5 ways to foil the weight-gain months
1 KEEP HEALTHY FOOD HANDY
Fresh, sweet fruits, like Honeycrisp apples, clementines and pears can satisfy your sweet tooth so that you'll pass on the Halloween caramel apples and Thanksgiving pies. Ditch the candy dish and replace it with a tempting fruit bowl.
2 EAT BREAKFAST
Fill up with a nutritiously dense, high-fiber breakfast, like 100 percent rolled oatmeal with fresh blueberries (high in antioxidants) or any fruit that you like. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Fruit is nature's candy.
3 DRINK WISELY
Yes, liquid calories count! Go easy on the caramel-apple ciders (about 250 calories in 12 ounces) and the pumpkin-spice lattes (310 for a grande at Starbucks, made with 2 percent milk). Let's not even talk about eggnog.
4 CONSIDER THE OTHER PINK MEAT
Ham is full of sugar, salt and nitrates. For your festive meals, consider salmon, which is full of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
5 EXERCISE EVERY DAY
Exercise is the best way to de-stress and feel good during the hectic fall and winter holidays. Don't pretend that a 30- or 60-minute walk will burn off holiday gluttony - it won't - but do make exercise your priority every single day.