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Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

The Holidays are big on eating, but Carolyn has some tips on how you can use a little bit of planning to avoid over eating and stay healthier during this year’s festivities.

1.  Spread it Out

Don’t skip breakfast or lunch and save it all up, because your blood sugar level will plummet, then you will overeat and crave all the wrong things.

2.  Focus on Apples!

Apples are wonderful because they are high in fiber– this will satiate you and make you feel fuller, to help you avoid overeating.  You can even have a baked apple for your holiday dessert, with a little bit of brown sugar… it’s delicious and a healthier alternative.

3.  Healthy Appetizers

Nuts make a great appetizer.  They’re high in good fats, high in fiber and filled with antioxidants.  Nuts will fill you up and make you eat less at the holiday meal.  Just avoid the candy-coated nuts, and you’ll be all set before dinner.

4.  Sweet Potatoes

These are really high in antioxidant vitamins (that’s A, C and E).  They’re also high in fiber and really sweet, so they match the sweet taste we all crave around the Holidays.  Make sure you keep the skin on, too!

5.  Turkey – the Main Meal

Make turkey your main meal, because it’s excellent for you.  But don’t eat too much, as this can be very stressful to your body.  Limit to about 3 to 5 ounces, and either light or dark meat is fine.  Turkey is filled with amino acids, which help produce seratonin to help stabilize blood sugar and help you sleep through the night.

6.  Dessert

Dessert is an important part of any holiday meal, and there are ways to choose healthier options that are still delicious.  Focus on pumpkin, dark chocolate and pomegrante as your desserts– a pumpkin custard or yogurt would be great.  Dark chocolate is always tasty, and pomegranate can mix well with stuffing, salad, vegetables AND dessert.

For more from Carolyn Phillips, check out FitBehavior.com, or for all things stretching, life, love and happiness, go to Carolyn’s blog at CarolynsMenuofLife.com

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