Avoid packing on pounds this holiday season

  • Make your resolution for a healthy lifestyle now. Don’t wait for New Year’s Eve to make a commitment to yourself.
  • Write down your goals — losing weight, exercising more or eating healthier. Goals that are written down are 80 percent more likely to be achieved!
  • Don’t eat unless you are hungry. You do not need to have something to eat at every holiday party. The host/hostess is not keeping track.
  • Watch those holiday drinks. Eggnog, cider and alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories.
  • Mingle with people. When we are bored, we eat more. The point of being at the party is to be social. So, step away from the buffet table and start mingling.
  • Throw a healthy party. Be different. Throw a holiday party with high protein, low calorie foods. This makes for a fun girls night!
  • Drink plenty of water. We often reach for food thinking we are hungry when we are actually thirsty.
  • Eat a snack. Before you go to a party, have a healthful snack at home. A snack high in fiber and/or protein will help you feel full so you’ll snack less.
  • Keep moving. I understand holidays can get busy, but don’t neglect your workouts. They may change form: Instead of going to the gym, you might go ice-skating or get in a snowball fight.
  • Get sleep. So many parties and presents so little time. I understand, but your body will not. Be sure to get plenty of sleep — 8 hours a day for most people.
  • Don’t deny yourself foods you love. This will only make you want them more! If you love pumpkin pie, have a piece (but just one piece, without ice cream and whipped cream).

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