- Plan Ahead! Yep, same old story, but it works! If you are going to a party and you know there will be an abundance of tempting, unhealthy foods there, snack on something high-fiber prior to leaving. This could be some fresh veggies like carrots or celery, whole grains like a small bowl of oatmeal or a small salad. The fiber will help you feel more full and in turn, less hungry, so you won't be tempted to overdo it. If the event is at lunchtime, make sure you eat a good breakfast so you aren't ravenous at the table! Also, if you are shopping, carry healthy snacks with you. Pack nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruit or energy bars to help keep you away from the Food Court at the mall.
- Drink a lot of water throughout the day. More often than not, our bodies mistake the thirst for hunger. If you are well-hydrated, you won't be as tempted to have 4 slices of pie, and you'll feel more full.
- Pace yourself by chewing foods thoroughly, at least 30 times per bite. Put your fork down between bites. This little trick will give your brain time to register when you are actually full, rather than too stuffed to move!
- Have yourself a slice of pie or cake. (or whatever!) When you are faced with a heavenly table of delectable sugar bombs, don't sample each one. Decide which one you REALLY want, have a piece, then walk away. The further you are away from the buffet table, the less likely you are to absent-mindedly munch.
- Regarding alcohol, if you want a drink, have a drink. Keep in mind that these are empty calories, but no one likes to feel deprived, especially during the holidays. Make sure you drink a glass of water in between to make sure you aren't consuming extra empty calories or snacking without being aware.
- Continue your exercise routine. I know, I know...we are all busy running around like nuts, fighting crowds, malls, traffic, etc. Not only will exercise help control your weight during the holidays, but you will feel better. Even if you have to shorten your workouts due to time constraints, it still keeps you in the habit of working out. If you stop completely, it can be tough to get back into a routine, plus you might gain weight from taking a break.
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