The Institute for Vibrant Living® Shares 6 Tips on How to Stay Heart Healthy During the Holidays

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The Institute for Vibrant Living® looks at several easy ways to have a heart healthy holiday and keep from packing on weight during the holiday season. Tackling this problem is really just a matter of approach, planning and, of course, a little bit of discipline.

Tip #1: Be Selective
It is important to prepare ahead of time. In the days leading up to a holiday feast, exercise willpower and eat very healthy foods. By using this strategy there is less guilt and less weight gain to worry about. A word of caution however- this doesn't mean to eat more than you normal come the holiday meal! To do so would defeat the purpose of cutting back before the holidays!

Tip #2: Alter the Idea of What Constitutes a "Holiday Meal"
The easiest way to make sure to stay heart healthy during the holidays is to switch out or reduce the foods that are bad with healthier alternatives. Reducing the portion size of foods is an easy way to take some of the pressure off of your heart.

Tip #3: Find Alternative Recipes
The odds are that no matter what the favorite holiday treat may be there are alternative recipes available. This is where doing research can really pay off. Spend some time searching healthy recipe websites online and quickly find some delicious and nutritious takes on the holiday classics.

Tip #4: Volunteer to Bring Food to Holiday Parties and Gatherings
Bring the dessert! Combine this idea with exercising portion control, and stay in great shape come the New Year.

Tip #5: Meat Substitution Doesn't Mean No Fun and No Flavor
High calorie and high fat meat dishes can still be great and quite tasty with healthier, lower fat alternatives. Try new recipes during the holidays that incorporate lower fat, healthier meat alternatives like skinless poultry and meals that are prepared with broiling or baking. Consider substituting your typical meat dish with salmon.

Tip #6: Look for Hidden Fat
Just as many fast food dishes, such as salads, are often loaded with hidden fat, chemicals and preservatives, the same holds true for holiday treats. Cut out many unnecessary calories from your diet and keep the inches off by being extra observant during the holidays. A few moments of work looking for the hidden fat will be worth the time.

About the Institute for Vibrant Living®
A leader in the dietary supplement industry, the Institute for Vibrant Living is committed to providing customers with evidence based nutritional supplements. Their unique product line reflects a belief that anyone can achieve lifelong health. All products and formulations are based on extensive research, clinical trials and case studies. All products are 100% guaranteed.

To learn more about the Institute for Vibrant Living® please visit their website at http://www.IVLProducts.com.

This information is meant to be used to educate the reader and is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Before you take any supplement, please consult your physician or other licensed healthcare professional to determine if it's appropriate for you. This information is brought to you by the Institute for Vibrant Living®.

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