Health Watch — Managing Weight: Holiday Temptation

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about managing your weight, which is a timely topic for the holiday season when it’s so easy to put on weight. Previously, we discussed some strategies for dealing with holiday parties without wrecking your diet. But what about other holiday temptations, such as those gift baskets full of food?

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can help yourself by helping others. Donate packaged gift basket items such as sausages, cheeses and candies to a food pantry. You don’t have to say no to all treats. Just focus on the ones you really enjoy that you only have at this time of year. Mashed potatoes are around all the time, but how often do you get your mom’s famous Christmas cookies? You may not be able to avoid eating extra calories, but you can make up for them by getting more exercise. Walk around the mall before shopping, go ice skating or walk around your neighborhood to enjoy the holiday decorations.

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November 2008

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