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Don’t Let the Holidays Weigh You Down!

71Staying healthy over the holidays can be tricky. Not just from being sick, but also from gaining the dreaded holiday weight. The holiday cookies and treats people bring to work or the free samples at the grocery store combined with the stress that comes with the holidays, makes staying healthy that much more difficult.

To stay healthy, some try to cut down on the sugar. Others may decide to cut out gluten or even more daring, decide to cut out all cookies. (gasp!)

But what better way to take control of what you’re eating than to make the food yourself! It can be a fun family affair.

Though some people think “-free” diets are the plague. They wouldn’t touch a sugar-free cookie with a 10 foot pole. But cooking has come a long way and just because something is sugar-free doesn’t mean it can’t taste good. (Hint: If you don’t tell them, they’ll never know! :D)

51RxAnOdGDLShow your family healthy and still tasty alternatives. We’ve put together a couple boards of some great cookbooks to help you through this holiday season.

1) Gluten-free – Check these out here.

2) Sugar-free.

3) Going meatless this season?

4) Vegan – Yes, even vegan.

If you are planning to cut out certain foods or specific ingredients, just make sure you read the recipe and/or ingredients carefully. Whether you cook/bake at home or buy from the store.

Cutting something out doesn’t necessarily mean it’s automatically healthy!

Vegan-for-the-holidays-bookIf you do choose the gluten-free route, watch out for the sugar levels. It may not irritate your gut, but it will still pack on the pounds!

If something is sugar free, double check what type of sweetener is used. Some foods can contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Companies disguise HFCS as “corn sugar” or “high maltose corn sugar” or “crystalline fructose”. Don’t be fooled! Check out this article for more info.

Vegetarian of vegan? Don’t mistake donuts and pancakes as being OK to eat just because it doesn’t have meat in it.

Read the ingredients. If there are a lot of words you can’t pronounce and have no idea what they are, it’s probably best to leave it alone.

Hope this helps. Stay strong. You will survive this holiday season!

How will you try to stay healthy over this holiday season?

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This entry was posted on December 7, 2013 by in Health and Fitness, Holiday, Uncategorized.
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