Holiday Health Tips

The holidays are here, and that means parties, food and celebration. Learn how to avoid packing on the pounds so you can stay fit and trim this holiday season!

Healthy Holiday Alternatives
Expert chef from the OWN network’s Home Made Simple, Jesse Brune, shares delicious and healthy alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving fare.

Dr. Travis and Jillian reveal tips to feeling less bloated after a big Thanksgiving meal.

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Healthy Holiday Recipes
"The Hungry Girl," Lisa Lillien, shows you how to make healthy, hearty holiday meals.

Sassy Salsa Pumpkin Soup
PER SERVING (2 cups): 177 calories, 1g fat, 8.5g fiber

4 cups fat-free broth (chicken or vegetable)
One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup canned sweet corn kernels
3/4 cup salsa
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Optional toppings: shredded fat-free or low-fat cheese, fat-free sour cream and chopped scallions

Spray a medium-size pot with nonstick spray and bring to medium heat on the stove.
Place garlic in the pot. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and spices, and bring to a simmer.

Add pumpkin and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Top each cup with any of the optional ingredients before serving.


Noodlicious Veggie Crabcakes
PER SERVING (1 crabcake): 60 calories, 0.5g fat, 326mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 5g protein

2 packages House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles, spaghetti shape
One 12-oz. package broccoli cole slaw mix, dry
1 1/2 cups dry pancake mix
12-oz. drained white crabmeat
1 cup diced scallions
1/2 cup egg whites (about 4 egg whites)
1 tsp seasoned salt

Rinse and drain Shirataki noodles well. Pat dry. Place noodles in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for one minute.

Drain excess liquid from noodles and pat them until thoroughly dry. Cut noodles into pieces about 4 inches in length.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Bring a pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat.

Scoop four spoonfuls of the mix evenly into the pan, using a total of one-fifth of the batter. Press gently with a spatula to form cakes. Cook until crab cakes are golden brown on both sides, flipping occasionally. Repeat this process four more times, removing the pan from the heat, reapplying nonstick spray in between batches.
Salt and black pepper to taste


Holiday Stress
The holiday season can bring about a lot of undue stresses. Learn how to deal with any additional tension and anxiety. Having sex can also relieve stress! World-renowned sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer shares holiday sex tips!

The Doctors
hits the streets to see what stresses you out the most.

Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw share how to handle holiday stress.

Prevent Holiday Weight Gain
People gain between 1 and 5 pounds during the holidays and many never lose the weight.Liz Vaccariello, author of The 400 Calorie Fix, which offers an easy-to-follow weight-loss plan that won't leave you feeling hungry.

Liz says the first solution is to eat 400 calorie meals. You can eat whatever you want, wherever you want, as long as it is 400 calories and under.

Sixteen men and women used this plan, and Liz found that they each lost about 2 pounds per week and continued losing weight even after finishing the plan.

For an accelerated weight loss solution, the book includes a Two Week Quick Slim, which can melt off up to 11 pounds in just two weeks.

"The most important thing, no matter where you're eating, is to always focus on portion control," Dr. Travis adds.

Eating turkey, stuffing and pies, the average American consumes 3,439 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Within eight hours of consumption, the excess calories enter your fat cells, causing weight gain. It doesn't stop there; the average American eats an extra 619 calories every day throughout the holiday season!

"The holidays should be about enjoying friends and family," Jillian says, "not binging!"

Pull up a seat at the Thanksgiving table, as Jillian and The Doctors demonstrate just how the holiday calories and pounds add up. Learn healthy substitutions for your favorite holiday foods, so you can enjoy the feast without all the calories.

"Make healthier choices," plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says. "You want to get your fresh vegetables? Better than a casserole is [eating] the fresh, natural green beans."

A good way to burn excess calories is to sign up for a Turkey Trot. "Find a 5K or a 10K in your town," Dr. Travis says. "It will motivate you to train. You'll burn 350 to 750 calories, depending upon how far and how fast you run. It doesn't matter if it's a walk or if it's a run, the whole point is to just get moving. You don't want that pumpkin pie you enjoyed during the holiday season to haunt you come beach season."

Whipping Santa into Shape
Mrs. C says her bearded, jolly, gift-giving husband has a belly that seems to get bigger every year, especially during the holiday season. She asks The Doctors to help Santa stop being so naughty with his diet!

The Doctors stage an intervention about Santa's ever-expanding waistline.

  Fitness expert Jillian Michaels whips Santa into shape for the holidays