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Dr. Joseph Kelley,
This time of year always smells of excitement. Holiday parties, football games, traveling, shopping and other occasions that draw family or friends together are filled with food. Unfortunately, the stresses of the holiday rush combined with extraordinary food spreads contribute to unhealthy eating and weight gain. TRICARE reminds beneficiaries to eat healthy and safely.
It’s easy to “pig out” during the holidays. Dinner dates, family breakfasts, holiday lunches, brunches and traditional family dinners provide ample opportunities for eating, eating and more eating. A study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) shows that most Americans gain two pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a few tips to help overcome the urge to overeat.
Dieting is difficult during the holiday season. Rather than thinking about losing weight, consider the goal of maintaining your weight. By making a few healthy eating adjustments, it can be possible to enjoy holiday foods while maintaining your weight. Look for healthy substitutes for ingredients when you whip up your favorite holiday dish.