It is that time of year again – How to keep healthy this holiday season!

20 Nov

It feels GREAT to be back and blogging again – it has been too long! You know when it the holidays are right around the corner when the red, festive Starbucks cups are in gloved hands around town. I treated myself to a skinny Peppermint Latte this past weekend, which truly hit the spot and the smell was like holiday in a cup. In any case, the holidays can (I stress can, not will) promote nutritional havoc. There is good news, though: you can avoid winter holiday weight gain by utilizing a few strategies. The following strategies are adapted from the Sam’s Club Nov/Dec 2012 issue.

1) WATER! By carrying a bottle of water with you, you can fill up without filling up on extra calories. If you drink a glass of water before heading to the buffet table, chances are you will eat less.

2) AVOID TEMPTATIONS! Places like the office break room can be a dumping ground for sweets and treats that you wouldn’t normally eat. Studies show that when food is within sight – you’re more likely to eat it. Don’t set yourself up for disaster!

3) SMALL PLATES! It’s known that people tend to eat whatever is on their plates – and ALL that is on their plates. If you eat off of a larger plate, chances are that you are likely to overeat. Stick with a smaller plate and if you are truly hungry, go ahead for seconds (but choose veggies if you can).

4) HEAD OUTSIDE! One of the easiest ways to prevent the unwanted gift of holiday weight gain, find ways to exercise every day. Gather the family and head outside for a walk in between main and dessert course.

5) DON’T WAIT FOR JAN 1! Avoid the “indulge now, diet tomorrow” philosophy that often resurfaces this time of year. Don’t wait until January 1 to start living more mindfully. It is never to early (or late) to start.

6) BE PICKY!  Part of weight management is being selective about your calories. Pick things that you truly enjoy, and politely say “no” to the ones you don’t reallllly need.

7) SAY NO TO EMPTY CALORIES: Alcoholic drinks and cocktails can be a caloric trap. Stick with club soda with limes!

(Image source: http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/2012/11/15/cinnamon-orange-scented-cranberry-sauce/)

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One Response to “It is that time of year again – How to keep healthy this holiday season!”

  1. Debbie November 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    This recipe sounds great…going to try it tomorrow…..loved your tips…will print out and carry with me..!!!

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