all year-healthy and foods from scartch. No holiday baking and no junk food. Makes it easy.

35 Amy Delong December 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

no cookies or cake and still regular exercising!
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36 trisha dowling December 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm

i drink as much water as possible!!!

37 Shawnna December 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I avoid sodas and drink water instead

38 Olga A December 28, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I’ll just eat a bit of everything and don’t go for seconds. .

39 Lauren December 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

i think i’ve done pretty well honestly. i try and make the sweets last, and i don’t eat tons for the actual meals.

40 Lisa A. December 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I plan to stay healthy by getting plenty of rest and making liberal use of the hand sanitizer!

41 mistysunrise December 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm
42 mistysunrise December 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I eat the rich foods in moderation

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43 Betty C December 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm
44 Betty C December 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I stay healthy by allowing myself to have a few bites of those “forbidden foods”
When I go out to eat I make sure only the “good” foods are brought home to eat later. If I allow my daughter to give me leftovers I know she will try to give me desserts because I love them, but I refuse to bring them home with me.

45 Kristen December 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I’m giving away alot of the sweet treats I receive, and cooking up some healthier choices.

46 Denise S December 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm

The only way to avoid overeating during the holidays would be to have nothing good in the house. I let myself enjoy it and start over at New Years.

47 dorothy December 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I plan on eating just a bite of everything

48 Felicia K. December 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Drinking water is important, and it helps you stay fuller.

49 lisa December 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm
50 lisa December 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm
51 lisa December 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I fill up on salad. This help me avoid junk.

52 PauleyD December 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm
53 PauleyD December 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

My strategy is to stay healthy all year round and indulge around the holiday season. I like to work out and I tend to eat clean year round, so when the holidays roll around I don’t feel bad about sampling from the goody tray.

My wife lets herself eat off of one medium sized plate and doesn’t go for seconds.

54 clynsg December 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Although we have the goodies in the house for the get-togethers, I send the majority of them home with my daughter, who does have the extra appetites in her house! That does not mean, unfortunately, that I might not indulge somewhat while they are here.

55 Leslie S. December 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I try to have a healthy snack for every unhealthy one I eat.I try to keep fruits and veggies around as well as cheese and crackers to not be tempted to just eat the junk.Thanks!
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56 laurie December 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm

try not to stress, and limit portions.

57 laurie December 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm

try not to stress, and get enough sleep. and limit portions.

58 April December 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

Always only eat the most unique and seasonal dishes and avoid the meh stuff. Why waste calories on things you could eat any time of the year? Plus, I always try to eat a filling breakfast, usually oatmeal, and a filling lunch with lots of protein and fiber so I’m less likely to snack.

59 valancia December 28, 2010 at 11:19 am

Try staying away from the goodies and fattening things such as baked goods candy and things loaded with butter sugar or cream and trying to eat like a Diabetic would, that’s a good diet to follow for anyone

60 Danielle B. December 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

i always say everything is fine in moderation. instead of 7 cookies ill just have one. i use smaller plates and dont go back for seconds. sometimes i eat a healthy snack before the party so i am not starving.

61 Bryanna P. December 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

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62 Auriette December 28, 2010 at 6:20 am

I’ve been on a weight loss program for several months, so I have been trying to watch what I eat anyway. I was worried about the holidays. This year at the big family dinners, I allowed myself to take just a small spoonful of anything that looked good, instead of what I would usually do, which was to take a big spoonful or two. After finishing my plate, I was comfortably full instead of overstuffed, and I didn’t feel that I had denied myself anything, so I was truly satisfied.

63 Mickey Coutts December 28, 2010 at 6:10 am
64 Mickey Coutts December 28, 2010 at 6:09 am

I eat healthy when friends are bringing me all sorts of goodies by eating a healthy meal first, before parties or entertaining. If I’m not hungry, I won’t nibble the goodies!

65 ANGEL JACKLYN December 28, 2010 at 5:30 am

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66 ANGEL JACKLYN December 28, 2010 at 5:29 am

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67 Becky Horn December 28, 2010 at 5:14 am
68 Becky Horn December 28, 2010 at 5:12 am

I try to drink more water to make up for all the great food I couldnt turn down
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69 Terri December 28, 2010 at 4:10 am

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70 Sue December 28, 2010 at 3:56 am

Drink more water and do more walking. Thanks!

71 latisha depoortere December 28, 2010 at 3:31 am
72 latisha depoortere December 28, 2010 at 3:30 am

I drink lots of water and exercise when I can! I don’t eat alot at one time small meals! great giveaway thank you very much :)
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73 Kim H. December 28, 2010 at 2:17 am

The recession hit our family hard these last few years. What we’re doing to stay healthy is scaling back on the food and having more entertainment in the house. It’s loads more fun!

74 Claire December 28, 2010 at 12:53 am

I drink a lot of water and exercise a little extra!

75 Ceinwyn December 28, 2010 at 12:03 am

I sneak veggie purees into my dinners to amp up the nutrition, fools my husband into eating veggies way more than he usually would!

76 Valeen N December 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I try to keep plenty of fruits and veggies on hand already cut up so we reach for those instead of the sugary goodies!

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77 heatherzilla December 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Wow! Those photos are amazing. They make me want to cook.

I do try and eat healthy during the holidays. The main thing for me is that I do not deny myself, because it does not work. If I say that I will not eat sweets at my grandmother’s, I will fail and then I will hate myself for the rest of the day and my holiday will be ruined. Instead, I chose my favorites, have small portions, drink lots of water, and eat slowly so that I can savor each bite.

78 Lewis F December 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm
79 Lewis F December 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I try to eat healthy, low calorie, high-protein snacks at 11AM and 4PM. It works two ways, it keeps the metabolism high and keeps me feeling more full until proper dinner time.

80 Lori Hart December 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I guess I’m “lucky” enough not to have a severe sweet tooth. The sweetest treat I eat this time of year is cranberry sauce… and I have to be really careful becuase I’m addicted to it. I also drink a lot of water (which is also good when you’re inside overly heated rooms) and tell myself often that dusting/cleaning/vacuuming is cardio!

81 simone December 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I make sure I don’t keep any sweets that I make over the holidays in my house. We eat a few and then drop them off at someone else’s house or a work potluck! Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

82 pixie13 December 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm
83 pixie13 December 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I fill up on fresh fruits & veggies before going for the fatty, calorie rich dishes.

84 Teegan Briggs December 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I have a rule for myself…before I go for the junk food, I will eat something healthier and then wait 20 minutes before indulging. So…if somebody brings over lasagna, I will have a banana and some salad before gorging myself on the fattening food!

85 nanjhall December 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm
86 nanjhall December 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm

On plan on staying healthy by watching what I eat and increasing my exercise…so far, so good.

87 shel December 27, 2010 at 6:03 am
88 shel December 27, 2010 at 6:02 am

For the holidays, I don’t indulge except for Christmas day. I promise myself that if I’m good all December, on Christmas I won’t be counting calories or feeling guilty for having an extra nut horn, or two. I also refuse to take home my mom’s leftovers because I know that’s just too much temptation to have in my refrigerator. While she pouts a bit, I know she understands my plight.

I also keep some low-calorie snacks on hand at work because there’s always cookie trays and goodies the weeks leading up to Christmas. From my lips straight to my hips and I swear it’s always worse during the holidays.

And when I’m Christmas shopping, I always bring along a bottle of water. The stores are hot and I know that I’d be tempted to stop for a soda or grab a quick fast-food snack..the water helps fill me up, keep me cool and it’s much better for me than soda.

89 Daniel M December 27, 2010 at 5:35 am

the more you eat the more time on the treadmill

90 Debra F December 27, 2010 at 3:09 am

I found that the time I overeat too much is at dinner (especially when there is pasta or potatoes), so I’ve taken to eating on a bread plate….seriously. It sounds like a tiny portion, but I fill the plate so I feel like I’ve got a whole plate full, and usually it’s plenty of food. If I get hungry later, I have a healthy snack. Works well at parties too. I let myself have whatever I want as long as it can fit on one small size plate.

91 Lori Walker December 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I have learned to always bring a dish when going to a holiday party. Then, I seem like a gracious guest and know that there is at least one healthy option available!

92 Erica C. December 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I eat a healthy meal at home before I go to any holiday party. It keeps me fuller and less likely to eat bad treats.

93 Geoff K December 26, 2010 at 5:58 pm
94 Geoff K December 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I’m trying to stay healthy during the holidays by drinking liters and liters of water to stay full and avoid overindulging, getting up early every morning for a run to kick-start my metabolism, and doing little things like parking at the far end of the parking lot to sneak in more exercise. Thanks!

95 katfam December 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I’m trying to say no to sweets, but it is hard. Mostly I just gave myself a week off and I’ll start back to being good tomorrow.

96 Elizabeth N. December 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I make sure to eat what I am craving – and think about if I am really still hungry or if it’s just that the food is THERE! I also don’t hang out near the food – it makes it too easy to keep grazing.

97 kelly w. December 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm

To eat healthy during the holiday season I keep a veggie tray & fruit tray handy for snacking – easy to just grab a small piece of fruit or a few cut veggies! To help manage portions I don’t use large serving spoons – just regular spoons.

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98 catherine copeland December 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I try to keep in mind portion sizes like a deck of cards for protien and a tennis ball for veggies I do sample some treats but I don’t load up my plate with them

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99 Craig Johnson December 26, 2010 at 5:53 am

I eat a little bit of everything and don’t deprive myself – that way I don’t pig out!!

100 Debbie C December 26, 2010 at 5:52 am

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101 Debbie C December 26, 2010 at 5:51 am

I don’t try too much restriction at Christmastime because I think it’s a time to enjoy all things. However, I don’t eat treats and foods offered just to be social, cordial or whatever. No “clean your plate to show you liked it” stuff. I take small portions first and only finish what I really like.

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102 julieh December 26, 2010 at 12:16 am

I plan on staying healthy by making time to exercise and eating fruit and veggies before other treats.

103 Happi Shopr December 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I keep fresh veggies washed, cut and ready to munch on instead of sweets.

104 karen December 25, 2010 at 12:06 am

MMMMmm, that hummus looks good! I have been taking a lot of walks and trying to be very careful what I eat.

