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Holiday eating tips can make for a healthy 2022 all year long

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The 2021 study by the career website Zippia says Alabama is the only State in the deep South that lists losing weight as its main New Year’s resolution. Sheena Gregg is a registered dietitian nutritionist with the UA Department of Health Promotion and Wellness. She says one party or meal won’t undo your health going into 2022. Gregg offers this advice at any time you overeat.

“If you if you felt like you've overindulged in a particular party, the best thing to do is go back to your normal routine the next day,” Gregg suggests. “It's not helpful to overcompensate by eating lighter the next day or over exercising. Just get back into your healthy routine of staying hydrated, doing your normal exercise routine.”

Gregg says the body can mimic the feeling of hunger when it's actually thirsty. So she also recommends staying hydrated during the holidays to help with overindulging.

She adds it’s an important way to eat healthy through the year.

“Our body can mimic the feeling of hunger when it's actually thirsty. That's one of the first initial signs of dehydration and so it can be really easy to misread those signals when we feel that tummy rumble, thinking that we are hungry when we actually may just not have drank enough liquids that day.”

Gregg says one holiday party or meal won’t undo your health. She recommends getting back into your normal eating and exercise routine if you’ve overindulged. Gregg says significantly scaling back calories or overexercising won’t be helpful.

Baillee Majors is the Morning Edition host and a reporter at Alabama Public Radio.
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