Do you struggle to maintain your healthy eating regimen during the holiday party season? If so, the good news is that it’s halfway over! Don’t let all of the gatherings you attend put a damper on what you consume. Here’s how you can stay strong and step into 2017 nutritionally strong!

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According to Roger Fielding, PhD, Director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory, Tufts University, these guidelines are key:

  • Adequate intake of Vitamin D

  • Adequate intake of protein daily, which helps provide a solid foundation for your muscles to build and grow. A good daily goal? Approximately 10-35% of your calorie intake, depending on your height and weight.

  • Portion size and healthy food choices are just as important as the amount of exercise you build into your day.

  • Approximately half of your daily calorie intake should come from whole grain carbs.

  • While we all know you can get calcium from dairy products, there are also other ways to incorporate that into your diet, such as collard greens.

  • Vitamin B6 is something you also want to be sure to include, since this helps with your immune function.

  • Of course, salt should be limited and you should try to stay away from refined sugar.