Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare’s Health Note on Holiday Nutrition

While the holidays are a time to celebrate and make memories, it also a time for eating, eating, and even more eating. Here are some strategies to help you maintain your body weight and health during this tempting time without feeling deprived.

• Pass on the store bought cookies, dried-out fudge and so-so stuffing. If your food doesn't taste as good as you had hoped, stop eating and choose something else. Only eat food that tastes incredible!

• Avoid eating just because people put it on your plate, it’s on the table, you paid for it, or it’s free.

• Enjoy foods that are special to this time of the year and pass on foods you can have anytime.

• Don’t stand by the food table or at the bar; instead focus on making conversation with others. Conversation is calorie-free! Focus on the atmosphere, company and traditions associated with the holidays, not the food.

By:  Carissa Wiersma, Freelance Communication Specialist, Marketing Communications, Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare 700 West Avenue South La Crosse, WI 54601

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