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Ten tips for a guilt-free holiday season

Think of Your Heart chronicles by Dr Martin Juneau, December 1, 2013 - 12:30

One or two holiday meals won’t do you too much harm—it’s the constant cheating that will cause you to pack on the pounds. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the upcoming holiday season:

  1. Never arrive at a party on an empty stomach
  2. Take the time to enjoy what you’re eating, savour every mouthful
  3. Snack on pretzels or popcorn instead of potato chips
  4. Serve raw vegetables with hummus or a dip made with a blend of light mayonnaise and yogurt
  5. Use 2% condensed milk or 5% cooking cream to add richness to your soups
  6. Opt for lean meats such as turkey, chicken breast, game meat, horse meat, or fish 
  7. Limit your alcohol intake
  8. Alternate alcoholic beverages with still or mineral water
  9. Garnish your cheese platter with fruits or vegetables, and enjoy in moderation
  10. Keep dessert portions small

Between get-togethers, maintain your healthy habits, eat a balanced diet, and get some exercise.

"It’s the constant cheating that will cause you to pack on the pounds."


With the cooperation of Élise Latour, nutritionist

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