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Healthy holiday eating can make keeping New Year’s resolutions easier

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

It's the most wonderful time of the year, stockings are hung, the tree is decorated and holiday meals seem never ending.

It's also the time of year where most Americans put on five to ten pounds.

"A lot of that is due to a stressful environment. We're spending more money that we're used to spending and our schedules are busier and a lot of times our meals will be the last thing we think about," said Amy McLeod, Rd, Ld, Registered Dietician, Brookshire Brothers.

Once the holidays are over gyms are filled with many trying to get rid of their holiday weight and fulfill New Year's resolutions.

"Diet and exercise you can't do one without the other, its all about making that habit," said Matt Engel, Store Manager, Complete Nutrition.

Registered dietician Amy Mcleod says starting a healthy workout now could save you the trouble.

"They should start by exercising preferably in the morning because we have a lot of activities at night and we come up with excuses not to exercise," said McLeod.

 Dietitians say portion control is key and its important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and holiday parties can be a set back if you're not prepared.

"Have a snack before you go so you don't go starving so that especially if there is a delay in the meal you may really over eat when that food comes," said McLeod.

Health officials say it comes down to what is doable for you and encourages slight adjustments for a healthier holiday.

"You should not go on a diet because you can get back off, make a cleaner lifestyle," said Engel.

"If you can kind of have the mindset that you are going to continue you physical activity," said McLeod.

It's a routine you can keep as you head into the new year.

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