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Stay Fit and Healthy This Holiday Season ~ Day 6 (12 Days Of Tips)

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We are half way through our tips! I have learned so much about making mini changes for big results from  Ilyse Schapiro and Hallie Rich! They always have such simple yet helpful tips to help you make healthier food choices.

Together they have written a very helpful book, Should I Scoop Out My Bagel, about diet and nutrition.  This book has 99 easy to read chapter that answer some of your questions about how to eat healthy and how to make better choices. It’s very informative! It’s also a very easy book to read – it gives you simple and usable advice!

Don’t deprive yourself:

The all-or-nothing approach is hard for most people and can lead to over indulging at some point.  Everything in moderation and there is no problem with having one treat per day of about 150 calories or less as this helps to keep your cravings in check and prevent over indulging.

This could include two to three squares of dark chocolate, a couple of small cookies, or an individual chocolate pudding. You could also choose a few spoonfuls of ice cream or sorbet, a baked apple, a popsicle, or even a small brownie or s’more.  If you prefer homemade desserts, there are some easy ways to give them a nutritional edge.

One trick of the trade is using unsweetened applesauce, prune purée, or canned pumpkin instead of butter or oil.  This can help lower calories without interfering too much with texture or taste.  Another tip is to use 100 percent whole wheat flour instead of white flour. This may make your dessert a bit heartier and add fiber.

Got a question? Leave me a comment and Hallie and Ilyse can answer it for you! And if you want an easy book to read about diet and nutrition, order Should I Scoop Out My Bagel at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Come back tomorrow for another helpful health tip! Click here to read previous tips.

Ilyse Schapiro is a MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist who holds a Master’s of Science in clinical nutrition and dietetics from New York University.

Hallie Rich is the creator of alternaVites, a comprehensive multivitamin & mineral in crystal powder form that melts quickly in your mouth – the first of its kind. alternaVites quickly became the definitive “non pill” vitamin option and filled an unnecessary void in the market.

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