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Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

holiday party 2008 dessertsIt’s easy to feel overwhelmed throughout the holidays.  You have presents to buy, parties to attend, decorations to hang, guests to entertain, not to mention all of the extra food you encounter.  There seems to be food everywhere; samples at the store, potlucks at work, and cookies around every corner.  This can be a very stressful time especially if you’re trying to count your calories and watch your waistline.  Here are 10 tips that I hope will help you stay on track and still enjoy your holidays.

WRITE IT DOWN – this is a proven method with successful weight loss programs.  Keep track of everything you put in your mouth – the samples at the store, the taste testing at home while you’re baking – everything!  This gives you a clear account of where your calories are coming from.

PLAN AHEAD – if you are hosting a party or just planning to be busy this holiday season, plan out meals in advance so you aren’t settling for high calorie foods on the run.  Carry healthy snacks with you in case you get caught up in the hustle and bustle instead of skipping a meal and possibly over indulging later.

MAKE FITNESS A PRIORITY – Continue your walking or fitness program throughout the holidays.  Schedule it into your day so it doesn’t get over looked.

BRING YOUR OWN FOOD – You may not be in control of what foods will be served at the party but you can bring a dish that you create and you know is low in calories.  It’s okay to sample different foods, just remember not to go overboard.

LIMIT ALCOHOL – a lot of alcohol that is served is high in calories and drinking too much of it can sometimes lead to over eating.  Be careful.  Limit yourself to one or two drinks and drink them slowly throughout the evening.

DON’T STRESS YOURSELF OUT – so you went to a party and let yourself go hog wild at the buffet table.  Relax.  You’re human.  Today is a new day.  Accept your slip up and move on.

PORTION CONTROL – You can eat what you want but keep your portions in check.  Sometimes just a little nibble is all you need.

ENJOY THE VISIT – Remember to really enjoy visiting with the people at the party.  You don’t have to eat with every person you’re talking to.  Put your food down and indulge in conversation.  You may just find that you’re not hungry by the time you finish talking.

SLOW DOWN – this tip goes hand in hand with the last two.  Try to avoid standing over the buffet table and popping food after food into your mouth.  Get a plate and control what you put on it.  Then take your time while you’re eating it.  You may find you actually can remember what you ate and enjoy it.

WATER – Don’t forget to hydrate yourself throughout the day.  Water is essential to maintaining good health but it also helps you to feel fuller longer.  Drink up!

Trust Yourself *You Can Do It*Happy Holidays