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Q: How can I eat healthy during the holidays?

A: The holiday season is a time to celebrate. It’s also a time for over-indulging and yes, gaining weight. According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year. Over the course of your life, holiday weight gain can really add up. The good news? The holidays don’t have to mean weight gain. Here are some tips for eating healthy during the holidays:

• Be realistic. Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, but do try to maintain your current weight.

• Exercise. In addition to helping keep your metabolism moving in the right direction, it can also help relieve holiday stress. Just a 10 – 15 minute walk twice a day goes a long way.

• Eat. Yes, you read that correctly. If you have a light snack like raw vegetables before you leave for a party, you’ll curb your appetite and be less tempted to over-eat.

• Drink. But sparingly. Alcohol can make you over-eat; and sugary beverages are just that – full of calories.

• Practice healthy cooking and healthy eating. Preparing favorite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating. Incorporate some simple-cooking tips to make your meals even healthier, like cooking fresh green beans with chunks of potatoes instead of cream soup.

Enjoy the holidays but always keep your head in ‘healthy.’ It will help you in the long run.