Holiday Survival Tips

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The holidays can challenge even the healthiest eaters. We’re offering up a few tips that can help you get through those difficult “eating events” with no regrets.

#1 Party-goers plan ahead. Select creatively when facing that buffet table full of tempting treats. Walk around the table first so you know what items you really want. Figure out which foods are “worth the calories” to you. Zero-in on your favorites instead of trying everything. Fill your plate with lots of crunch vegetables and fruits and yourself smaller portions of your favorite treats. One-bite studies show that people who just consumed one bite of a certain food satisfied their craving just as much as the people who ate the entire food item.

#2 Recycle food gifts. Out of sight-out of mind. You don’t need to have all that food hanging around the house (or the office break room). Taking food to the office doesn’t help your office mates remain healthful. Remember your favorite charity or the hungry and homeless this holiday season. Keep baking to a minimum. Only baking enough use for specific events.

#3 Pack a survival kit for shopping days. Tuck an apple, some dried fruit or a banana into your bag before heading out. This allows you to avoid an unexpected stop for overpriced, calorie-laden snacks when you’re tired and hungry.

#4 Be the good guest. Bring a light low-fat and/or low-sugar dish or better yet a big vegetable dish to the party or meal. You’ll know there is at least one thing you can eat. Others will thank you, too! Also… go home empty-handed.

#5 Exercise creatively. With time at a premium during the holidays, exercise classes are often dropped to allow for shopping, baking and partying. Pair up with a friend to meet each other for exercise or support. If you skip classes, replace these missed workouts other activities that involve movement. Take a walk in the neighborhood to see decorations; park far away in the shopping center; take the steps instead of the elevator or escalator; take a  mindful walk on the beach; invite your guests to go for a before or after dinner walk or dance around the Christmas tree.

Celebrate and focus on what the holidays are really all about including spending time with family and friends. Christmas CookiesYou might even try finding some creative activities or ways to get together that doesn’t involve food. Wishing you and yours a happy, healthful and safe holiday season.