105 Becca December 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I plan on staying healthy by eating at home before I go out, so I am not as hungry. Then I will only try the things that look irresistible! Thanks!

106 Susan C. December 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I try to drink plenty of water, and avoid taking home leftovers.

107 Melissa December 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I drink a big glass of water or two a while before the meal. That fills me up so I’m not tempted to pile big portions on my plate! Then I pick one thing to splurge on (I usually have to eat a low carb diet, due to insulin resistance, so every Christmas I splurge on cheese potatoes!). I keep my portions of everything else small. I also have two little boys to chase around, so I’m sure that helps burn calories. :)

108 Debra Hall December 24, 2010 at 9:49 am

i stay away from sweets

109 Jennifer M December 24, 2010 at 12:38 am

I eat a big healthy dinner before I go out to parties so I’m not as hungry.

110 Jennifer gersch December 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I try to fill up on soup for the holidays

111 mickeyfan December 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Lucky for me, I recently started a new job in a place with lots of co-workers. I can bring my goodies to share and not eat them all myself!

112 ashley December 23, 2010 at 3:37 am

i try to always leave a couple of bites of whatever i’m eating. that helps me to cut back a little

113 Patricia December 22, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I stay healthy by eating salads and veggies and avoiding the more fattening foods. I also drink lots of water.

114 Lathres B December 22, 2010 at 4:13 am

I drink lots of water and only eat when I’m hungry. A little goes a long way – so only small portions for me.

115 Ellie W December 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm
116 Ellie W December 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I never accept anything to take home from a party and I avoid alcoholic drinks so I don’t have to worry about those empty calories.

117 Anne Weber-Falk December 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I plan on serving good fruits at the table for before and after dinner. Dinner will be leaner and more flavorful as well.

118 Leelee December 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

When you eat, make a plate and sit down. Don’t read or watch TV. Stay with your food and stop when you are satisfied, not full.

119 Kathleen December 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I eat what I want on Christmas but then back to the regular portions and meals the next day. I love to indulge once in awhile.

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120 Norma December 21, 2010 at 6:36 am

I need to GAIN weight so the calories of holiday foods are actually a plus for me. I just need to make sure I’m getting my fruits, veggies and proteins – I can’t live on fudge and cookies!

121 LAMusing December 21, 2010 at 6:35 am
122 LAMusing December 21, 2010 at 6:34 am

I go ahead and indulge in the goodies without guilt – by making sure all my other meals and snacks are really healthy and low calorie!

123 kathy December 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I don’t go to any holiday parties hungry. I’ll eat a small healthy snack beforehand that way I’m not starving and I don’t gobble up everything in site.

124 Courtney S December 20, 2010 at 5:44 am

I plan to stick with the fresh/raw veggies to snack on. If I want to indulge I only eat a very small portion.

125 Janna Johnson December 20, 2010 at 5:11 am

I drink a bottle of water in the car on the way to parties to help me curb my intake!!
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126 Kathy Scott December 20, 2010 at 3:46 am

i am going to stay healthy by taking the time to exercise.

127 Suzanne K December 20, 2010 at 1:21 am

I’m with you on the smaller plates. And for budgetary reasons, I’m making much more from scratch. I also try to have a nice big bowl of oatmeal with raisins and apples every morning. I find if I start the day with a good breakfast, it helps me resist temptation much of the rest of the day.

128 jolene December 20, 2010 at 12:59 am

i drink lots before and during the meal, water, not alcohol lol

129 beth shepherd December 20, 2010 at 12:49 am
130 beth shepherd December 20, 2010 at 12:48 am

I like to eat a salad before we go out to dinner at friends and family. I also like to get small portions and drink lots of water.
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131 Stacy (Little Blue Hen) December 19, 2010 at 7:20 am

Staying hydrated and eating mindfully. It’s ok to eat desserts, just stop when you’ve had enough.

132 Patrick December 19, 2010 at 5:53 am

It’s all about portion control. I pretty much eat what I want but in small portions and also drink water with my meals.

133 Cindy December 19, 2010 at 5:50 am

When I make salad, I use apples and fresh walnuts and pecans with it. Also to cut calories I use some red vinegar to give it a kick without any bottled sodium that come from the shelves.

134 Becky W. December 19, 2010 at 5:47 am

I love having soup so I try to eat healthy by not purchasing them off the shelf and getting the ingredients fresh. It may take longer but the result is always worth it. I love making fresh chicken soup with veggies and no extra salt needed.

135 Laura Jayne December 19, 2010 at 4:00 am
136 Mary B December 19, 2010 at 2:06 am

To limit fat and calories I pass up the dips and deserts.

137 Debbie Bellows December 19, 2010 at 12:01 am
138 Debbie Bellows December 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm

It’s really difficult to eat healthy during the Holidays and I am sad to say that sometimes I don’t – I wish I had better willpower – I’ll make sure to walk on my treadmill!

139 ohkeeka December 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm

We always get lots and lots of candy from relatives, friends, co-workers, etc over the holidays. The past few years, I’ve been hiding my portion of this and I pick out one thing a week to eat. This works out much better than eating it all in December/January and having a sugar hangover for weeks!

140 Jeff December 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm
141 Jeff December 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I plan on working out everyday.

142 Steve W. December 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

Stay active and watch the portion sizes.

143 Christine December 18, 2010 at 2:11 am

drink a lot of water

144 Susan E. December 18, 2010 at 1:49 am

I make sure that the meals I eat are healthy and filling and that I don’t skip any of them. It’s easier for me to make wise choices if I’m not starving. I also try to keep my regular workouts a top priority – sometimes hard to do when life get crazy.

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145 Steve December 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Eat smaller portions, more frequently throughout the day, rather than a couple huge meals.

146 Whitney R December 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm

My office is full of sweets and they are all so tempting. As I pass by the candy and baked goods I remind myself that I’ve eaten all of those delicious items before, and eating them again will not justify breaking my good eating habits. It’s my mantra, “I’ve eaten it before, I’ve eaten it before, I’ve eaten it before…” So far it’s working!

147 Paige December 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I plan on eating well, continuing my work out routine, and living a little. I am going to eat that cake and those cookies, and I am going to enjoy them! The holidays are about happiness, it’s time to feel a bit of that through delicious treats!
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148 LauraJayne Parson December 17, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Instead of fasting all day, and arriving at a party famished, eat regular, healthy, and filling meals – so you can make healthy and responsible choices when you arrive, instead of eating everything in site because you are so hungry

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149 Teresa December 17, 2010 at 8:05 am

This year I decided to be a conscious eater. Take thought of how I cook and how I eat. We have cut back our meat intake, using meat as an addition to my cooking, not as a main ingredient, and eat several vegetarian meals a week. I found a great cookbook-Simply In Season-that features recipes by season. We eat in season and lots of veggies and fruit either from our own garden or the local farmer’s market. We feel great. My blood pressure has gone down considerably, as well as cholesterol count. I’m not, however, very successul at losing weight, but I still try to focus on the good we are doing and not be discouraged!

150 Roxan December 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I hope I win! :) I try to keep healthy by continuing to incorporate as much produce as I can into my diet, and of course yoga a few times a week.

151 Theresa December 15, 2010 at 11:36 pm

We eat lots of veggies (that aren’t slathered in butter!). It doesn’t fill you up, but it definitely staves off the hunger-pains and helps move digestion along. We also make sure to start small-you can always go back for seconds, and the up-and-moving gives you some time to feel out just how full you are. :)

152 Faythe December 15, 2010 at 11:36 pm

We have increased our water intake, reduced our portions, increased exercise, switched our fats (butter, coconut or olive oil, whole milk) and reduced caffeine and snacking habits. As a result, we’ve lost weight and continue to see our waistlines shrink. We’re absolutely loving it.

153 JP December 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Especially this time of year, vegetable soups are a very easy, healthy option. It usually takes me less than 15 minutes of chopping before a nice, big pot is simmering. My new favorite, cauliflower soup: 1 head of cauliflower, 4 cloves of garlic, enough vegetable broth to cover. After simmering, puree in the blender. Another new favorite – parsnip apple soup. The veggies are low calorie, but a nice thick soup still really hits the spot on a cold day!

154 Nadine L December 15, 2010 at 3:24 am
155 Nadine L December 15, 2010 at 3:24 am

My biggest problem is all the visiting during the holidays, every house has tons of goodies out for me to graze on. I found if I eat some fruit or a salad before I go, I will most likely not eat anything when I get there and if there is one thing I can’t resist, I will have a small portion since I am already full

156 MissB December 15, 2010 at 3:14 am

I lost 75lbs by using just a few techniques:
1. Don’t try to change your diet all at once-take out or add in food and drinks one at a time. I used to fail at changing my diet because I would wake up and say “Today I’m going to eat perfect!” and would never accomplish it-because really who eats perfectly? And what is a perfect diet? I think your diet needs change as you grow older or have lifestyle changes. Just make 1 change every month or so- it’s a lot better than setting unrealistic goals and failing.
2. Find a fresh fruit or veggie you love and eat as much as you want! I’m not a dietitian but this worked for me. I love raw red sweet peppers. I would buy 1 or 2 at a time because sitting and eating a plateful seemed extravagant. But I’ve found whatever it takes to entice you to eat fresh is what you should do. I eat them like fruit now. You want to have a balanced diet for sure but if it’s a fresh fruit or veg I’m not sure I believe any amount could be bad for you. I can eat a whole watermelon-still not a bad thing in my book-better than a bag of Doritos!
3. I constantly assess when I am full. I ask my self every few bites how I actually feel-still hungry or full? I never feel bad for not eating my whole plate anymore, I used to-it was how I grew up. Now my health is more important than finishing my plate.
4. I realized that I loooove food! I love all it’s flavors and textures and smells. I’m a very tactile person. But the time and money it takes to prepare a high quality meal is sometimes hard to come by. I used to replace quality with quantity. Now whatever I eat I try to eat the most flavorful, well prepared food I can make or find. Instead of Macaroni and Cheese from a box I bake a great loaf of bread and have a really excellent cheese. I find quality satisfies my much more than eating a large quantity of so so food. I stop after a few bites of brie but used to be able to kill a box of Cheese It’s.
These are a few tips that really help me. Start small, eat what you want in a best quality and stop when you’re full.
Happy Holidays!

