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Tips for healthy holiday eating


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's no secret indulging in homemade dinners and sweets is one of the best parts of the holiday season. But the flip side of having to sample every food at the dinner table could result in gaining weight. So, is there a way to enjoy the foods of the season while still maintaining your figure?

You don't have to gobble until you wobble this Thanksgiving. If you're hoping to move around without having to unbutton your jeans after eating, a local dietitian suggests taking it easy on the candied yams, pumpkin pie and homemade gravy.

The holidays, they come once a year, but boy oh boy can they leave a lasting impression on your waist line.

"Trying not to over-indulge. You know when you're full, so trying to stop or at least slow down when you're full," explained Lindsey Brumm.  

Brumm is a Registered Dietitian at HyVee, and even she admits it's sometimes hard to stop eating.

"I know there are tons of foods to eat at Thanksgiving so by the time we get our first plate full we may have only tried half the foods and then we have to go and get our second, sometimes even third plate of food," stated Brumm.

The holidays provide the perfect temptation to overeat. If you're not looking to tip the scales this season Lindsey suggests not only watching what you eat, but how much of it you eat.

"Any food can fit into a healthy diet, it's just a matter of monitoring the portion sizes and frequency of the less nutritious foods," said Brumm.

She offered some tips for the kitchen, such as using only half of the butter recommended in a recipe.

"If there's sour cream in any of your recipes, try a fat free yogurt, because it's still going to give you that sour flavor, but it won't give you all that fat," recommended Brumm.

What about the official Thanksgiving garnish, Tom the Turkey?

"The best meat to focus on during Thanksgiving is the white meat. Stay away from the dark and the skin, that's where a lot of your fat's going to be," said Brumm.

Limiting your calorie intake to around 700 at the dinner table is reasonable. Lindsey said some people can eat up to 3,000 calories in one meal.

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