Eating Healthy Without Depriving your Sweet Tooth

If your New Year's Resolution is to eat healthy, but you don't want to give up your sweet tooth, we have you covered. Here are some tips to follow!

Donâ??t Deprive Yourself:
Go with everything in moderation instead. Many people find if they totally deprive themselves of something, it makes cravings worse.

Change your Mind-set:
Donâ??t expect to lose weight right away. Instead, focus on not gaining weight.

Check Labels:
Pick a couple of your favorite foods/sweets and look up the calories and nutritional food values for each. Then, you can pick which treats you will allow yourself.

Enjoy Favorites:
Enjoy your favorite treats, but take a small portion, eat slowly and savor the tastes and textures.

Allow Some Trade-offs: Moderately increase your activity level a few days before a big event where youâ??ll be eating more than usualâ?¦ Parties at work or dinner parties with family and friendsâ?¦.

Cut it in Half:
Portions at restaurants are usually way beyond what is nutritionally acceptable. Before even taking one bite off your plate at a restaurant, cut the entire meal in half and box up one half to take home to eat another day.

Snack First:
Eat a snack before you leave home. If you go to a party hungry, you are more likely to eat too much. Try nuts, fruits, vegetables, low-fat cheese or yogurt, or plain popcorn.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind:
At a party, serve yourself on a small plate and then move completely away from the food or buffet stations. Focus on the conversations with people at the party.

Low Calorie Beverages:
Be sure you're well hydrated by drinking plenty of water before arriving at any holiday celebration. Avoid drinking too many cocktails or glasses of wine as these contain a lot of empty calories, as do sodas and too many fruit juices. Eat your calories instead of drinking them.