Follow these healthy eating tips to help you stay on track during the festivities
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Merry Christmas from all of us at
the South Beach Diet! We hope your day is filled with family, friends, and
festive foods. When it comes time for feasting, remember that when you're
following the South Beach Diet, you can still indulge in your favorite holiday
dishes without getting off track. Whether you're hosting a family dinner or
you're a guest at a friend's party, here are some smart strategies to help you
have a healthy and festive day.
Go to Phase 2
Enjoying the holiday festivities is
part of the South Beach Diet lifestyle. Regardless of which Phase you're
already on, Dr. Arthur Agatston, creator of the South Beach Diet and author of The South
Beach Diet Wake-Up Call, recommends following the Phase
2 or Phase 3 guidelines today (and throughout the holidays) because it will
give you more healthy options. You can then return to Phase 1, if necessary,
when the new year begins.
Eat a healthy snack before the big meal or party
Make sure to eat a South Beach
Diet–friendly snack that includes some lean protein and fiber, such as a small
handful of nuts or some reduced-fat cheese with celery sticks or a few
whole-wheat crackers before you leave the house. This way you won't be famished
by the time the big meal rolls around and you'll be able to enjoy Christmas
dinner and other party fare without overindulging.
Avoid mingling at the buffet
If Christmas lunch or dinner is
served as a buffet, make a point to socialize with others, but not right in
front of the buffet table. You'll be less inclined to mindlessly nosh if you
enjoy your conversations away from the food. Be sure to also consider all your
options when choosing food at the buffet. Before you start helping yourself to
the most tempting dishes, look through all the available foods and decide which
ones you're going to enjoy and which ones you'll avoid. Having a game plan
early on makes it easier to say, "No thanks," when you should.
Moderate your drinking
It's easy to head straight for the
drinks when you're at a festive gathering, but it's
important to keep tabs on the amount of alcohol you consume. Instead of having
a sugary mixed drink or cocktail, enjoy a glass of red or white wine, or if you
like beer, choose the light variety. Women should keep their alcohol
consumption to one drink and men to two, ideally with the meal.
Get some exercise
your yuletide meal, round up your loved ones and friends for a group walk in a nearby park or woodland, or to
view the Christmas lights and decorations before enjoying dessert.
Remind your family and friends that
you are continuing to follow the South Beach Diet during the holidays, so that
they can support your healthy eating choices and help you stick to your goals.
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