Make the healthiest choices you can during the season

Around the holiday months, it’s imperative to have realistic expectations.

I have many teenagers come into my office around November with a goal to lose a certain amount of pounds before they head back to school from winter break. I encourage nearly all of them — unless medically necessary — that the focus throughout the holidays should be on weight maintenance. Otherwise, patients get into trouble with potential yo-yo dieting or skipping meals to save up for one big holiday feast, which can sabotage long-term success.

I’m not saying that you absolutely cannot lose weight during the holidays, but the main focus of eating around the holidays should be to make the healthiest choices you can without depriving your body.

PixabayWith that in mind, try these recipe swaps for healthy alternatives throughout the holidays — or any time of year.

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