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Holiday Festivities and Healthy Eating Habits CAN Go Hand in Hand

healthy holiday eating

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again when the holiday festivities (aka less than healthy food choices and eating habits) kick-off with nibbles on that bucket of leftover Halloween candy, onward during Thanksgiving, and through family and holiday gatherings in December. They come to an end (thankfully!) with a New Year’s Day brunch or afternoon spread to indulge in while watching a football game or two.

While it’s easy to throw up your hands during these two months and throw caution to the wind, that’s not the best choice for a waistline or health in general. And you do have a choice! How about this year you take on a new attitude to deal with the onslaught of indulgence this time of year?

Your new attitude? Believing that you can enjoy myriad holiday festivities while you, generally speaking, practice healthy holiday eating, albeit with a sprinkling of splurges.

Here are 10 tips for healthy holiday eating: 

12 Easy Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

healthy holiday eating tips

While the holidays for many of us, are usually spent sharing time with friends and family; they are also often spent around the dinner table. Because let’s be honest, the holidays seem to give us a free pass to over-indulge in our favorite meals. Even though I also enjoy spending time around the table, I believe there is a way to manage, and at the same time celebrate, the holiday food fest in a more mindful manner.

Here are 12 of my favorite tips for healthy holiday eating, especially for cruising through the holidays without over-indulging. 

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes Should Be About Great Taste, Not Added Sugar

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

True or false?

Turkey was the “entrée” of the first Thanksgiving meal.

That is true, according to Smithsonian Magazine, and as we do today, turkey was complemented with side dishes. However, the first Thanksgiving meal was a far cry from what we serve these days. Can you imagine how in awe those first celebrants would be if they were to see how we celebrate Thanksgiving, with a wide-ranging assortment of foods that span from calorie-filled side dishes to heavy sugar-laden desserts?

Sometimes I am in awe of how many calories and how much added sugar many people eat on Thanksgiving day. Is it really necessary? I don’t think so, and many of you might agree: we eat way too many calories on this special occasion, and many of those calories come from added sugars in the side dishes and desserts.

If this is the year you want to make your feast one that is not as sugary but just as delicious, here are some Thanksgiving side dish recipes you will want to try: Cranberry Apple Relish, Deliciously Simple Applesauce, Gourmet Sweet Potato Casserole. And for dessert, you can’t miss with Pumpkin Bread Pudding or Happy Holiday Pumpkin Pie.

All of these delectable Thanksgiving side dish recipes use a SPLENDA® Sweetener in place of sugar to keep the great taste without all the calories. Same for the dessert recipes – heavy on the delicious flavor, lighter on the added sugar!

Should You Follow a Prediabetes Diet Plan?

Pre diabetes Diet Plan

Pre diabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. (Pre diabetes refers to the condition that typically occurs before one develops type 2 diabetes.) The number of people estimated to have pre diabetes is simply staggering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts the estimate at 84 million Americans. That’s one out of three adults at risk for diabetes! Most people don’t know they have pre diabetes because often there are no symptoms, nor have they been tested for it or told they have it.

November is American Diabetes Month®. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) now recommends that all adults over 45 years of age be screened for pre diabetes. Other risk factors for pre diabetes or type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese, having one or more parents or siblings who have or had type 2 diabetes or women who have had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy).

People can develop pre diabetes and have it for several years or more before blood glucose levels rise high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Think of the diagnosis of pre diabetes as a window of opportunity to take action to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. If you’ve been diagnosed with pre diabetes take action today. Don’t delay! According to CDC, 15 to 30 percent of people with pre diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years if they don’t take action immediately.

Let’s switch gears to discuss the specific actions to take if you have pre diabetes or diabetes symptoms and, more specifically, to what is a pre diabetes diet plan.