157 Anna C. December 15, 2010 at 3:13 am

Lifting 4 times a week. Portion control.

158 M.A. December 15, 2010 at 3:05 am

I like to make sure my plate has more vegetables on it than any other food group.

159 Linda Lansford December 15, 2010 at 1:51 am

I eat lots of fruits and veggies

160 Kerry December 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm
161 Kerry December 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm

If I know I’m going to be eating at a party, I will eat light the rest of the day to save some calories to be able to splurge a little at the party.

162 Laurie December 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I find that if I bring home celery (no, really!) and clean it and cut it up into nice thin pieces and keep it in water in the fridge, I LOVE munching on it when I’m craving a snack. I like it better than crackers or bread with hummus or goat cheese… two of my standards.
I also like to add a huge handful of kale or spinach to any soup or stew that I make or even heat up. I do a nice thin chiffonade so that it doesn’t take over.

163 Shannon December 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I love to drink a big glass of water before I actually eat…and I eat 5-7 smal meals thruout the date low in fat and calories……So I get both my daily water intake and I never feel hungry……..workout 3-4 times a weeks doesnt hurt either!

164 Mary December 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I’m not always successful, but I try to eat mindfully – to not eat while watching TV or reading blogs, and really focus on every aspect of each bite. If I really enjoy and pay attention to what I’m eating, I eat less.

165 Rickey Rudy December 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I’ve recently quit smoking…June, recently lost my job…last Thursday…and have put on some weight. I will go back to exercise 6 days a week I simply walk for an hour (generally 4 miles)….ouch I think I’ll have to work up to that. Also, fruit, fiber and protein for breakfast in child portions, a frozen food for lunch and whatever I am cooking the family for dinner served for myself on a salad plate. I snack on peanuts in the shell and fruit during the day. It worked before here’s to it working again! Merry Christmas and thanks for the orange, olive and oil recipe!

166 Liz O. December 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I just recently lost 65 lbs and this is what’s working for me. Don’t let yourself get to a point where you are starving. I eat a lot throughout the day… breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between. I used to think being hungry was good, that I was burning off my fat. Not true!! Eating keeps your metabolism up and prevents you from pigging out (something that’s easy to do at a holiday buffet!). You just have to eat the right things. I am always prepared with a plan on what I am going to allow myself to eat and I stick to it. Eating too much food is what made me overweight, kept me overweight and will make me overweight again if I don’t stick to my new healthy lifestyle. I am a firm believer in “you crave what you eat”. Once I stopped eating some of the unhealthy foods I used to eat I stopped wanting them. I promise you this is true!! I used to tell myself “well I just don’t want to live a life that doesn’t include french fries, I’d rather be fat and satisfied”. The level of satisfaction I feel now that I’ve lost 65 lbs FAR outweighs anything I ever felt eating a french fry! I hope my words inspire just one person because anyone can do this!

167 Hope December 14, 2010 at 4:15 am

If I want to munch just because I’m bored I try to have a cup of tea instead, or a big glass of milk, also munching on fresh foods and not chips or other prepackaged junk foods.

168 joni December 14, 2010 at 2:56 am

Sad to say, but I do not eat healthy during the holidays—what fun would that be! But I do start dieting after the new year.
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169 Erica S December 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Trying to stay motivated to do something exercise-related per day. Only drinking on the weekends. Keeping hydrated with lots of veggies and lean proteins on the menu. Salmon, Chicken, and such. Thanks for the giveaway!

170 Jami (Sensical Musings) December 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I try to stay active and get in a 30 minute walk before or after big holiday meals. If I am heading to a party, I eat something healthy before I go and/or bring a healthy dish to share when appropriate. I also give away lots of test batches or extra treats to co-workers or friends.

171 Tarah December 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I make sure I don’t withhold the treats from myself, I just get the correct portion size so I get my fill and don’t feel left out!

172 Amanda December 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I love to bake, but find the best option for me is to give away all I make, saving just a cookie or nibble for myself. I don’t put anything “off limits” but instead just try to eat smaller portions (using small bowls and plates is key in this, as a “full” plate helps to make you feel satisfied). And fruits and vegetables at every meal is definitely the way to go. I lost 60 lbs about six years ago now, and I’m happy to have kept it off doing those simple things (+ exercise of course).

173 RMJ December 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm

shop at the farmer’s market.

174 Pintoo December 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Moderation is the key. You can indulge in some good stuff during holidays, however overindulgence creates problems.
And working out 30 minutes a day. (walking, jogging, swimming, elliptical) will not only keep you healthy, but will also stop the cravings and emotional eating.
Cut back on sugar laden stuff, saturated fats, trans fats and you are good to go.
Make healthy choices like eating handful of nuts rather than a bag of chips.
Eat raisins, dried apricots, or prunes rather than cookies and cereals.
Make your sweet yogurt by adding honey, or agave nectar or coconut nectar and chopped fresh fruit to plain yogurt. It is much better than store bought sugary yogurts.
Sprinkle your salads with sunflower seeds, walnuts, white/black sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds or chia seeds rather than sprinkling it with cheese, bacon bits or ranch dressing.
Make your own salad dressing using walnut oil, flax seed oil or grape seed oil, or hemp oil with either cider vinegar, rice wine vinegar or red wine vinegar. They taste much much better compared to the store bought bottled salad dressing.

175 Kate December 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Join a CSA! More veggies than you can eat every week, organic, local and from a small farm. You support local farmers as a bonus! Shop at your local farmer’s market, make your own hummus and take things like baby carrots and celery sticks with a small container of hummus to work to snack on instead of chocolate bars and chips from the deli. Half the amount of oil in your go-to dinner recipes.

176 Dee December 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I fix lots of soups to eat over the month of December and eat only few sweet treats. Just our favorites.

177 Beth Anne December 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Every Sunday I spend the day cooking for my husband and I. I make 2 lbs of ground turkey breast burgers (mix the lean turkey breast with sauted mushrooms, onions, herbs, black beans and vital wheat gluten for a great tasting burger), 2 lbs of brined and roasted chicken breast (no skin) and tons of veggies (some samples: brussel sprouts w/ caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar, roasted green beans w/ mushrooms, roasted broccoli and cauliflower w/ jalepeno peppers, squash soup). I freeze individual daily portions for each of us, and pull them out to defrost the night before. We always have a great and healthy meal on hand, and are never tempted.

On holidays, we make sure that we eat “normal” (see above), and work out the entire week before (and after) a holiday splurge, and for that one meal (Christmas eve, New Years day, Holiday Party), we eat whatever we want. Cake, cookies, dips, bread, whatever… We both know that we can afford one day of indulgence since we are so regimented every other day of the week.

178 Debbie December 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm
179 Charlotte December 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I am always so annoyed with parents who say that all their kids eat is junk. If you don’t buy it they can’t and won’t eat it! When I bring home the occasional package of Oreos they are gone within 2 days. My 3 kids devour them and I can’t imagine what it would be like if they were always in the house. That’s why there is a problem with childhood obesity! I make my own treats because I know what’s in them and it’s not an everyday thing so it is actually a “treat.” I also make my kids try everything I make. They have pretty sophisticated palettes for being ages 8, 5, and 3 and I’m pretty proud of that!

180 Becky December 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm

At a party, I have water first before enjoying a glass of wine. I then switch back to water (or herbal tea if it is available), so that I have something in my hand while mingling & being social.

181 Tari L. December 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I bring a healthy option to share at holiday parties so I know there is at least one dish I can nibble on without guilt.

182 Wendryn December 13, 2010 at 4:08 am

I’ve been trying to exercise at least half an hour a day. The Wii has been helping a lot. Even if it’s just walking or doing step or whatever, it’s part of the routine at this point. I also plan out my meals. I take breakfast and lunch to work with me so I’m not tempted to go out. We make lunches for the week on Sunday, generally soup or stir fry, and it always has a lot of vegetables. We don’t eat meat very often and when we do we don’t eat a lot of it.

It’s a big adjustment, but even when we’re at parties I just take little bits of things. I get to taste the food and enjoy what I love, but I don’t have to eat a huge amount of it.

183 Eden December 13, 2010 at 1:59 am

I exercise and try to practice portion control to stay healthy. I try to eat a salad or vegetable with each meal, eat meat only 1-2 times a week, except fish–I eat fish 2 times a week, and then I walk, go to zumba classes, ride my bike, and go to the gym. I LOVE eating so I have to try to stay healthy and fit so I can keep eating! :-)

184 Alyssa December 13, 2010 at 12:27 am

Aside from actually eating healthier meals and less sugar, I try not to over do it with too many dishes….many times at Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are just so many dishes that have been made and really way too much to choose from. I try to pick out a few items (that balance each other, of course) that I want the MOST! Then, I try to avoid getting seconds….this way, by the time dessert comes around, I still have plenty of room and still only choose a small serving of one thing, this keeps me in check!!

185 Jeanne December 12, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I drink lots of water and make almost all of my food at home, from simple ingredients. That way I have lots of control over what goes into food. I do eat sweet treats during the holidays, but I just keep the portion size down. Also, I hardly ever watch TV, which definitely cuts down on cravings.

186 Hannah December 12, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I always try to make sure that I eat something green–dark green–at every meal. Of course, on a RAW food diet, that is not too difficult, but I remember the days of loving brown and yellow foods! Instead of starchy pasta, go for mung beans (or even mung bean pasta! It’s DELICIOUS!). They are loaded with protein and are anti-inflammatory, which means that they help slow the aging process and help brighten your countenance. Instead of iceberg lettuce, try spinach or kale. The darker the greens, the better!

187 Alyssa December 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I’ve learned that just because someone gives something to me, doesn’t mean I need to eat it. It drives me crazy how quickly my house fills up with candies, cookies, and other treats during the holidays. I used to feel guilty throwing or giving this stuff away, knowing someone had put effort into baking or buying it for me. But then I realized I’d feel even worse if I ate it just because “it was there.” Now when treats arrive, I send them to work with my husband, or just toss them in the trash. I really hate being wasteful, but I also hate being constantly tempted to eat things I shouldn’t be eating.

