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4 DIET CLEANUP TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

October through December is a very dangerous time of year for your diet. Between wedding buffets, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner (and leftovers), and numerous food filled religious holidays clean eating gets put to the back burner. Use these tips to help you stay on track through the end of the year.

1. PANTRY PURGE

Cleaning up your diet starts with your pantry. Ditch the leftover Halloween candy, half-eaten package of Oreos and sugar-packed cereals. And don’t forget about the fridge, where old sauces and half eaten leftovers go to die. Instead of putting it off another day, purge the excess junk to make room for fresh, nutrient-rich, high quality-foods.

2. HEALTHY PORTIONS

Buttery mashed potatoes, gooey mac & cheese and creamy casserole bake; with comfort foods it can be difficult to stick to realistic portion sizes. Even with healthier options, you can have too much of a good thing. Check your portions by imagining your plate cut into parts. One-fourth should be filled with protein – options such as chicken, turkey, steak, salmon and eggs, one-fourth filled with quality carbohydrates – sweet potatoes, rice and whole grains. On the other side of the plate fill half with fresh veggies. Add a side of fruit for the ultimate nutritious and perfectly-balanced meal.