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Treat yourself to a heart-healthy holiday feast

Dec. 22, 2019— The holidays can be both heart-warming and heart-healthy. These suggestions from the American Heart Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics can help you enjoy holiday treats without ignoring the health of your heart:

Don't deprive yourself. You'll only sour yourself on the idea of healthy eating. Strive for moderation instead.

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Choose carefully. Turkey is relatively low in saturated fat, but duck and goose aren't. If you'd like to have multiple meats, take small samples of each one.

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Press pause. Wait 10 minutes before eating dessert or having seconds. You may find that you're not hungry after waiting a little bit.

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Make smart swaps. If you're doing the cooking, find ways to make recipes more heart-friendly:

A red cartoon heart smiles and waves. Text reads: 5 cooking tips that will make your heart happy. 1. Substitute oil or soft margarine for butter. 2. Replace full-fat sour cream with a fat-free version—or fat-free yogurt. 3. Substitute low-fat or fat-free milk for whole milk or cream. 4. Sauté with nonstick vegetable spray, water, broth or a small amount of canola oil. 5. Use whole-grain bread and lots of fruits and vegetables to make your stuffing.

Shift your focus. At holiday gatherings, focus on conversations instead of food.

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Set a few limits. At holiday buffets, choose a small plate to put your food on, and limit your trips to the buffet table.

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Add some activity. Besides paying attention to what you eat, try to make physical activity a part of your holiday traditions too. Take family walks after holiday meals, or play games outside.

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