188 Cynthia C December 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm
189 Cynthia C December 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I search out recipes that use healthy ingredients. I’m planning hummus instead of creamy dips and veggie dippers instead of chips. When I bake, I try to use recipes that use healthy oils rather than butter or shortening.

190 Lisa T December 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Even with the holiday parties and treats for most days/meals I’m cooking so I make sure to have plently of vegetables and modest portions of lean proteins and whole grains. When I do go to events with high-fat and high-sugar foods, I focus on enjoying the people, eating veggies first if available and treating myself to small portions of the higher calorie goodies. A little extra workout the next day doesn’t hurt either!

191 Mary M December 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm
192 Mary M December 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I take a walk and then at the age of 71 just enjoy the holidays.
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193 Toby December 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm
194 Toby December 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I try to maintain portion control by eating half of what is put onto my dinner plate. As for sweets, I choose those I’m most drawn to and eat a bite of each.

195 arien December 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm

The coming week is finals week for me, so I’m dealing with stress eating in addition to the holidays. I haven’t been “perfect” (erg, I hate how morally loaded these terms are) by any means, but so far I’ve been doing better than I thought I would.

1) I’m eating basically whatever I want, but not a ton of it. Normally I load up on fruit and veggies, but lately my appetite has been off and I basically want carbs, sugar, and . . . celery? Oh, and cheese. So I’m not beating myself up for skipping salads for a few days, but I’m not eating huge portions of other food. My meals have actually gotten smaller. Pizza for breakfast is okay, but I’m not devouring the whole thing.
2) Realize when you don’t want to eat something.
2) Exercise! I know you can’t realistically burn off extra calories, but it helps so much with stress. When you have to write two grueling finals papers, exercise seems pretty appealing, because it’s just so much more fun. Plus, I don’t feel super-hungry after weight training.

196 Madelon December 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I recently lose 30 pounds by changing my eating habits and incorporating a small amount of exercise into my life. I think the best advice I have is:
1.drink lots and lots of water!!
2. Eat breakfast: get your metabolism going early and eat frequently: 4-5 smaller meals is better for your metabolism than 3 big meals.
3.Eat fresh: Cooking seasonally is a way to keep your diet fun, healthy and varied.
4. Support!! Find a friend to get on track with you so you can be there for eachother or track your progress: journal your weight weekly or if eating healthy isnt about losing weight but simply living healthy, journal about how you feel.
5. Lastly: don’t deprive yourself of food/sweets, just don’t eat them everyday and in excess. A little piece of birthday cake or a holiday cookie inst going to kill your diet.

Have a wonderful holiday season!!!

197 Andrea December 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I plan to cook a lot with pumpkin. Great superfood!

Love your blog.

198 Judith December 12, 2010 at 6:09 am
199 Judith December 12, 2010 at 6:06 am

The hummas is a healthy recipe but in my book only ok in the calories. Assuming that recipe serve 4 (I doubt it) here it is.
Calories 491
Calories from Fat 155
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
17.2g
26%
Saturated Fat
2.2g
11%
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
325mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates
66.1g
22%
Dietary Fiber
19.2g
77%
Sugars
11.4g
Protein
21.8g
Vitamin A 2% • Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 14% • Iron 41%
Nutrition Grade A
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

200 Sarah Hirsch December 12, 2010 at 5:48 am

i will try not to overdo the sweets and goodies. all i can do is try.

201 Bacallsmom December 12, 2010 at 4:20 am

I plan to keep up my exercise routine and only eat if I am hungry–not just because the food is “there” or someone offers it to me.

202 Timbo December 12, 2010 at 4:13 am

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203 Timbo December 12, 2010 at 4:13 am

Gotta say the finest way to eat healthy for our family is to stick a Mediterranean diet of pastas, fishes, olive oil and other necessary peripherals :D

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204 Heathercicle December 12, 2010 at 3:43 am

To stay fit during the holidays, I always join a new workout class at my gym for just 1 day a week. I also find it helpful to drink tons of water throughout the day so that I always feel satisfied and less likely to snack, especially at social events (water only – no alcohol).

205 Heather S December 12, 2010 at 3:39 am

I love trying lots of different goodies, so I make sure I take a very small amount so I don’t feel deprived but I don’t overeat. Also drink lots of water

206 Mona December 12, 2010 at 3:12 am

Every day at lunch, I try to eat a rainbow. Salad, lots of it, with a nice light dressing. Last summer when I started this habit I wasn’t really trying to lose weight, but to my amazement I found my clothes getting less snug.

207 Julie December 12, 2010 at 1:49 am

Kick the coffee to the curb and drink green tea…lots of it! You’ll feel amazing.

208 Georgia December 12, 2010 at 1:46 am

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209 Georgia December 12, 2010 at 1:45 am

I have to say, the holidays are to get together and eat and be merry and that I do. I eat alot of veggies first, drink lots of water and eat dinner slowly, only because I love to talk to everyone.

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211 Gina @The Crave To Save December 12, 2010 at 12:11 am

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212 Stefan December 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I recommend going to holiday parties on a full stomach. It helps curb the temptation to snack when you get there. Also, if it is possible, try to be in a separate area from where food is sitting.

Stefan

213 Kristen December 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Limit the amount of meat and starchy items- make your plate colorful to brighten your mood. Also, spend some time and think about what you want to eat- fantasize about it, and then make it. I just read an article today about the more people think about food the less they end up eating. Be involved in it and savor it!

214 Amber December 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I didn’t know the bounty of amazing veggie and healthy foods were out there until I committed to a vegetarian lifestyle. I became much more adventurous with my meals. I find that reading blogs has connected me with a whole group of people who value healthy flavorful eating too. I’ve recently added flax into my cooking arsenal. Oh and a friend of mine recently found out she has celiacs disease/ That has been a great inspiration for me to accommodate other special diets into my cooking too.

215 Rebecca Graham December 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I write down everything I eat and that keeps me from overindulging.

216 Lauren December 11, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Half the problem with exercising to me is finding excuses not to. Once I get home I don’t want to change into work out gear and get moving. The ladies at the office and I decided to team together for a fit club and convinced our owners to buy the P90X workout DVD’s. At 5:00 twice a week we roll out some yoga mats at work(!) and get moving. It’s hard to say no when you have support and the workout is happening right in front of you – makes you want to join in!

217 Kelly December 11, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I eat healthy all year round, so I just keep up the same habits. I have co-workers who constantly ask me if I want this unhealthy food or that one, and I’ve gotten very good at declining treats. I just say, “No, thank you; it looks good, but I’ve already had my dessert for today!” People know I’ve been losing weight and don’t get offended if I turn down a treat.

Allowing yourself a few bites of something indulgent (a) won’t undo your weight loss and (b) will help you from going overboard by denying yourself treats!

218 Susan Smith December 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm
219 Susan Smith December 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I try to fill up on proteins, vegetables and fruits so I’m not as tempted to eat the sweets. I also keep drinking water and keep to my exercise routine and not do a lot of baking to keep sweets out of the house.

220 Sara December 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm

First, remember what your body can do for you, and you’re more likely to treat it with respect. Drink lots of water, eat fruit/vegetables with every meal & snack, and finally, eat a little of what you really, truly want at mealtime. It works!

And P.S. – good seasonal fruit really does cut down on the craving for sweets.

221 Sarah December 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Use substitutions- when baking, try to mix applesauce with butter; replace mild cheese with smaller amounts of a stronger one. If you feel hungry, first drink water. Make your own snacks- things like chips, pita chips, sweet potato fries can easily be made at home and then you know what’s going in them.

222 Benny Williams December 11, 2010 at 7:20 am
223 Benny Williams December 11, 2010 at 7:19 am

I always try to follow the “80% rule”. Eat until you feel 80% and stop. If you feel hungry later, you can always have a snack. But usually that 80% is enough. Thanks for the giveaway!

224 Terri December 11, 2010 at 6:51 am
225 Terri December 11, 2010 at 6:46 am

About a year ago I found out that I was diabetic and started adjusting my diet, first and most effective was I started drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I bought a container that holds 64 oz. and fill it every night and put it in the fridge, I kown I have to finish it the next day. It made it easy to get the 8 glasses. I do not keep sweets or any junk food in the house. I still allow myself to have them but only when I go out. Which cut my intake of junk food by at least 80%, my sugar levels are good now.

226 Stephanie V. December 11, 2010 at 5:40 am

usually portion control size of palm and taking walks but this year fighting cancer, had treatment and isolation last week and lost my salivary glands so no taste whatsoever
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227 Catey December 11, 2010 at 5:33 am

I make sure to prepare healthy yet appetizing snacks and dishes alongside more traditional ones so that my guests can make their own choices. Lots of fruit, raw or roasted vegetables, healthy dips/spreads, a lighter entree option alongside the “heartier” one and two desserts. No one has ever noticed the healthier options… and those tend to go much faster and get more repeat requests.

I also send everyone out for walks after apps/before dinner and after dinner/before dessert. Maybe they just go so they don’t have to clean…. oh, well. They walk, I get quiet, it works. I work out in the morning unless it’s nutty as Thanksgiving and Christmas always are.

228 Renee December 11, 2010 at 4:24 am

When I’m tempted to eat something bad, I drink a glass of water. If I’m still tempted I try to eat a sweet fruit- grapefruit is a favorite of mine.

229 Roxanne Ellis Raymond December 11, 2010 at 2:02 am

I use my Wii Fit Plus and Wii EA Active Sports, I feel much better about myself and that keeps me from overindulging, its not worth it

230 Scott Martin December 11, 2010 at 12:38 am

Eating during the holidays is not easy sometimes. To stay healthy I always eat a small meal before I go so I don’t feel like I have to pack it on at the party. I would rather do that and have everyone say how svelt I look instead of hiding the pie when I walk in. Happy Holidays.
THANKS for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!

