Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

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Hard to believe 2011 is already coming to a close and that tonight marks the start of 2012.

With the holiday season coming to an end we've all probably eaten our fair share of holiday treats; I know I have. With the new year typically comes resolutions to eat healthier, workout more, etc. New Year's Eve is the perfect time to get the ball rolling on your healthy lifestyle. Going to a New Year's party doesn't have to mean taking in thousand of calories. Here are some of my favorite tips to help you stay healthy as you ring in the new year.

1) Fill up your plate with vegetables and fresh fruit rather than the selections from the cheese plate. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, which will help keep you full longer. Opt for hummus or other bean dip rather than creamy dressings to dip your vegetables.

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2) If you can't skip the cheese tray, make sure to stick to one serving which is one ounce of cheese, or roughly four dice. Opt for goat or feta cheese as these are slightly lower in saturated fat. If possible, skip the crackers.

3) Bring a healthy dish to the party. This way there is guaranteed to be at least one healthy option for you to enjoy.

4) Follow the plate method: fill up 1/2 your plate with vegetables, 1/4 protein (such as fish, nuts, chicken) and 1/4 starch (such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes). Try to stick to this as best as possible. This will help keep what you are eating in check.

5) Don't hang around the food table. You will be tempted to mindlessly nosh on more than you are actually hungry for. Serve yourself and walk away from the food table to enjoy the party.

6) Be careful what you choose to drink. Holiday cocktails and beverages can be very high in empty calories. Opt for a glass of wine, light beer, or a cocktail made with seltzer or diet soda. And be sure to drink plenty of water.

7) If you know you won't be able to skip dessert, make sure to leave some room. Stick to one or two small desserts that you can't live without.

Most of all, have fun and be safe! See y'all in 2012!

Happy New Year friends!

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