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Dr. Janette: Staying Healthy While Feasting for the Holidays

The holidays are upon us which means overeating can be more common with the family dinners. So how do you stay festive, while staying healthy? Medical expert Doctor Janette Nesheiwat has some simple reminders.
The holidays are upon us which means overeating can be more common with the family dinners. So how do you stay festive, while staying healthy? Medical expert Doctor Janette Nesheiwat has some simple reminders.

The holidays are a joyous and festive time but it is very common to put on a few extra pounds. Obesity rates are rising and some americans gain up to almost to two pounds per year.
Higher obesity rates mean more health problems so here what you can do:

Stay active by doing simple exercises like walking or jogging.
Plan ahead or use portion control - one simple idea, try using a smaller plate.
Fill your plate with half vegetables and fruit, the other half can be equal portions of grains and protein.
And avoid those second helpings.

It's okay to have a slice of pumpkin pie, but moderation is the key.
And another simple trick is getting plenty of rest. Our hunger hormones change with the amount of sleep you get.
Research for those who don't get enough sleep tend to overeat.

There is good news in the fight against obesity; we have control over what we put in our bodies so just remember to focus on a healthy balance and realize the holidays are not a free pass to throw good habits out the door.
Have a healthy and happy holiday season.

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