Nutrition Tips for the Holidays Video

'Tis the party season and on Friday nutritionist Martha McKittrick teaches us how to enjoy the festivities without packing on the pounds. With her advice and friendly tips, you can eat, drink and be merry without diet disaster.
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Host: The holidays are a time to celebrate but they can also be a time where you pack on the pounds. I’m Vivia Cognani and I want to avoid that from happening so let’s go behind the burner and meet the nutritionist. So I’m here with nutritionist, Martha McKitrick. Martha, the holidays, I get invited to a cocktail party every single night. I don’t want to wake up on New Year’s day and look like the Goodyear blimp, what can I do? Martha: When you go to a cocktail party, you’re faced with alcohol, a lot of times hors d’oeuvres. You’re mingling, you’re not paying attention, one drink, a couple more hors d’oeuvres, another drink then the cookies and the desserts. Host: You got fat, you got sugar and you’ve got alcohol, you’ve got all the bad things for you all at once and basically every night of the week in the holiday season. Martha: It can be tough. You can easily pack from 5 to 7 pounds if you’re not careful so you’ve got to plan. So my first tip would be, when you go to the party, make sure you don’t have low blood sugar, make sure you’ve eaten something before you go. Host: So great tip, eat before you go. Martha: Have a little something. Maybe some yogurt which I know you love or some nuts or a piece of fruit. Something to pick your blood sugar up. My second tip is to make sure you’re very hydrated going into a party. That will help make the alcohol not affect you as much. So make sure you drink a lot of water that day and when you get to the party, try and alternate water or seltzer with the alcohol. Host: So very important to hydrate during the holidays, it’s a great tip and then also it’s great you’re your skin. Martha: It’s really good for your skin and if you want to hold something in your hand, hold your seltzer or your water. So you’re not tempted to keep going for the alcohol. Host: That’s true, sometimes, I’ll do a glass of wine then a glass of water so I feel like I’m hydrating in between or sometimes just opt not to have the glass of wine and I a seltzer with a splash of cranberry, get a little vitamin C in there. It’s a lower calorie alternative to having a glass of wine or having a cocktail. Martha: Absolutely be careful with the hors d’oeuvres. One little mini kish or puffed pastry can be 100 calories. It’s a lot. Right there you have to speed walk for a good mile and a half to burn that off. Host: Oh my god, I am not walking for a mile and a half to eat a puffed pastry. I’m sorry. Martha: Not worth it. Host: Not happening. Martha: Instead what I will recommend if they have things like shrimp or lean protein, those types of appetizers or hors d’oeuvres, that’s a much better choice. Host: And then don’t obviously go for the stuff that doused in oil. When I see oil like busting at the seams of any dish that I’m being presented with, I know not to choose that. Martha: Even if it’s a healthy olive oil, it still has a lot of calories. Instead try, if you go to a buffet or there’s a party where they have like a slice, like a carving roast, like sliced chicken or turkey or even roast beef, I would start out with lean protein that could kind of help satiate you and maybe have a teaspoon or two of the higher calorie types of dishes. Host: So great tip is that when you opt for the lean proteins they’re going to keep you full a lot longer. Martha: Exactly and let’s say you do overindulge at a party, you don’t want to beat yourself up. A lot of times we have an all or nothing mentality and we think I blew it, I had a little too much so I might as well keep eating. That’s when you get into trouble. Say, okay I overdid it and the next day, get back on track with your healthy eating plan. Host: Yes, and then also the one day I overate at a party which by the way is a lot of days and then I just really exercise more so I think it’s important to incorporate exercise into your regimen so often when I’m going to these parties, what I’ll do is I walk there and so that’s a great alternative

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