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9 ways to avoid over eating this holiday season.

| November 18, 2018 | Reply

Holidays are here and it’s time to spend time with family and friends. Those get-togethers mean food, food, more food, desserts, drinks and basically consuming more calories in one meal than you normally do in a few days. It’s easy to pack on the pounds between Halloween and New Year’s if you’re not careful. You can have a great holiday season and minimalize the damage if you take a few precautions and keep mindful of what you’re consuming and why. Try these tips to keep you on the right track.

 

  1. Eat first. Grab snack before you head out to the party. You could even choose to have a small healthy meal before you go out so you won’t overdo it at the party
  2. Choose one treat. Whatever your favorite temptation is, just have it. Remember to make it a small portion. If you don’t allow any treats, you may just lose it and over indulge. Try not to try everything at the dessert table though.
  3. Write it down. Keeping a food diary is the best way to keep the weight off. There are a number of great aps that can help keep track of foods and calories. At least keep a food journal.
  4. Stop eating as you cook! You can easily consume 100’s of calories before you even sit down at the table if you eat as your cooking. Make a rule and don’t do it.
  5. Drink plenty of water. Water makes you feel full and harder to stuff your belly with calorie rich foods.
  6. Avoid too much booze. Alcoholic drinks can be loaded with calories, especially those festive drinks like rum and eggnog. Choose wine, beer or a cocktail that doesn’t use a high calorie mixer. Drink a glass of water between every alcohol drink.
  7. Stay active, but don’t reward with extra helpings. Get out and walk every day, even in the winter or find some way to exercise 30 minutes per day. Just make sure you realize that if you burn an extra 300 calories you can eat 300 extra calories.
  8. Don’t beat yourself up. We all slip. Just get right back to it. Don’t think that just because you messed up and ate 2 cookies that you should give up and finish the box!
  9. Head for the veggies. Even veggies with a low calorie dip are better than cakes, pies and sweets. They will also help make you feel full.

Have a happy holiday, enjoy your friends and family and all the wonderful things the holidays offer, including the food.  Now go hit the veggies!

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