Tips for a Guilt-Free Christmas Dinner

December 18, 2017

From the desk of Jill Spradlin, Fitness and Health Trainer Department Head:
The Christmas season is here and with it comes all sorts of delicious foods and tempting treats. While you’re staring down your mom’s famous green bean casserole and wishing she hadn’t used so much butter, just remember, you don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods at the holidays, you just need to have a plan. By knowing what you’re eating and keeping up with your regular physical activity, you can enjoy your favorite holiday foods in moderation.


Another key to a successful holiday dining experience is making sure to drink plenty of water. Women should be getting a minimum of 91 oz and men a minimum of 125 oz each day. This will help you feel full and will also help control your sweet cravings.


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One of the most important things to remember is to keep moving.  Make it a rule that for every 30 minutes you sit you should move for 3 minutes. This may not seem like a lot but it will help with digestion and hopefully make you more conscious of what you’re putting in your mouth.


Staying consistent with your healthy eating plans and workouts is the best way to keep those unwanted extra pounds off. Enjoy your Christmas dinner and don’t beat yourself up if you have a piece of pie. One meal won’t make you fat just like one workout won’t make you skinny.


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