Sam Talbot's Tips For Healthy Eating During the Holidays

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When it comes to keeping up a healthy diet, "it’s really easy to [lose it] during the holidays. For me, that’s when you really have to tighten it up," shares Sam Talbot, who was a semi-finalist on Bravo's Top Chef and voted Fan Favorite. "When everybody else is relaxing, that’s when I like to really take it seriously."

Read on to discover his best healthy eating tips.

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Exercise Portion Control

To keep portion size in check, especially when faced with 15 different dishes at a holiday meal, Sam suggests drinking a bottle of water right before mealtime. "It fills you up a little bit [and] tricks your body into thinking that you’re full," he explains. "Then, by the time you’re eating, an hour or so into it you’re definitely not as hungry."

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Stay Hydrated

Plus, drinking more water "helps balance out all that eggnog and wine," adds Sam.

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Cook With Healthier Alternatives

"If you’re the one entertaining or cooking and you haven’t been using those alternatives, now is the time," Sam tells us. "You could really do some wonderful things without using the everyday white flour [and] without the processed white sugar or cane sugar."

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Swap In These Ingredients

When cooking at home, Sam suggests keeping dishes healthy by using these ingredients: almond milk, clarified butter, almond flour and coconut flour.

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Discover the Secret To Healthy Mashed Potatoes

"Mashed potatoes find their way on to most Christmas menus. You can take out the heavy cream or butter and replace it with almond milk or hemp milk and still get that creamy mashed potato-y, comforting feeling that you get from regular mashed potatoes, but minus all the unneeded fat," reveals Sam.

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Find Sweet Substitutes For Baking

What are some healthy sugar swaps for baking? "I switch out sugar all the time, whether I’m using an organic maple syrup or a raw honey. Stevia is also a wonderful alternative. There’s even fruit puree. All of those things can go a really long way when you’re looking for sweetness, but again minus all the calories. Your body doesn’t have to work as hard to process it. It’s natural," explains Sam.

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Stay Away From This Sugary Dish

"I really think the whole sweet potato with the marshmallow is just gross," reveals Sam. "I think it’s one of the gnarliest things on the planet. I’ve never understood it, and I was raised in the Carolinas where it’s everywhere. You might as well take pixie sticks and pour them on turnips."

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When it comes to keeping up a healthy diet, "it's really easy to [lose it] during the holidays. For me, that's when you really have to tighten it up," shares chef Sam Talbot, who was a semi-finalist on Bravo's Top Chef and voted Fan Favorite. "When everybody else is relaxing, that's when I like to really take it seriously."

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