JOPLIN, MO.--- You might be ready to indulge in your Christmas dinner, but there's a way to keep the delicious taste without wearing the calories. Christmas is a time of giving but it's also an excuse to eat unhealthy. Before you head off to that Christmas dinner, Dietitian Joyce Doty says you need to prepare before attending.
"Before you go to a party, eat before you go. That way you aren't starving when you get there and you're just eating everything," said Joyce Doty, Dietitian.
Many people wait until January for their New Year's resolution, but why not start it now by eating healthy starting on Christmas?
"Half their plate fruits and vegetables and then you go with a quarter of protein, a quarter of grains, then also your portion of milk," said Doty.
It's normal to indulge in your favorite Christmas foods, but remember portions are the key.
"Take small portions of everything so you can taste it and not have to take a full portion of it because there are usually different things to have there," said Doty.
An easy way to cut back on the calories this holiday season is substituting. For example, you can take your regular sour cream and replace it with the light sour cream.
"Doesn't have to be a glass of milk, it can be cheese where you're getting that off of a tray of cheese. It could be pudding in a dessert. That would count as their milk," said Doty.
After your Christmas dinner, it's easy to fall asleep on a full stomach but try your best not to.
"Activity with the family is good. Move away from the food area so you're not tempted to continue to snack. Visit, do things, if you can go outside that would be great you know and do some activity out there, if it's not too cold, but of course you can always bundle up and go outside even if it's cold," said Doty.