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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?

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by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (31-40):
amyjane22
by Amy on Dec. 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM
I tend to put on a bit of weight, but I try to make better choices.
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ethans_momma06
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

No idea.

I don't regularly weigh myself.

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Dec. 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

i dont overeat no matter what

Gabbysmom615
by Kira on Dec. 7, 2012 at 3:27 PM

 i probably gain a pound or two but i lose it

nngmommy83
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM
Great advice!
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Luvmybooskies
by Tiff on Dec. 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I eat what I want during the holidays. I don't gain weight from doing so.

JerseyGirl511
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Yes, I usually gain a few pounds during the holidays.  I've been following the Weight Watchers plan so I can indulge in what I want as long as I stay within my point range.  That's what I like about WW, you don't have to cut out your favorite foods.

Ladyisis
by Jenn on Dec. 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

These are great tips! Thanks for sharing. I usually don't gain too much weight during the holidays and try to eat healthy and still enjoy a few festive treats. I do need to lose some weight though.

SweetLuci
by Luci on Dec. 7, 2012 at 8:08 PM

 Having one drink, or none.

Juniper53098
by June on Dec. 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Staying gluten and egg free helps a TON =)

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