Scott Martin
spmartin122@gmail.com

231 sandy December 11, 2010 at 12:32 am

my tip is if you bake use splenda
if you snack no larger portions than your fist

232 Christina December 10, 2010 at 11:09 pm

I’ve really been getting into making smoothies. I add all kinds of fruits and veggies. Our favorite so far is kale, carrot juice, blueberry and banana. Spinach also works well. I even add in a handful of sliced almonds for some extra protein. This is such a great way to get some of your fruits and veggies and the kids love it too….which is a big plus!!

233 Margaret Smith December 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I try to drink lots of water and snack on healthy foods like fresh veggies and fruit. If I do indulge, I take tiny portions.

234 Sam December 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I am eating leafy greens every day! Super cancer-fighting power and super delicious!

235 Terri Dell December 10, 2010 at 9:09 pm
236 Terri Dell December 10, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I plan to cut up veggies to keep on hand for snacking to help avoid eating so many sweets.

237 Ellen December 10, 2010 at 8:53 pm

i eat a gluten free, whole foods diet which helps me maintain my weight. i also try to eat very little sugar, as my body doesn’t handle it well. I still eat treats, just use alternative sweeteners or make them a special occasion (the entire holiday season does NOT qualify as a special occasion!) I also try to fit in exercise wherever possible everyday, whether that is a walk, a sweaty gym session or some yoga before bed. it all helps!

238 Jimmy December 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I used to be very obese, and it was something I lived with most of my life. I started in 2000 to change my ways. I needed to focus on what my issues were. #1 was to get over the word “I can’t” Another was to stop blaming everyone in my life growing up. I did have a rough time growing up, but knew that “crutch” couldn’t be used anymore.
One of the main things was to reduce the stress I was under. That helped me lose a chunk of the unhealthy weight.
Moving forward 10 years…I went from 415lbs to my current weight of 231lbs.
I try and be conscious of what I am eating…BUT I do love food. I am not going to restrict everything out of my life.
I do make large pots of soups & stews of sort. I know exactly how many calories are in them, and portion them out to freeze. Then I just grab one in my lunch bag and off I go. This helps me save money & calories by not leaving with the crowd at the office to go get food at lunch.
I also started to get addicted to the gym…which is not a bad addiction to have.
I go at least 2 times a day on weekdays, and on the weekend. It keeps me balanced, and lets me have a cheat meal too =)

Best thing is to decide on what the goal is..what you are going to do to achieve them..smile..and not starve yourself

239 Stephanie F December 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Making sure there are more vegetables than anything else on my plate each meal. I’m also signing up for a yoga class starting the New Year.

240 Sarah December 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm

My healthy eating tip is to eat small healthy snacks between meals to keep something in your stomach and not get to the “starving” point where you’ll just eat anything you see. My snacks include nonfat greek yogurt, carrots/snap peas and hummus, or a piece of fruit with peanut butter.

241 Adrienne Gordon December 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I make sure when I nibble, it is on carrots. I also keep exercising and that helps to elminate the excess food I may eat.

242 Wendy December 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I tweeted @wendysuemcd.

243 Christine Jacobs December 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Well I am certainly not always the poster child for healthy, but in general I try to stay from all soda, fried food, and super processed carbohydrates (more whole grains). Plus I love going to the farmer’s market to get really delicious fruits and veggies, which makes them more tempting than the bad snacks.

244 Wendy December 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I eat a primarily plant based diet, and love ALL KINDS of food. In baking recipes which call for egg, I often substitute 1 T. ground flax seed and 3 T. warm water, mixed together. It adds fiber and wonderful omega 3s. : )

245 Leanna December 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Make every snack a fruit or vegetable, apple, pear, banana, carrots, celery, etc. This saves calories and increases fruit/veggie intake.

246 Alyssa December 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I’m going to be staying with my parents in Visalia for a week or so before Christmas while my husband stays here in Arizona- he is a wonderful man, but I have to admit that he is not the best influence on my eating. He’s a Little Caesars kind of person and my parents are more grilled fish and salad people. So it’ll be fun to be around people who don’t fight the healthy food so much.

247 Inspired2cook December 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I do my best to keep up my workout routine throughout the holiday season. Even when I don’t feel like jogging in the cold Oregon rain, I’m motivated to get out there and do it because I know that I’ll feel better afterward. I also reward myself with a few treats at the next holiday party I’m attending. :)

248 Kate December 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm

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249 emily December 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm

My healthy eating tip — buying lots of produce! If you’re like me, you don’t want it to go to waste, so you will get it all eaten!

250 Kate December 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm
251 Kate December 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I eat homemade food only. I have been to McDonald’s a total of 8 times in my life. And those times were during a road trip…McD’s and Hardee’s were the only places that we could stop at. I also love to snack, but I snack on Special K cereal with berries. I pour it in a cup-sized bowl and eat it with my fingers – I may do this once a day, or I may end up doing it 3 times a day. I also eat a couple of fruits during the day and around 8 pm I go to the gym and do a one hour walk on the treadmill. And that is how I take care of this waistline. :)

252 Jessie December 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I eat all natural and real foods.. so I keep fresh fruit and veggies, whole grain breads, nuts and dried fruit, Greek yogurt, etc. on hand for snacks. I also don’t eat sweets except for once a week (usually on the weekend). It makes dessert that much more enjoyable when you’re not always indulging!

253 Jamie Lok December 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Find out the times when you are mindlessly snacking and replace it with a healthy snack you enjoy. I found out that 4:30 I get hungry at work. I would reach for any thing that was in sight; stale staff room treats, vending machine junk food, multple handfuls of m&m,s, anything in my classroom that was food. Once I realized a pattern, I brought a bag of baby carrots or almonds to work with me every day(my favorite healthy snack). I would eat as many carrots as I wanted, while I worked. I didn’t have to leave my desk, I felt good after I ate it, and began to fill up easier. Knowing that this was my hungry time made me more cautious about going to the staff room where I would be tempted to eat junk food.

254 Andrea December 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Well the holidays are full of indullgences, a way I keep myself from going over board is sharing. Find a friend who will split some of the treats layed out before you at a party, you get to try a larger variety without having to consume extra calories.

255 Barbara December 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

In addition to my exercise and eating smaller portion routine (1/2 a serving of everything – ie half sandwich; half cup of soup; half chicken breast, etc) I also try not to eat any desserts during the week (no sweets). On the weekends I allow myself special treats, but here again try to limit the portion size.

256 christine December 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Be prepared! Plan ahead what you will cook and always have healthy snacks on hand. Don’t buy junk food, you know once it’s home, you’ll eat it. And try to drink water most the time. Try to eat food as natural as possible. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. :-)

257 Erika December 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Eliminate temptation. Throw out the chips, cookies, and other calorie laden snacks. If they are not in the house you are less likely to eat them. If you HAVE to have to indulge buy in individual serving bags to avoid overdoing it. When dining out try to leave half of each item on the plate to take home. If it’s really delicious ask the waitperson for a box to wrap the take home portions right away so you are not tempted to overeat.

I also join a gym in the winter to keep my exercise routine going. I have a workout buddy that I meet there and we keep each other on track. When I cook a large meal I make extra and I freeze leftovers in portions for two so that I have quick easy meals for me and hubby during the week when time is more scarce. this way I am lees inclined to stop for pizza or chinese take out.

258 Lindsay December 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm
259 Lindsay December 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm

My go-to strategy is to keep something on hand at all times. On Sunday nights, I’ll chop up celery and carrot sticks and keep them in a tupperware in my offices. I keep healthy granola bars in my car. This stops me from pulling into the nearest fast food joint when I hear my belly growl!

The other thing that really helps me is to drink a TON of water. Sometimes I think I’m really hungry, but then I’ll have a bottle of water and realize that that was what I needed. It fills you up!

260 Anna Flowers December 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Not just during the holidays but year ’round…moderation works. I don’t just mindless grab m&m’s from the dish at work – I wait – I save my splurges for the homemade things – things I can’t get any other time of the year. Anthony Bourdain said, “Eat for noursiment, yes, but eat for pleasure. You deserve better.” So the packaged, so-so things have no appeal for me. But the grandmother who brings in her homemade Panettone… watch out! It’s worth waiting for the really good stuff.

261 natalie December 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I think your first step should be to watch Food Inc. once you find out about the food you ingest daily, you’ll be ready to make some changes.

1. Cook at home the majority of the time. Avoid eating out when you can.
2. Take your leftovers to work with you.
3. Avoid soda. Drink diluted juice and water.
4. Menu plan- This helps feeling lost at the grocery store, and not knowing what to cook. I’m so much more likely to cook when I get home, because its already planned out for me. My new year’s resolution for 2010 was to have an entire year of meals, and I made it happen! Now for 2011 I just have to reuse my monthly menus!
5. Shop your local farmers market, and buy organic fruits and veggies when you can.
6. When you travel, bring fruit and healthy snacks.
7. Eat vegetarian once a week!

262 Marcia December 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm

There are so many delish things to eat during the season….it’s hard to say no. My easy rule of thumb…if it’s melted…walk away. Melted cheese, melted chocolate…steer clear!

263 richard December 10, 2010 at 9:43 am

When using mince fry off in 500g batches drain in a sieve and rinse with boiling water then carry on with recipe. you will be suprised at the amount of fat, it also varies alot with who you buy it from.

264 Leslie December 10, 2010 at 9:36 am

At my gym, we have a holiday challenge. We get weighed and measured before Thanksgiving and again after the New Year. The person who does the best gets a prize, like three free months membership. Almost everyone participates. It serves to really make you think before you put something in your mouth. Plus since everyone else is also participating there is lots of discussion about healthy habits.

265 Jennifer Z. December 10, 2010 at 7:08 am

Grab your “fat” parts with your dominant hand while you eat with the other….mentally and physically curbs over indulging.

266 Leli Wiggins December 10, 2010 at 6:10 am

I go walking with friends at night. Not only am I walking I am also feeling better about myself by talking to friends. You talk and laugh and its fun. We have a regular route in which we know we walked past our mile landmarks. And that is how I combat holiday weight gain :)

267 Kristen M December 10, 2010 at 5:33 am

I will stay healthy during the holidays by continuing my walking routine, drinking lots of water, and focusing on non-food pleasures.

