Holiday season puts diets to the test

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's a busy time of year, and oftentimes eating healthy and exercising get put on the back burner. But there are ways you can stay in check. The burning question is...do people really care when it comes to eating too much food on Thanksgiving?

"Not that one day, then we have to pay for it later!" said Lori Ronchetto.

"That's the problem with overindulging, because you've got to make it up in your free time with exercise," added Kenneth Park.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the holiday season is at its peak.

"There's a lot of people, there`s a lot of pressure to try and eat everything that everybody makes," said Alyssa Krejci, a registered dietitian at Hy-Vee. She said it's this time of year where many people forget about nutrition.

"Then it's the next day where they`re running to the gym," she said.

She also said it's not just this time of year...but it's important to be mindful of portions year-round. But if you must indulge there are smart ways to do so.

"Kind of picking your favorite things that you want to try and not doing huge portions on those items, so you can get a little of everything," she said.

And if you do fall off the wagon, fear not.

"Drink lots of water, start moving, today`s a new day, so just start out eating healthy portions, yesterday already happened, so what can we do, lets add a whole bunch of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and get the next day started on the right foot."

So do you feel prepared to take on the next round of holiday meals?

"We`ll see!" says Ronchetto.

For more information and ways to stay healthy over the holidays, please visit this link.

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