Eight "Skinny" Holiday Tips

MSN.com reports the average person puts on seven to 10 during the holiday season.

The eight "skinny tips listed below can help you keep healthy habits out during the holiday season.

Plan - A good idea is to mark all holiday parties and get-togethers on a calendar and develop eating guidelines for each event.

Avoid - Try to stay away from cured salty meats and desserts containing large amounts of white flour and sugar. These foods may give a sense of heaviness and drowsiness after consuming them.

Balance - Moderation is the key. Try eating fresh foods, such as vegetables, and less processed foods, such as a supermarket pie.

Control - It’s not unusual for people to eat 2,000 calories in one sitting over the holidays. Try taking the skin off your turkey, skip the gravy and stuffing, forget the butter on your mashed potatoes. Avoid large amounts of alcohol this holiday season.

Experiment -Add a little creativity to your meals try not to get caught up in the same holiday routines.For example try a butternut squash mixed with carrot and stock instead of butter, root vegetables mashed with parsnip, and fish grilled, poached, or sauteed to perfection.

Stand Your Ground - Don’t be intimidated or persuaded into over-indulging at a holiday gathering.

Exercise - Try finding time to exercise to avoiding weight gain.

Nurse your hangover - Avoid having a "food hangover" by eating excessive amount of sugars and fat can lead to headaches and even flu-like symptoms.

Sit down and enjoy your next holiday meal and keep in mind these "skinny" tips.

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