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Happy (and Healthy) Holidays!

Here are some tips for staying on a healthy track this holiday season:

1. Don’t Get Too Hungry:

Avoid arriving at a holiday party in a state of utter starvation. It is understandable that you want to save your appetite for all the delicious food that will be served, but let me tell you, this is a lose- lose situation. Here’s why–if you arrive ravenous to a party, you will likely go overboard on appetizers, consuming an excess of calories and ruining your appetite for the main attraction. If you have a small, protein- rich snack prior, you will feel satisfied and be able to focus your sights on more important elements, like socializing with family and friends, as opposed to the chip bowl.

2. Watch Portion Sizes:

If appetizers or snacks are being served prior to the main meal, use a small plate to guide appropriate portion sizes. Place appetizers on a plate and sit down to enjoy them, instead of picking and grazing. This is where most people get into trouble, as they are unaware of how many calories they are consuming by mindlessly munching on appetizers.

If dinner is served as a buffet, it is important to be mindful of what you are putting on your plate and also how many trips you are making up to the buffet table. Fill half of your plate with vegetables, eat slower and chat with fellow guests during the meal. This will make you mindful of what you are eating and conscious of when you are beginning to feel full.

3. Cut Yourself Some Slack:

Although I do believe that the scale is beneficial for weight management, it is important to recognize that if you gain a few pounds during the holiday season, this number is not a permanent fixture. Do yourselves a favor and don’t hop on the scale the day after a big holiday party or meal–your body needs time to adjust and normalize appropriately.

We all fluctuate, so the scale shouldn’t dictate how you think of yourself or squash your good feelings after spending time with family and friends. Pick yourself up and keep moving forward. A few days of clean and mindful eating will push that number right back down.

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