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One of the biggest challenges for many
dieters during the holiday season is
avoiding the hectic round of get
-
togethers
and parties that almost always come hand
in hand with the holidays
.
Te good news
about such events; however, is that many
of them tend to be bufet and pot
-
luck
types of afairs; which gives you numerous
options that can help you to stick to your
diet plans
.
While bufet tables are typically
laden with heavy casseroles and fatty
appetizers, you can usually fnd at least one
platter of fresh vegetables served with a
nice low
-
fat dip
.
Also, opt for fresh fruits
instead of the abundance of baked desserts
that are typically ofered
.
Instead of
stocking your plate up with diet dangerous
foods, choose steamed vegetables and
healthy grains such as wild rice and wheat
bread
.
Opting for white meat instead of
dark meat can also help you to stay on the
straight and narrow, by avoiding additional
calories
.
Whenever possible,
limit the amount
of alcohol based
beverages that you
consume. Just a few
alcoholic beverages
contain a surprising
amount of calories;
not to mention the fact
that they only serve to
increase the appetite of
most people. Choose a
light bear, wine spritzer
or carbonated favored
water instead.
When it
'
s your turn to prepare the mound
of requisite holiday food, remember that
there are several tricks you can employ
in order to stay true to your diet goals
and keep family and friends pleased at
the same time
.
One way to do this is by
substituting evaporated skim milk for
regular milk or cream in your holiday
recipes
.
Tis will help to tremendously
cut down on the amount of fat and
calories included in your dishes without
sacrifcing taste
.
Unsweetened applesauce
makes a great substitute for calorie laden
oil while egg substitute can easily replace
the requirement for eggs in most recipes
without any noticeable change to the taste
.
Finally, one of the best ways that you can
avoid overindulging this holiday season
is to take it slow and easy
.
Remember
that the entire point of this time of year
is to get together with friends and family
members; many of which you might not see
for months to come
.
Focus on the fun and
conversation instead of rushing through
a heavy meal and you
'
ll fnd that not only
did you enjoy this year more, but that you
made it through with your diet intact
.
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