- Set yourself up for a positive outcome by setting the achievable goal of maintaining your current weight through the end of the year.
- Start each day with a substantial high-protein, low-fat breakfast that will keep you satisfied and resilient to morning and noon-time temptations. Try egg whites, low fat cheese with whole grain bread, non-fat yogurt with whole grain cereal, etc.
- Whether you're a cook or a guest at Thanksgiving, re-mix a traditional side dish by making a much healthier version of the original. Instead of a green bean casserole with gloppy canned goo and canned fried whatchamacallits, blanch fresh green beans for just 2 or 3 minutes until they are tender-crisp, drain, toss with a touch of olive oil and a little bit of salt and top with toasted sliced almonds. For a new take on sweet potatoes, make our recipea for kid-friendly Moroccan-Style Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Raisins and Walnuts.
- For dessert, make a low-calorie pumpkin pie so that, no matter what anyone else brings, you have a healthy option.
- On Turkey day, have a little something before dinner time with your kids like a piece of fruit or yogurt to curb everyone's holiday appetite. Stick with white meat and then select one or two sides and forego the rest.
- Try to stay active, even when it's dreary outside. Take the family ice skating or try walking briskly from store to store in the mall while you do your holiday shopping.