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December is here! Only 19 days until Christmas and you’re likely knee deep in workplace potlucks, school parties and family dinners. If these activities haven’t started yet, you’re probably noticing your calendar filling up fast. Just the thought of shortbread, eggnog and turkey dinners is enough to make your mouth water. However, you may also be anxious about how you’re ever going to practise self-control to avoid the dreaded Christmas weight gain while being surrounded by holiday treats and festive dinner spreads. Search the Internet and you’ll find there is no shortage of articles to help you out. Headlines tout “10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain” or “Survive the Holidays Without Gaining Weight.” When it comes to food, Christmas has become about survival instead of celebration. So, we’re going to switch things up a bit. This is not another blog on strategies to battle the Christmas bulge. Rather, let’s take a look at three simple strategies to help you enjoy traditional Christmas fare, anxiety aside.
The Internet gives immediate, easy access to information, so it’s no surprise that you may go there to find nutrition information. While some of the material you find may be reliable, some is not and some is just downright scary! To find accurate, science-based nutrition information, it’s important to be able to evaluate online content.
If you want to consult a nutritionist, where should you start? The first step is to find a credible expert. So, what do you look for? Anyone can provide nutrition information and many people do: doctors, chiropractors, bloggers, celebrities, book authors, athletes, chefs and personal trainers, to name a few. Not to knock their education or experience in their chosen field, but they aren’t nutrition experts. While they may have some nutrition knowledge, many are giving inaccurate or incomplete advice, selling (bogus) supplements or miracle cures and promoting fear-based messages. Read this week’s blog to find out who to trust for nutrition information.
Nutrition in the News
Jessica Penner, RD; December 2016
Jennifer Sygo, RD quoted; December 2016
Dana Notte, RD; November 2016
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