268 saniel u December 10, 2010 at 4:59 am

run after my 19 month old always smiling son, sweep, mop, vacum floors. Drink lots of water and eat as much vegetables and fruits as possible.

269 Emily December 10, 2010 at 4:45 am

I hope that by going to a different location, I will be able to cultivate new eating habits, and that will help me become healthier

270 Billie Jo December 10, 2010 at 4:45 am

I have been enjoying eating paleo for the last 2 months and it has been fabulous. It is amazing how tasty your food is when it is mostly organic and gluten free. My kids tell me almost on a daily basis that the food is so delicious and my girls are picky eaters. Thank you pinch my salt and everydaypaleo.
Lots of water, healthy foods, and exercising has been wonderful! ALOHA and MELE KALIKIMAKA

271 Heather Hicks December 10, 2010 at 3:55 am

I like to eat small meals throughout the da That way I can make sure never get too hungry which can cause me to a) be in a bad mood and b) stuff my face with the nearest food.

272 Arlene Mobley December 10, 2010 at 3:54 am

I am trying to eat more fruits and vegetables. Also drinking more water, something I don’t do regularly.

273 Elisa December 10, 2010 at 3:44 am

Favor fat over sugar. Fats are filling, sugar is not. (Just make sure it’s not processed/trans fat.) Also, try cutting out bread — I can’t eat gluten, and it’s like an instant diet, because the bread basket and lot of the junk desserts people bring into work are automatically off limits, so I eat more real food instead.

274 Nilam December 10, 2010 at 3:42 am

Every weekend, I brine and cook a pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast. My Achilles’ heel is having meat thawed to eat, so having cooked chicken in the fridge makes it much easier for me to eat healthy meals throughout the week.

275 Barb December 10, 2010 at 3:06 am

I keep lots of fresh vegetables and fruits on hand. When I am tempted to eat something sweet, I have a fruit instead. Fill up on vegies at lunch. And drink plenty of water.

276 Aims December 10, 2010 at 2:55 am

Herbs, spices and more HERBS!!! I was raised on a pasta and pizza diet with little healthy food and in the past two years have discovered the wonderful world of healthy eating. I used to hate vegetables and plain old salads, but herbs and spices have been my saviour! They add so much flavor to any vegetables, salads, roasted nuts, you name it :)

277 janeywan December 10, 2010 at 2:51 am

Drain the fat off cooked meat. Yes there are some people who don’t do this and eat all that fat!

278 Krista (kristastes) December 10, 2010 at 2:39 am

Eat a big, green salad before your regular dinner! :)

279 Kristina Lewis December 10, 2010 at 2:34 am

Steel Cut Oats for breakfast with a dollop of homemade blackberry jam, almonds and nonfat milk. I cook a batch up for the whole week on a Sunday night, since our mornings are rushed. Delish!

280 shannon December 10, 2010 at 2:27 am

Yoga. I’ve been practicing since 1998 and teaching since 2004 and I find that keeping my stress levels and anxiety down through yoga, is the biggest thing I can do for my health during the holidays or any stressful time. I love to cook, bake and eat, and I figure a few indulgences is not a big deal over the holidays. It’s part of the joy of the season.

281 Alyssa December 10, 2010 at 2:24 am

I like to have fresh fruits and vegetables on the counter or in a bowl on the table. If they are hidden in the produce drawer of the fridge I sometimes forget they are there and reach for a bag of chips instead. I also always remember that moderation is key. Sure, you may think that you want that huge slice of pecan pie, but a promise a small one can be just as satisfying :)

282 Kristi Wright December 10, 2010 at 2:23 am

I have been recently drinking a glass of room temperature water with the juice from one lemon before I drink or eat anything in the morning. This seems to act as a cleansing for me. Especially when I have over eaten. I also am learning to take one minute and focus on my breathing. This is extremely hard for me to do but I find that it truly focuses me.

283 Steph December 10, 2010 at 2:18 am

5 small meals a day with a large glass of water before each one, at least 30 minutes of exercise 4-5 times a week, and cutting back on the fruit of the vine….sigh…..

284 Paula December 10, 2010 at 2:17 am

I eat only when my stomach is really hungry (not my head). When I’m truly hungry, my stomach burns; sometimes it growls. In that case, I eat slowly and watch for the sensation of satisfaction (not fullness). I quickly get away from the table and move on to cleaning the kitchen. This is a lifestyle that I’m learning to reapply. Ten years ago, I lost 30 lbs when I applied this simple principle. No foods are banned. The only thing that is banned is mindless eating… eating for reasons other than physical hunger. It is amazing how much unnecessary food is left uneaten.

285 Carolyn M. December 10, 2010 at 2:08 am

My best healthy tip would just be to stock up on fruits and veggies! Instead of grabbing a cookie I reach for some fresh fruit and it cures my sweet tooth! Also get moving! Exercise is SO important no matter how busy you get!

286 Elle Hyson December 10, 2010 at 2:04 am

At this point in my life (age 88) I don’t deprive myself of whatever I might want but portions are very small as the appetite diminishes with age. I am tethered to an oxygen machine, and a portable one goes out with me on those days when it is not to cold to bear. Can’t walk very much but do some leg exercises each day to keep flexibility as much as possible. Actually having been a heavyweight all my life and wearing as large a size as 22W, I am now exceedingly happpy to fit into size 12 pants. To all of you struggling I say don’t give up what you want, just take less of it than you desire – it does work, really! And the best of the holiday season to you.

287 Tricia Madzier December 10, 2010 at 1:55 am

I have been helping my husband drink less Cola and overly sugary beverages. Mix a little juice with Club Soda for a sparkley drink.
I personally think that we are drinking too many calories. It is too easy get in the habit of ordering Egg Nog and Peppermint Lattes from Thanksgiving Day through the hole month of December.
I would rather enjoy my mother-in-laws Standing Rib roast, gravy, and Yorkshire Pudding once a year than eat decadent the whole season.

288 Leslie December 10, 2010 at 1:51 am

One thing that has really helped me eat healthier is to meal plan–not only for dinner, but snacks. That way, you dont’ end up so hungry for dinner that you snack on a stack of cookies. I keep a good array of healthy but quick snacks on hand…pita chips and hummus, veggies (that I cut up as soon as I get home from the store, so they’re ready to go!), cheese and crackers, fruit.

289 Natalie December 10, 2010 at 1:49 am

Very good tips. I’ve found a tip that’s counter-intuitive, but helps me get through this season of dessert excess: don’t practice self-denial. It only makes you crave that ganache-mousse-decadence even more. Have a small serving, and compensate the next day, either with a longer walk or salad for lunch. It’s not rocket science, but a lot of people try to completely abstain, and it always backfires!
I am also, happily, addicted to winter fruits, including pomegranates, pears, and clementines. I always keep a TON stocked for any mid-day cravings.

Oh, and I second all these suggestions of keeping a food journal!! :)

290 Beth Buchanan December 10, 2010 at 1:49 am

I walk 5 days a week and, even if I miss a day here or there, I pretty much keep to this routine. I also eat what I want and, most importantly, in moderation. I do eat healthy foods but also have a splurge here and there over the holidays without going completely overboard.

291 margaret December 10, 2010 at 1:43 am

How can I leave a tip for eating nutritiously at the holidays when you finalize your request with asking me to to look at your Ghiridelli blonde hot fudge Sundae? I eat better when I look in my refrigerator not at websites that promote high fat and high sugar temptations. A reward for me is a great salad – right now!!!

292 Sallie December 10, 2010 at 1:34 am

I do two things to keep healthy. First, I start most meals with a bowl of Miso soup (just miso paste in chicken broth). Few calories, but really fulfills the savory requirement of eating. Second, I always wait 30 minutes from finishing my plate til getting seconds. After waiting that time, I realize that I am not hungry afterall.

293 Randi Lynne December 10, 2010 at 1:34 am

I plan on keeping my exercise routine and striving to enjoy foods in small bites (not eating to where I am overly full and regretful).

294 Patricia December 10, 2010 at 1:17 am

Over the past several months I have lost 20 lbs. by getting exercise 3-5 days a week and looking for lighter and healther meals to prepare. Eating in moderation is important, but you don’t have to give up anything as long as you use self control.(which is hard when you love sweets like I do.)

295 Naomi December 10, 2010 at 1:13 am

Anytime you have a craving for pasta, go for it – just replace 1/2 the pasta with veggies and top it with a tomato-based sauce (not cream). Or… forgo the pasta altogether and use spaghetti squash instead!

296 Chelsy E. December 10, 2010 at 12:31 am

I love to get creative in the kitchen with fresh vegetables and fruits. I make a veggie “lasagna” without the noodles that is absolutely to die for…it is layers of fresh zucchini, squash, eggplant, and garlic, and I top it off with my homemade basil tomato pasta sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. It is healthy and innovative, and doesn’t make you miss the “real” stuff. Also, GREEK yogurt is my new best friend. In any recipe that calls for mayo or sour cream, I replace with low-fat or non-fat greek yogurt. I find that it has a fresher, yet tangy taste. For example, I use the non-fat greek yogurt in place of mayo to make my apple-walnut chicken salad, as well as in my homemade spinach dip. MANGIA!

297 Sally W. December 10, 2010 at 12:30 am

Eat a piece of fruit about 1/2 hour before your meal. And instead of a high calorie dessert, have a piece of fruit. If you want dive into that bag of chips, ask yourself if an apple will do. There is a fine line between boredom and hunger.

298 Tamara December 10, 2010 at 12:11 am
299 Tamara December 10, 2010 at 12:09 am

The healthiest foods are home-made, but during the week I’m too busy (or lazy) to cook. So when I get the chance I make big batches: a week’s worth of bran-filled rolls, washed & ready-to-eat fruit…the freezer is my friend.

300 Sarah Anglesey December 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm
301 Sarah Anglesey December 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I am taking on Dr. Fuhrman’s Holiday Challenge and eating a salad every day, lots of whole grains, and drinking more water!

302 Alisa December 9, 2010 at 11:21 pm
303 Meagan December 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I try not to keep any ready made snacks at home. That way when I am craving some kind of snack, I have to either make it myself or go to the store. Nine times out of ten I’m either too busy or too lazy to do both of those things. If I do decide to make something myself, at least I know what’s in it, I can control the sugar and fat content, and there aren’t any scary preservatives.

