5 Ways to Make Healthy Fall Resolutions

Brandi Koskie is the senior editor at DietsInReview.com, a healthy living resource with more than 500 diet reviews, hundreds of healthy recipes, a daily diet blog featuring articles by a team of a health and fitness professionals, and much more at the newly renovated site.

The holiday season begins in about a month. If your neighborhood stores are anything like mine, the Halloween displays are flanked by Thanksgiving and Christmas displays… already. Bowls full of candy are starting to fill everyone’s homes, and you’ll of course have to sample the trick-or-treating fare delivered by your children. Come Thanksgiving, we’ll eat a week’s worth of calories in one splendid sitting. Inevitably, the Christmas season will force us to do the same. Six days later, we’ll be ringing in the New Year, and as we slide into that party dress, we’ll realize that we need to make a resolution to lose weight.

It happens every year. It’s a vicious cycle. I’m asking each of us to make a fall resolution- to stop making weight loss resolutions in January. Decide today that this is the year you’re not going to give in to the unhealthy temptations of the holiday buffet tables. Sure, it sounds easier said than done. I like a plate full of grandma’s cooking as much as the next guy. I also know I do not want to be plagued with grandma’s diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and inability to fit in her favorite pair of sexy jeans.

It is entirely possible to make it through the holiday season and not only avoid putting on extra pounds, but maintain or even lose weight. You just have to resolve to hold yourself accountable and make healthy decisions.

Consider the following tips to help you navigate the holiday season with your waistline in tact, and your taste buds satisfied.

1. Exercise. Don’t use the cold weather as an excuse not to stay active. New workout DVDs from the likes of Jillian Michaels and Jackie Warner are perfect for indoor exercise. Go sledding with the kids in the snow or take walks in the crisp fall evenings.

2. Bake Light. There are too many options available to help you make delicious desserts in a lower calorie, lower fat way. New cookbooks like Hungry Girl and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry offer incredible recipes, with innovative substitutions like replacing oil and eggs with canned pumpkin. The best part is that these recipes taste just as good.

3. Portion Control. Remember, there are always leftovers, so don’t gorge yourself with food in the first pass. Choose smaller servings of your favorite items, keeping calories low for the meal. You’ll always be able to have leftovers for your next meal.

4. Smaller Plates. Don’t use the 12” Chinet platter for dinner guests. People see an empty space, they feel compelled to fill it and then eat it. Avoid overeating by using dinner plates 9” or smaller.

5. Eat Super Foods. Most of the holiday foods are inherently healthy. In fact, the baked turkey, pumpkin, cranberries and walnuts are all Super Foods and provide substantial nutrients. Protect the integrity of these foods by not smothering in gravy, butter, sugar or frying.

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