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Fiber For Good Health~ Prevent Excessive Holiday Weight Gain

Updated on December 18, 2015


During the holiday season eating can be a huge challenge.

Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, many of us would have gained one to two pounds unknowingly. The reason is due to the temptations to eat all the delicious foods prepared for holiday parties and dinners.

The extra weight gained seems to accumulate year after year. (And it is sometimes impossible to shed.)

We enjoy the holiday season, because it is a special time for family gatherings. A time filled with parties and lots of food and drinks. During the holiday season our health and our family's health is somewhat out of control. Those of us who are focused on complete nutrition, struggle the hardest with weight gain and the time limit it takes to shed those unwanted pounds.

We all tend to focus on our health and a complete nutrition plan during the non-holiday season. Our holiday meals can be healthier with proper planning. There are many healthy nutrition facts and foods that we can use to keep off the extra pounds.

Some of the healthy holiday foods include, salads, tomatoes, cranberries, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oranges and tangerines .

There are many nutrition facts available for each of the items listed above.

* Cranberries - 1 cup contains 18% of Fiber, Manganese and Vitamin C.

* Pumpkins - Contains Vitamin A. Great for eye health.

* Sweet Potatoes - Contains Potassium, Fiber and Vitamin C.

* Oranges and Tangerines - Contains Fiber and Vitamin C.

* Dark Green Leafy Vegetables - Dark green leafy vegetables are probably the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Vitamins, such as K, C, E, and B vitamins.

Nutritious Facts


There are nutritious articles and nutritious facts to help in maintaining a healthy weight gain over the holiday season.

1. Eat light the day of a holiday event or party. Save your calories for the party.

2. Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. Smaller is better.

3. Go light on the starch.

4. Small servings are better. Including a dessert.

5. Choose a drink with fewer calories.

6. Move away from the foods. As they say out of sight means out of mind.

7. Drink lots of water.

8. Exercise.

General Nutrition Center

Nutrition Pyramid

Healthy You

It is very difficult to avoid overeating during the holiday season. If you do slip up every now and then don't beat your self up. Be good to yourself. Remember that keeping a healthy diet throughout the holiday requires lots of work and a strong will power.

Always think healthy. Let the next meal be a healthy meal.


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    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX


      Thanks for your comment regarding Dr. Oz and the health benefits of taking Metamucil. High fiber foods are very important in our digestive system and a great aid in increasing our energy level.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      According to Dr. Oz, taking a teaspoon of Metamucil and mixing it in an 8 oz glass of water has the same fiber benefits of eating an apple. Can help reduce cholesterol. Just thought I would pass this information on to those who might wish to incorporate this into a diet plan. If taken a half hour or hour before meals, it also helps give one the feeling of stomach fullness faster therefore also helping in weight loss for those who need it.

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX


      I agree. It is time to take action and become the "healthy you" person that we are focusing on becoming in a few weeks. Thanks for your comments.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Now it is time to also use these "healthy you" tips since it is past the holidays and in a few months we will be thinking of shedding our coats and sweaters. Time to shed some added pounds! :-)

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      8 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for the WOW on reading my hubpage on becoming the Healthy You-Prevent Holiday Weight Gain. So many temptations during this season. Stay healthy.

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      8 years ago from United States

      Wow thanks!!!

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      8 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for reading my healthy you-prevent holiday weight gain hub. So glad you enjoyed reading it.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! Great reminder of what to eat and how to eat during this time of year. Great graphics and videos. Rating this up, useful and awesome! Thanks!


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