304 Myriam December 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Since I was a teenager, I consume lots of vegetables combined with cereals, like wheat, oat meal. I combine them in soups and stews, never with sugar.
And when I eat meat, it´s always with a salad side, and no cereals.
Regards,

305 Megan S December 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I don’t like any meat except lean, flaky fish. I think eating salmon, tilapia, etc. as my main protein source (especially as opposed to red meat) has helped me stay thin.

306 kayduh December 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I try to eat very healthy at home, keep no snacks in the house, etc. That way I can have french fries and dessert when I go out!

307 Crayfish December 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I started drinking a smoothie for breakfast- non-fat plain yogurt, frozen blueberries, banana and some protein powder. I find this is nutritious and keeps me from getting hungry mid morning. Otherwise, try to eat lots of (small) healthy snacks and lots not much bread, pasta, etc. Lean meats, fish and LOTS of veggies.

308 Ashley December 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

If I’m hosting I know I make healthy and low-fat alternatives that still extremely tasty, but I share the menu with those attending and offer to let them bring their own dishes. If attending I always ask if I can bring a dish (they usually eat that up). At these times, I bring something that’s low in calories, but filling. The best thing to do, is when you feel full stop. And to drink something that is slightly sweet, such as tea with splenda. Often we mistake thirst for hunger, tea allows me to curb my appetite and behave.

309 Katie D December 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I like to make a lot of veggie laden soups during the holidays. Making a big pot is great for sharing and keeps you warm during the cold winter, but without resorting to heavy foods. I like roasted cauliflower, beef stew, potato leek and vegetarian taco soup. Low cal and so satisfying!

310 Sarah December 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I try to make sure that whatever “treat” I’m eating is actually something I LOVE. That way, instead of polishing off a cupcake that was just so-so and feeling guilty, I’m indulging in something fantastic. It’s amazing how many fewer treats I eat when I analyze whether or not it’s actually worth eating. Oh and to echo the rest, yes, water! Best trick in the book!

311 Annie December 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I’m planning on staying disciplined about getting out for a run in the mornings, even when it’s freezing! It makes me feel good for the rest of the day, and not so guilty about eating the odd holiday treat. Second, I’m going to try to remember that creatively prepared fruits, veggies etc. can be every bit as tasty and satisfying as the traditional holiday calorie bombs. I made a Moroccan orange and olive salad last night that looks a bit like the one in your picture above; it was festive to me, and healthy, too!

312 Melinda December 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm

My tips are related to yours. Although I try to drink water as much as possible, I have a sweet spot for beverages. I love fresh juice for the vitamins it delivers, but you can consume a lot of calories, very quickly, by drinking too much juice. The solution: water down everything. Even orange juice. You’ll get the vitamins, the hydration and after a few months, drinking anything at “full strength” won’t even be appealing any more (seriously, it starts to taste too strong/thick).

Secondly, appetizers! I’m very guilty of getting caught up in my cooking and letting my tummy grumble until I finally get that plate of food in front of me (which I ingest FAR too quickly). I’ve started instituting appetizers. It coaxes my husband into the kitchen with me, where we eat a small bowl of soup, cheese and a few crackers, caprese insalata, whatever quick thing I’ve either made before (soup is often leftovers) or can easily prep. I then finish my cooking and he goes back to doing whatever he was doing (or, in many cases, helping me grate/slice/etc.). By the time our real dinner is ready, I’m feeling pretty satisfied and only have a small portion. As a bonus, the extra grub gives me something to take to work the next day and we minimize leftovers!

313 Ravenous Rowie December 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm

ideas for healthy holiday eating? I eat a small healthy snack before going to a party so I’m not totally starving. I avoid things that look like they contain cream, and I don’t have more than one alcoholic drink.

314 Genevieve December 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I find that it really is all about a balance, if i only eat super healthy foods and dont let myself splurge, I end up getting fed up and then undoing all of my hard work at the first sight of bad for me goodies. I’ve found that enough protein, lots of water and tea and treats here and there to keep me balanced is the best trick. The other thing I think is the most important is when i do “slip up” I dont let that dictate the rest of the day by continuing to eat junk. I drink a big glass of water and even if i’m not really hungry i’ll eat a piece of fruit or veggie to get by taste buds and my mind back on track!

315 Erin December 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Measure! I lost 50 pounds by watching my portions and really keeping track to make sure I was eating enough food. I made the mistake of eating too few calories and my body rebelled and held on to everything. Be patient with yourself – it takes time to lose weight.

316 Debbie December 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Basically my motto is “Nothing tastes as good as healthy weight feels” I fight it everyday but have learned after losing 40 lbs 5 years ago, is I need the lean protein with every meal to keep my metabolism up… healthy carbs, a little healthy fat and I can do pretty well. As far as the holidays I try to stay in control and always tell my self if I indulge.. that I am only 1 meal away from feeling good about myself again…

317 Karen K December 9, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I keep lots of different fruits, veggies and raw almonds washed and ready to go in sandwich bags. I also drink lots and lots of water. If I decide to eat something high in calories I really watch the portion size, it is amazing how it can add up.

318 Kate December 9, 2010 at 9:25 pm

My husband and I made a decision to eat less animal protein and replace it with veggies and alternate proteins. I purchased “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” to help us stay on track and give us guidance to try new things.

319 Sharon December 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm

If I want to eat something like mac n cheese, I make sure it is 100% whole wheat macaroni, use lowfat milk for the cheese mixture, and dump in a TON of chopped spinach (as much spinach as macaroni). This next tip isn’t super healthy, but it helps me stay balanced. If I really want something sugary and fatty in the morning, I will have it, like a Danish or something. Then I tell myself that I have had my empty-calorie food for the day and for the rest of the day, I don’t really have cravings.

320 Bria December 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I try to limit my breakfast and lunch meals to super healthy foods, especially during the week. Big salads, lots of fruit, lean protein, and veggies. That way, when I have time to cook and bake at night and on the weekends, I can afford to indulge. I also make huge pots of healthy vegetable packed soups, and freeze them in single serving size portions for lunches, it helps me to not go overboard and eat a gallon at once :-)

321 Alexson December 9, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I always bring a healthy dish to holiday parties so I know at least something will be not awful for me :)

322 sarah t December 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I make sure that I feed myself like I feed my son. I would never give him garbage to eat, but I used to sacrifice myself to provide the best for him. Now I have learned to keep myself healthy too in order to keep him healthy.

323 Eliza December 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I like to start off the morning with something that has both fat and protein – that way my stomach and intestines both start secreting digestive hormones that rev up my metabolism. Then some whole-grain goodness keeps me feeling full until lunch!

324 Casey December 9, 2010 at 9:06 pm

This is such a great idea! I love reading all the healthy holiday tips! I’ve tweeted and hope I copied the URL correctly….
http://twitter.com/#!/eat4achange

325 Emma December 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I never used to drink while I was eating, but have recently started.

Before you reach the halfway point in your meal, drink a whole glass of water. It’ll help you feel full! And about 20 minutes after you finish (when you might normally start thinking about dessert), down another.

When you grocery shop, stick to the perimeter of the store, where all of the freshest foods are kept. Choose a basket instead of a cart, so you won’t pick up things you don’t need. Try to keep your tab to at least half fresh food.

326 LadyGustafson December 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I am signing up for a 10K in Febrary…I have to train, as I have never run even a 5K! So that is motivating me to stay healthy through the holidays. Also, we are going on a vacation at Christmas. I’m planning to pack the food we will need for our time in the Condo, so I won’t be tempted to just eat out. And when I do eat out, I try to make healthy choices, instead of eating like every day is a holiday! I like your ideas of cooking to stay healthy – sodium and sugar in restaurant foods is a killer to the waistline!

327 Stacy December 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Before heading out to a party or celebration, have a healthy snack. Showing up to places with loads of sweet, salty, and fatty treats when you are starving is a bad idea. You’ll be in a better mindset to make better choices and you’ll eat less because you’re stomach is already full with veggies, whole grains, fruit, and/or water.

328 Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) December 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I’ve added in a short morning workout to my routine this holiday season, just a few situps and some arm weights. That and I try very hard to eat a simple healthy breakfast of oatmeal with fruit and nuts so I can indulge at other meals.

329 Rivka December 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm

This is going to sound strange, but I’ve found that the easiest shortcut to portion control is to start every meal with a bite of something with lean fat in it. To explain the science behind this, the minute a little bit of fat hits your small intestine, you start feeling full. That’s why they say to wait 20 minutes before taking a second helping of something — the fullness factor takes a while to catch up with your stomach. So whether it’s a couple almonds or a shmear of trout pate on a cracker, I give the fat a headstart on making me feel full before I dig into those delicious sweet potatoes and pies.

330 Erin Clark December 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

When you are invited to a friends for a party, bring a healthy appetizer (a veggie platter, hummus). You can eat a lot of veggie and a little taste of the rest. I also try to get a plate and not go back for seconds. This way you can see everything you eat and will not overeat.

331 Sarah December 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Sign up for a CSA and learn how to use ALL of the produce. Who knows, I might just find my new favorite that way!

332 amanda @ fake ginger December 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Water, water, water! I drink water every time I think I’m hungry. If I’m still hungry after that, I’ll give in and have a snack.

333 Heather December 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I’ve limited the number of days I go out, which is drastically reducing the temptation to be “bad,” i.e. eating too much or consuming alcoholic drinks. I’m still going to the parties, etc., but in between, I make sure to eat meals at home instead of going out to eat.

I’ve also become a water-drinking machine. As it said in the post, save the calories for food.

334 Linda December 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm
335 Linda December 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I’m mom of two little kids and of course I try to cook healthy food for them. More fresh fruits and veggies. The trick is that I don’t cook anything else but eat the same food that I cook for kids. Anc my husband has to eat it too because there is nothing else to eat in the house :) This method helps me to stay away of all unhealthy stuff. No French fries, no dressing, no deep fried chicken etc.and I have to say eating healthier makes me feel healthier. I feel like I have more energy which is especially important during winter

336 Casey December 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I never get enough vegetables in my diet and find that I love snacking from those vegetable trays that people bring to parties. unfortunately, they usually include a high fat dip… so I’ve started making my own veggie trays including carrots, broccoli, celery and I love those little grape tomatoes! I make my own dip with yogurt, chives a little tarragon and lemon. Or I love hummus as well! I bring out the tray when I get home from work.

