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Head over to Pinch My Salt Reviews to read my tips on finding balance and eating healthier this holiday season.  If you leave a comment and share your own story, you’ll be entered to win a $150 Visa card.  Please share your own story or healthy eating tips now – we can learn from each other!

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26 Comments
  1. Kayduh

    I try to eat very healthy at home, keep no snacks in the house, etc. That way I can have french fries and dessert when I go out!

    3:40 pm  Dec 9th, 2010
  2. Jane

    If i know I’m going out somewhere with lots of unhealthy snacks, or to a giant turkey dinner, I’ll often eat a small healthy snack at home before I leave so I won’t be as hungry and temped to eat my way through the entire buffet. I really like having a green smoothie before I leave the house!

    4:09 pm  Dec 9th, 2010
  3. Lisa H

    Since we usually eat pretty healthy, I just try to keep the goodies out of the house. But I also up the workouts this time of year. Helps keep me feeling level headed when I’m out shopping or stretch to the limits for time.

    4:30 pm  Dec 9th, 2010
  4. Alison

    portion control! if you really want something, have a few bites of it. the first 4-5 bites are always the best anyway

    11:59 pm  Dec 9th, 2010
  5. Deidra

    Keep ALOT of fruit and vegetables in the house. I do this and then I make myself feel pressured to use them up before they go bad.

    Also, I cut out about half of the sugar of almost all of my baked goods, unless there’s a really good reason not to. For instance: instead of using 2 cups of sugar in one small cake, I’ll cut it down to 1 c and then add a bit of honey to round out the sweetness.

    2:15 am  Dec 10th, 2010
  6. Jennie

    I am a big believer and using applesauce as a substitute when baking!

    2:57 am  Dec 10th, 2010
  7. Linda

    I try to keep most of my eating healthy and allow for ONE treat at a party or when I go out to eat. So, I might have broiled salmon from the buffet along with salad and vegetables, but allow myself to have one cookie or a small piece of cake. That way I decide which treat is really worth the splurge. After the party, I get right back on track with healthy eating until the next event.

    6:12 am  Dec 10th, 2010
  8. Edie M

    Love, love, love your blog….live in SW Ga, home of peanuts and pecans. I keep
    either peanuts, pecans, or almonds in my car at all times. If I get hungry and am tempted by a fast food restaurant, I grab a handfull of any of the above, just enough
    to stop both the temptation and hunger. In addition I substitute 1/2 the sugar in recipes
    for an organic sugar substitute. I also use apple butter, apple sauce or mashed banana as a replacement for part of the fat in recipes. It’s wonderful and you never can taste the difference. In addition, I save on calories and fat is by substituting
    Greek yogurt for any and all uses of sour cream. When I eat out I always eat a healthy fish dish as I can never be sure chicken or beef are organic. Have a great holiday and keep the healthy recipes coming! Edie M

    9:22 am  Dec 10th, 2010
  9. Monica Norbie

    http://www.anytimehealth.com/recipes/recipes/2704-sizzled-green-beans

    These are simply the best!

    9:58 am  Dec 10th, 2010
  10. Sarah Maizland

    I will try and keep butter down and use small amounts of olive oil to saute those yummy veges. And when I am hungry between meals I snack on fruit!

    10:09 am  Dec 10th, 2010
  11. Deanna

    We eat salad and a light dressing first at almost all of our dinners so that it will fill us up a little and we will eat less.

    2:23 pm  Dec 10th, 2010
  12. Hans

    I use FitDay software to track my nutrient and calorie intake and can safely say it has changed my life. No more weight issues, complete knowledge of what goes into my system, how much fat, saturated, poly-unsaturated, mono-unsaturated, how much protein, how much vitamin C, or what have you… Now that I am used to tracking my nutrients, I can’t imagine going back to my pre-Fitday nutritional blindness — the idea feels sort of like going back to the world before the internet information revolution: incredibly primitive. Knowledge is power everywhere in life, and in nutrition too! By the way, for those who don’t want to pay for software (FitDay isn’t free), there is a similar freeware program, called Cron-o-meter, which is just as good from what I have heard (I haven’t used it though).

    3:11 pm  Dec 10th, 2010
  13. Kate

    Join a CSA! More veggies than you can eat every week, organic, local and from a small farm. You support local farmers as a bonus! Shop at your local farmer’s market, make your own hummus and take things like baby carrots and celery sticks with a small container of hummus to work to snack on instead of chocolate bars and chips from the deli. Half the amount of oil in your go-to dinner recipes.

    6:45 am  Dec 11th, 2010
  14. Vaishali

    Love your blog and am a regular visitor, though I have never commented. I try to eat healthy 95% of the time since I have been diagnosed with chronic gastritis. Lots of fruits and vegetables for me and my family follows it too. We do indulge once in a while just to keep ourselves going as an incentive.

    Merry Xmas to you and your family!

