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Doc Talk: Holiday weight watching tips

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There are only 21 days until Thanksgiving and 53 days until Christmas, which means indulging in some delicious food.

Newschannel 3's Erica Mokay has some holiday eating strategies to keep in mind before you fill your plate in this week’s Doc Talk.

A spoon full of this and a heaping scoop of that. For many, the holidays are a time to ditch the diet and dig in, but if you are trying to watch your weight, Alexandra Cook, a Registered Dietitian at Borgess, has some tips.

She says remember the 3 S’s:

Swap.

Season.

Savor.

She says you can swap those high calorie foods with healthier options, like a cauliflower stuffing.

Cook said, “This is a very tasty dish, it has a lot of seasonings in it. The same flavors as stuffing, but a lot less heavy.”

Next, she says, ‘tis the season… to go heavy on the seasoning.

Cook said, “Well, seasonings have little to no calories. Right? They add a lot of flavor whereas dressings and sauces add up in calories very quickly.”

If that gravy is too tempting and you can't resist, try putting those topping on the side.

Cook says that is a good way to limit how much you're having. also, remember the dinner table is a place sit and enjoy a meal so, slow down. Savor each bite and be thankful for the time with family and friends.

Cook said, “So if we savor our food -- really enjoy the environment and the people that we're with -- chew slowly, enjoy the meal, we're less likely to leave overly stuffed.”

Finally, instead of taking an after dinner nap, consider doing something active, like a walk.

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