337 Shawn December 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm

About 3 months ago my husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Talk about a reason to change your eating habits, wow. The biggest thing that helped me to make healthier food was finding good recipes. Healthy food does not have to taste bad. I know that’s a shock for some but I have found that to be very true. Finding websites like this and good cookbooks are they key for me. I even have a whole wheat Christmas cookie recipe I am going to try tomorrow. Can’t wait.

338 Jade December 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I changed where I shop. Instead of the big box grocery stores, I do most of my shopping at small organic co-op (I’m probably lucky to have one so nearby). I fill in the gaps at a local butcher/Italian grocer.

What does this mean for me? Well…I drastically reduced the temptation or possibility of buying canned, boxed, or packaged foods. I buy things such as bulk rice, beans, noodles. Then a lot of produce and some meat and dairy. Sure a few other things sneak in there, but the majority of the food is “real.” Now I look forward to shopping!

339 Debbie M. December 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Eating healthy for me this season…whole foods ( I try not buy too many items in boxes and cans.), count my calories (I always ask myself do I want to waste my calories on this??) and drink plenty of water. I will be reminding myself (but not depriving myself) I am what I eat and I’m only responsible for what goes in my mouth; not my girlfriend who makes the best fudge in this world!!!

340 brookstar December 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I’ve gained and lost weight a few times before through dieting, but decided I wanted to be healthier in general, and not just thinner. It made me make an effort to stop weighing myself, stop trying to lose weight and start changing my lifestyle. I started exercising a few times a week as well as cut out some of the processed foods I was eating, then started adding in a few more healthier options and went to a few exercise classes that I was intimidated by before, and started looking at the “get healthy” project as a plan that would take me a few years rather than a 6 month weight loss plan. I’m still a bit higher than what I would have said was my target weight before, but I can run a 10k without much worry, I can lift more weight than lots of men and I can throw a damn good punch when sparring in Muay Thai. Plus, I can eat what I want without feeling guilty.

341 maggie December 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

1. Start out everyday with yoga, it always decreases my appitite. It always makes me think of healthy options on what to eat.
2. Plan on a light salad for lunch, and when suppertime comes around, stick to what fresh, simple and tasty. Or smaller portions on higher calorie meals.

342 Deirdre Reid December 9, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I find temptation in two places during the holiday season: outside the house at parties and receptions and inside the house when I can’t resist the call of the cheeseball (or other fatty goodies). To make up for these inevitable lapses, I do my best to control what I eat at other times.

I make a low-fat fish or chicken dish with two vegetable sides for dinner at home at least twice a week. I always have hummus and celery in the fridge to quench any snacking urges. I keep the fruit drawer full. If I’m drinking beer or wine, I keep a pint glass full of water next to me and try to make that every other sip. I limit sandwich and bread intake so I can give into that craving for a pasta dinner each weekend. I eat a healthy breakfast (think fiber and whole grains with fruit) every morning. I skip the flavored creamers and stick to good ol’ 2% milk. I just say “no” every once and a while and save up those calories for a really good indulgence, like that cheeseball.

343 Liz December 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Everything in moderation, water, and exercise. Don’t restrict anything (unless medically necessary) and know that allowing yourself even the small indulgences will help keep you from binging on that rocky road fudge after everyone goes to bed!

344 Alisa December 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Get your shopping done early by shopping online (no crowds). Then take some time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays by walking around the malls (the outdoor malls are the best). Eat a snack at home before you leave and take a thermos of hot tea (w/o sugar – I recommend Good Earth). You’ll burn calories and have a chance to take a break from holiday stress and relish in the joy of the season!

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345 Nando December 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I’ve packed on quite a few pounds since my wedding (I swear, the ring adds 1000 calories to my day!). In order to lose the newfound (and unwanted) weight, I’m going back to what worked for me 10 years ago: write everything down!

I started an excel spreadsheet and wrote down everything I ate and the approximate calories for each (including 2.5 calories if I ate a Tic-Tac!). After two weeks, I found that I was eating an average of 3600 calories a day. I decided to drop it to 3000 and add 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week and take Sundays off (no counting, no gym). After 3 months (and 15 pounds), I dropped it to 2750 calories a day and dropped an extra 15 pounds in the next 6 months. I was then able to maintain my weight for 8 years, even without exercise, by just eating anything I wanted in moderation.

Good luck to all (and to me!).

346 Ladywild December 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

There are a few things I’ve found that are helpful…
1) there are far better ways to season food than salt. The acidity in lemons, limes, and vinegar can take the place of at least some of the salt in many dishes.
2) spraying olive oil rather than pouring helps me use a lot let
3) investing in a good kitchen scale was a game changer for me. Not only do i love it when i’m cooking so I don’t have to measure, but I was able to realize exactly how much I was really eating. My bowl of cereal was really closer to 2
4) Taking the time to keep a food diary (easy to do on an iphone) really helps you know why the pounds keep piling on. I was shocked when I realized my coffee creamer had more calories in it than my cereal.
5) Exercise, exercise, exercise. It will make you want to eat better. It’ll make you feel better mentally. It really helps the pounds come off and keeps you strong and healthy.

347 Ngoc Nguyen December 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I’m going to drink more water, stop staying up so late, and eat only when I have to.

348 Julie (Bananas for Bourbon) December 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm

There’s no magic secret, it’s all about eating healthy, keeping portions the right size, and staying active. I also drink a ton of water. And when I’m sitting at my computer, perusing the web I chew gum to keep my mouth busy. Otherwise I snack!

349 Rachel December 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Bringing lunch to work 4-5 days a week saves a ton of money and a ton of calories! Bring leftovers or pack a healthy salad/sandwich. I always bring along a sweet yogurt or small dessert so that I’m not tempted to run out for an afternoon Reeses or cookie.

350 Renee December 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Since May I’ve lost 55 lbs and the things that have work for me are: 1) WATER all day, as much as I can 2) menu planning for dinner so I can go right home after work and start making it, instead of looking through the cupboards and snacking as I’m trying to figure out what to have 3) When it comes to sweets… If it isn’t homemade by Me, I don’t eat it. I enjoyed reading other people’s suggestions. Thanks.

351 Sari December 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Here are my healthy eating tips:
1. Write down what you eat! Keeping a food journal helps you stay accountable for everything you put in your mouth.
2. Plan your meals on Sunday. I like to cook a large batch of soup for lunches in the winter, as well as planning out what we’ll eat for dinners. If you don’t have ingredients at home to make a meal, you’re more likely to overindulge at a restaurant or on takeout after a long day of work.
3. Eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal. This helps to fill you up

352 heather December 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm

One tip I give clients attending holiday party after holiday party is to focus on the conversation with family and friends… preferably not within reach of munchies. Also, drink one glass of water in between alcoholic or other calorie-laden holiday drinks — like eggnog, cocoa or toddies — to decrease overall calories and stay safer to drive home.

Cheers and GREAT question,

*Heather*

353 Jess the Klutzy Chef December 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

It all starts in the grocery store! Where I save in calories (and in dollars!) is planning my meals for the week in advance. I sit down with my cookbooks and cooking mags and plan out the week ahead, making a list of all the things I’ll need for those recipes. When I head to the grocery store, I stick to my list. Every ingredient on there has a purpose in life for the week ahead and it keeps me from buying impulsively while aimlessly wandering the aisles. No junk food in the cart means no junk food at home. Of course, I always make sure to include a few little treats on that list

354 David B December 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm

I cook all my meals for the week every Sunday night and freeze them, that way I eat healthily and stay within my budget, despite the fact that I have no time to cook after work. Also, I try to cook at least one new thing each week, to keep it interesting and fun!

355 Maria December 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Great tips! Exercise first thing in the morning so nothing gets in the way! Chew gum while baking:)

356 Chantel December 9, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I cook a lot at home, but I try to find healthier recipes. I love Cooking Light magazine. There are so many great recipes in there and the resulting meals taste so good it doesn’t feel like I’m eating healthy!!!

I’m getting back into exercising and love belly dancing and playing Wii Sports. Both are fun, so I don’t feel like I’m working too hard. Sometimes I just have to trick myself like that. :)

I like what you said about going shopping for things in your current size. I did that recently and it feels so good to have some nice clothes for now even though I’m trying to lose weight!

357 ne-ne December 9, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I started out with a food journal about a year ago, and then i would measure each and every portion of food. Packing lunches, snacks, everything and it worked. The best thing that I did though was the most obvious thing and i thought it was a joke when i first read about it. I bought smaller plates from IKEA. by the time i put my meat, vegetable and side (if i have one) on the plate it looks full and in my mind I am eating a lot. The last best trick though, take one lemon, one lime cut them up and put them in a gallon of water overnight. Drink that water throught the day, keeps me hydrated. :)

358 RH December 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I don’t go grocery shopping when I’m hungry, and I don’t buy anything I see ads for. Those two little things have helped me lose forty pounds over the past two years.

359 Snack-Girl December 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I read a great website called Snack Girl to get healthy snacking tips that keep me on track – http://www.snack-girl.com/

360 Tabathia B December 9, 2010 at 4:44 am

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361 Mami2jcn December 9, 2010 at 4:44 am

Keeping a food journal and making sure I don’t go over on calories is the best way for me not to go out of control.

362 Tabathia B December 9, 2010 at 4:42 am

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363 Alecia December 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

My tip is that even if I do some holiday baking, I take all of it to wherever/whatever I was baking it for. I don’t keep any of it at my house. I will still eat it if I take it to work or to a party, but at least I don’t have leftovers to come home to! Also, I try my best to keep up my workout routine of walking 4-5 days a week, even during the holiday season. I helps a lot!

364 Leanne December 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Lots of vegetables, lots of water, and trying to do some sort of activity every day (a walk, a workout, clean the house from top to bottom)… we’ll see if it works!

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