    2:07 pm  Dec 12th, 2010
  15. Terriann

    I love this site. It has been fun to watch it evolve. My heatlhy tip is long but super important.

    My tip: READ YOUR LABLES -NEVER EVER CONSUME HYDROGINATED OILS, EVER!

    If the label contains the words hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, do not let your family eat it. If the label contains the words hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, do not let your friends eat it. If the label contains the words hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, get it out of your family’s kitchen. Read labels and avoid these substances like they are poisons … which they are.

    Why not consume partially hydrogenated fats or oils? Because by the definition of “poison,” partially hydrogenated fats and oils are poisons. Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defines “poison” as “any substance which, when relatively small amounts are ingested … has chemical action that may cause damage to structure or disturbance of function, producing symptomatology, illness, or death.” (1) Partially hydrogenated oils do not exist in nature.

    This poison is in almost every box of cookies and crackers and tons of other packaged foods.

    http://www.becomehealthynow.com/article/conditioncardio/135/

    9:26 pm  Dec 12th, 2010
  16. Whitney

    I follow the rule of three. I’m an appetizer person so I choose three appetizers that look the best and savor each one so I don’t feel deprived.

    8:46 am  Dec 13th, 2010
  17. Colleen

    I double almost any recipe I make. That way I have leftovers for lunch so I don’t spend all week scarfing down greasy foods like pizza and fries (powerless to resist) – healthy AND thrifty!

    11:27 am  Dec 13th, 2010
  18. Kathleen

    If I don’t buy it, I don’t eat it. If I had snacks in the house all the time, I’d weigh a million pounds.

    Bring your own lunch…or go to subway.

    Don’t eat after 7-8pm-ish. I lost 15lbs recently, and I swear this is a large reason why!

    1:57 pm  Dec 13th, 2010
  19. DeeDee

    DONT eat anything that is packaged
    Eat small portions frequently (1 cup size per 2hrs )
    Eat slowly with chopsticks (never bring bowl near your face)
    Drink 2 litres of water EVERYDAY
    Excersise everyday

    7:09 pm  Dec 13th, 2010
  20. Jay Shortshanks

    I am a firm believer that we are meant to eat. I love it. My rule is if you want to eat a ton, you need to work out really hard.

    Freeze Dried Foods
    Daily Bread
    Food Storage

    2:29 pm  Dec 14th, 2010
  21. Martina

    I absolutely love fruits. I have a bowl of fruits on my desk at work. It makes it easier for me to snack on the fruit, versus going to the vending machine.

    7:28 pm  Dec 15th, 2010
  22. Terriann

    This weekend I went to a Christmas party. I kept gum in my mouth except while I picked a few healthy items from the ton of food and felt really good about my choices and even lost a half pound! Yea!

    9:40 am  Dec 20th, 2010
  23. Mary

    I don’t deprive myself entirely — if I really want something, I’ll have at least a tiny bit of it. If I give into a bowl of pasta covered with cheese, or savor a piece of cake — I want the ingredients to be fresh and home made. The only way that I can keep my weight down is to not give into the urge to over-indulge too frequently. I love fresh salads with pepperoncinis, artichoke hearts, hard-boiled eggs, craisens and dark leafy greens. I am very aware of calories in vs calories burned, so I am on the treadmill 4-5 times per week and work out with hand weights. And yes, I watch The Cooking Channel just about every morning while doing it — I’ve seen so many reruns of Molto Mario, Melting Pot and Simply Delicioso… but it works!

    8:48 pm  Dec 30th, 2010
  24. cinzia from Stile Mediterraneo Italy

    My way to stay healthy is:
    1) never do a diet (because the stress of depriving me of things will make me want them more);
    2) I use extra virgin olive oil for everything (NO butter) and always raw at the end of the cooking (otherwise you fry food)
    3) I eat good carbs (durum wheat, emmer or orzo pasta, brown rice) every day so that I feel full for many hours and I don’t think about food. I eat fruit but in moderation and in between meals.
    4) I eat little cheese and meat. I eat lots legumes and seafood (I live in Southern Italy, so that’s easy….meat is terrible here)
    5) I eat things that I like (pizza, dark chocolate etc) once a week and in moderation.
    6) I always use the stairs and walk (if I can) instead of driving the car and get stuck in traffic (again I live in Italy!)

    1:36 am  Jan 16th, 2011
  25. Andrew Schmarje

    Eat a wide variety of foods in Moderation so that your body gets all the various nutrients it needs. Focus on eating well-balanced meals with proteins, fibrous carbohydrates, and healthy fats (unsaturated from plant sources). In addition, drink plenty of water (which is one of the best things you can do for your diet that many people tend to overlook) Consume wholesome, unprocessed foods, focusing on foods that contain only 1 ingredient such as vegetables, fruits, nuts / seeds, olive oil, fish, etc.
    B.T.W. This is a really cool bog that has some really great looking recipes.

    8:55 am  Jan 27th, 2011
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