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Smarter Health: Tips so you don’t tip the holiday scale!

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I've already had two holiday parties and am heading to another one this weekend...all in the first week of December. Parties mean two things: first, fun times with friends and family and second, yummy food and drink.

You can read article after article about gaining those holiday pounds (why do we think so many New Year's Resolutions involve hitting the gym and better diets?). It's a common problem for a lot of us around this time of year. Luckily, there are also hints and tips on how to combat that urge to eat more than we should during these festive occasions. Here are a few I rounded up:

-- Watch what you eat during the rest of the day. Now, don't not eat, as then when you arrive, you will definitely inhale way more appetizers than you should, but skip the pizza lunch and opt for a salad before that holiday cocktail party at the office.

-- Stay well hydrated. Often when we think we are hungry, we are actually just thirsty. Add in salty foods and alcohol, both of which you may have more of these days, and your body needs some H2O stat.

-- Choose wisely. I dig those "Eat This, Not That" books and advice. They give you a practical guideline for how to navigate those buffet tables and holiday treats without going hungry. For example, opt for shrimp cocktail over the appetizer meatballs, white turkey meat over dark meat, a bite or two of regular chocolate over candy canes, and champagne rather than egg nog.

-- Use a smaller appetizer plate. Bypass the large dinner plates and "fool" yourself into having a big portion. You will be surprised how full you will be just eating what is on that smaller plate.

-- Pick your vice. Let's say you know you have a sweet tooth, so definitely have a slice of pie and try the chocolate truffles, but skip the mashed potatoes and drink water instead of egg nog. Perhaps you love to drink champagne to celebrate the holidays. Then sip your bubbly, but bypass the dessert table. Stick to that one "bad food" and always still remember moderation is key.

Do you gain weight during the holidays? How do you stay on a healthy track with all of the festive food around?

© Daneger

by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Gold Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM
What does your daily menu look like?

Quoting GypsiSky:

I'm a raw vegan (fruitarian), that doesn't change because of holidays and special occasions... So I don't gain weight because of food choices (anymore, lol)

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by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Portion size is key for me. I've lost a lot of weight this year. I plan on keeping it off!
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by Ruby Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I do som beause of all the treats. I try to limit myself though

by Platinum Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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I try to keep a variety going, but let's say for today, breakfast~ porridge (made from apples, bananas and pears blended until it resembles porridge)

Lunch~ tomato soup (tomatoes, mixed berries and spices blended until warm in my Vitamix )

Dinner~ a hoagie (large romaine heart stuffed with cucumbers,  red onions, arugula or baby kale, sweet peppers and tomatoes that are tossed with a tsp of organic sesame tahini)

Snacks and desserts~ figs, grapes, sweet medjool dates

Quoting Rain2Rinse:

What does your daily menu look like?

Quoting GypsiSky:

I'm a raw vegan (fruitarian), that doesn't change because of holidays and special occasions... So I don't gain weight because of food choices (anymore, lol)

Trial starts the 25th next month. Hope he gets life or death row
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by Colleen on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I do gain weigh but now that I bike more hopefully I will lose it quickly

by Brian's Lil Vixen on Dec. 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

For 20.00 I bought some generic Sensa..You sprinkle a bit on your food and eat what you want..I also don't go by the scale anymore, I go by how my clothes are fitting..And let's just say my 10's are in sight...I was a 14/16...

by Danielle :) on Dec. 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Eat at home first, especially if it's just going to be finger foods at the party. Then taste the things you want to taste but you won't feel the need for a whole serving.

by Ruby Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM

 I had that trick a couple of years.  Not this time though.

Quoting Rain2Rinse:

I have an awesome trick to keep me from gaining weight this year. Morning sickness! :(


by Michelle on Dec. 6, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I just gained 4 lbs.... I am pretty upset about it. :(

by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Very great tips! I typically gain weight during the holiday season but I am making it a goal of mine this year to NOT gain any weight.

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