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Have fun and be healthy- It Can be Done!

on December 24, 2011


Most of you are probably getting ready for an eating binge that will continue into the New Year. Don’t fret, you can still have fun while eating healthy and not going overboard.  Well, not too much overboard!  Most people gain 2-5 pounds over the holidays which doesn’t seem like a lot except that most people don’t lose that weight, it just keeps adding up year after year.  Here are a few tips to enjoy the holidays without overindulging.

Yum- low calorie, nutritious and mighty tasty!

1- Don’t go to a party or family dinner with an empty stomach.  Not eating will lead to make bad choices as soon as you walk in the door.  Have some yogurt, string cheese, or a handful of almonds before you head out.

2- Make your time at the party more about spending time with friends and family and less about food.  Do your socializing away from the table.

3- If you are bringing a dish to share, make it a healthy option.  People love a fruit platter with a low-calorie dip or look for a healthier version of your favorite recipe.

4- Set limits on alcohol.  Enjoy a few alcoholic beverages but think about having a glass of water in between drinks.  Alcohol can increase your appetite and decrease your willpower, and that holiday cocktail is probably loaded with empty calories. Stick to lighter beverages like a glass of wine or a mixed drink with club soda and only one shot of alcohol.

5- Load up on fruits and veggies, avoid anything filled with cream cheese, sauces,and rich desserts.

6- Don’t deprive yourself but be choosy.  Don’t grab the first thing you see, survey the table and pick one or two things that are worth the calorie binge.

7- Hang out with the talkers, not the eaters!  Put 1 or 2 things on your plate and move away from the food area.  At least walking back and forth will burn a few calories- and standing burns more than sitting!

Eating too much is one holiday tradition you can do without. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up your favorite holiday foods — you just have to choose them wisely.

And...don't forget to find time for exercise!


One response to “Have fun and be healthy- It Can be Done!

  1. I really agree with tip number 6, as you get more control over your eating you get better at choosing which foods that actually are worth it. I mean, I don’t like candy so I don’t eat it just because it is put in front of me. But I love ice cream so when me and my family were to visit my older brother over the break I had some Cold Stone ice cream. It is worth so much more than to just eat stuff because you can!

    I have recently started a blog about my own weight loss, I have lost 17 lbs and have 15 more to go. Would love it if you stopped by, we are all in this together!


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