Healthier Me: avoiding holiday weight gain

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Eating special foods and eating much more than normal on holidays, is a very old tradition. What's more, studies show the extra pounds you put on between Halloween and Christmas can take more than five months to lose.

From turkey and mashed potatoes to pies, how can anyone not gain weight during the holiday season? Studies show between mid-November to mid January people gain one to two pounds. While that might not be a lot, there are ways you can control gain those extra pounds.

"What we recommend is looking and noticing at what's all available to you and picking and choosing what you really want and watching that portion control," says Profile by Sanford Coach Jessica Johnson.

Johnson says there is a stigma around holidays that you have to eat a lot, but you can avoid it. The first thing see recommends is that families cut down on the number of dishes they serve.

"What we look at is portion control or moderation. It's ok to have a piece of pie, what we don't want to see is having two or three pieces of pie," says Johnson.

Another tip Johnson gives is that you should make sure there are healthy food options. If you have picky eaters, Johnson says there is a way to make them eat healthy foods.
"If you make mashed cauliflower, for example, and don't necessarily tell your friends or family, they might try thinking that it's mashed potatoes. They might be able to tell the difference but in turn, going into it blind, a lot of people do end up liking those healthier options," says Johnson.

If you are worried about gaining weight from delicious dessert, Johnson says it's all about self-control.

"When it comes to desserts, noticing how full you are before you start with your dessert and knowing how much you want to have going into it," says Johnson.

If you don't want to gain any weight, Johnson recommends you start watching what you're eating early.

"To get started before the holidays, it gives you that practice and that mindfulness to go into the holidays and know what you are looking for," says Johnson.