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Eat Hearty and Healthy During the Holidays!

Elizabeth

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Nov 19th, 2012

Holiday Meals

So, the holidays are coming and once again we want to eat like royalty during the big feasts, but not look like a pumpkin in January. It’s a  time of tradition and legendary eating is a big part of that tradition. Don’t plan to give up the tradition. It won’t work anyway. Think about all the ways we “spend” calories during the holidays. Eating a big meal on one day in November and December is not enough to create a wardrobe malfunction.

  • Go ahead and have desert on the big holidays, but don’t spend your “cookie calories” before, after, and in between.
  • Don’t throw caution to the wind and eat big for weeks.
  • Be careful at holiday parties and gatherings. Snack, nibble and drink with the crowd but choose veggies and lower calorie beverages.
  • Avoid the mindset that your hopes of keeping your weight under control are just blown to bits for 3 weeks. Stay careful in between and have a really good time at the most important holiday meals.
  • Turkey is terrific but skip the skin. No need to sample everything on the table. Pick what you like, avoid extras like bread. Use vegetables to fill your plate.
  • Don’t feel obligated to try Aunt Matilda’s mystery dish. Keep a one-inch border around your plate and fill the middle like you really want to. Set a limit on drinking to minimize calories and keep from becoming too uninhibited in your eating mindset.
  • Plan NOT to have second helpings. Fill your plate “once and done”.
  • It’s best not to show up super hungry for holiday meals and events.

It wouldn’t hurt to toss around a football or take a walk through the neighborhood to look at holiday decorations. Remember that not gaining weight is a big win at holiday time. This is not an ideal time to plan to lose pounds.

Have a wonderful and healthy holiday season!

 

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