Eating Through the Holidays

As the holidays approach, so does the celebration with food. It’s time to start diet control so you won’t be doing damage control. It is also important not to deprive yourself of treats and to stay guilt-free when treating yourself. The reality is, over these next five to six weeks, eating just 200 

extra calories per day may set you up to gain about five or six pounds. That delicious slice of carrot cake is 300-500 calories, and a plain piece of cheesecake is 300-400 calories, but one freshly baked cookie may give you only around 80-100 calories. Here are some tips for keeping things under control. Walk after the treats could do just enough to keep those calories at bay. 

Take a few minutes before going for seconds. Let your stomach signal to your brain that it’s full, it takes a few moments. Drink some water first, then check back in with your appetite. You may realize you only want a small portion of seconds. 

If you are known for “bored” or “recreational” eating, pop a piece of gum or mint in your mouth so you won’t keep eating the chips. Distance yourself from the snack table. 

Don’t leave the house too hungry. Before arriving at a party, eat something so you won’t arrive famished. Pre-party snacks that are well-balanced in proteins and high-quality carbs should keep you from eating too many party favors. A good snack would be a peanut butter sandwich and apple slices. 

Try not to drink too many of your calories. A glass of eggnog will cost you around 500 calories, while wine and mixed drinks start at 225 calories. Have a glass of water in between drinks. Spend your calories on delicious treats instead. 

Dance those calories off. Be sure to wear your dance shoes and prepare for some incidental exercise. Dancing is a great way to work off some celebration pounds. Taking a walk after dinner is a great idea as well.

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