Many women turn to online health resource EmpowHER for advice that will improve their health or make their lives easier. Registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM did both when she supplied readers with her holiday survival guide. Stoler’s easy-to-follow health tips, such as swapping Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil for corn oil, is one reason why many consider the health expert one of the best.

You may not need to follow a complicated, overly scheduled routine to lead a healthy lifestyle.”I don’t count the number of days in a week I work out,” said Stoler. “Over time, things become a habit, and as a result, effortless. Similar to tying your shoelaces.” She offered the following holiday survival guide tips:

  1. Get a good night’s sleep. “Proper sleep will help you to feel your best, and avoid binge-eating or having to fight off any cravings due to crankiness.”
  2. Eat breakfast. ‘Saving’ calories for later is often a big mistake. “Don’t fall for this trap,” said Stoler. “It is the worst thing you can do your metabolism.”
  3. Stay hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day will help you feel your best.
  4. Snack on healthy foods. Consuming low-calorie healthy snacks throughout the day may prevent you from overeating later.
  5. Use fresh foods and herbs whenever possible. “Avoid processed foods at all costs, including seasonings,” said Stoler. Many holiday pre-packaged foods, such as boxed stuffing, crescent rolls and jarred gravies contain harmful trans fats which have been shown to increase heart disease risk. If you need to use packaged foods, look for products made with naturally trans fat-free Malaysian palm oil.
  6. Space our dinner and dessert. You may find that you eat less, or even refuse dessert, if you wait 30 minutes after finishing your dinner.
  7. Use healthy cooking oils. “Sustainable Malaysian palm oil is a healthy alternative to corn and canola oil,” said Stoler. “It has a higher smoke point and a neutral flavor profile.” Palm oil is a balanced oil, rich in nutrients such as vitamin E tocotrienols. It doesn’t break down into dangerous chemicals when exposed to high temperatures. And unlike many commonly used oils, palm oil is survival guide

Felicia Stoler is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.

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