The holiday season is around the corner, and while that means fun times with family and friends, it also means hearty meals that can add up at the waistline. That’s why health professionals and the American Heart Association are celebrating the kickoff for Eat Smart Month. Studies show that half the weight gain from the holidays sticks around until summer. Tiffany Krogstad, a dietitian at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, said it’s important to remember what a balanced diet includes.
Krogstad said eating breakfast can keep a person feeling full longer and slow them down during big meals, and adding herbs and spices such as garlic and pepper is a good way to avoid the salt shaker and decrease sodium intake.
Folks should reserve more indulgent meals for the holidays, she said, but it’s also important not to focus on the bad if you stray from a healthy meal every now and then.