Nutritionist shares yuletide secrets to help you stay healthy

The holiday season is well and truly upon us, but, given that a recent Gallup poll found obesity to be the third greatest health concern in the United States, you may be looking for ways to keep your calorie count in check this time of year. This blog has already shared some expert advice to stay healthy this Thanksgiving, but don't forget that this month is brimming with holiday events, most of which are sure to involve sugar- and sodium-heavy platters of your favorite seasonal treats.

So, what can you do to maintain a healthy diet in the midst of all these festivities? The Huffington Post has a few suggestions. The news outlet arranged an expert panel of licensed nutritionists, all of whom have their own tricks to lessen the physical toll of so much yuletide cheer.

The first bit of advice, proffered by nutritionist Rachel Begun, may be heartbreaking for some holiday-goers: Ixnay on the egg nog.

"Egg nog is a fat and calorie bomb," she explains, adding that a cup of hot chocolate with a touch of spice would be a better alternative.

For another health-conscious substitution, Begun suggests serving up melon wrapped in prosciutto in the place of the classic pigs-in-a-blanket. The salty taste of the meat pairs beautifully with the light, sweet flavor of the melon, giving you an hors d'oeuvre that is as mouth-watering as it is nutritious.

Of course, it is the holiday season and you certainly do deserve to treat yourself in some form or another, But, rather than indulging on empty calories, why not give yourself the gift of aging longevity? At Longevity Centres of America, our anti-aging doctors are dedicated to your health and well-being all year round.