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Eating around the holidays

  1. Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.
  2. Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try 10- or 15-minute brisk walks twice a day.
  3. Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.
  4. Survey the party buffet to see what you could and cannot eat.
  5. Eat until you are satisfied and NOT over stuffed. You can enjoy your favorite foods in smaller portions.
  6. Watch your alcohol intake. The more you consume alcohol the more likely you are to over eat.
  7. If you over eat during one meal scale back on the next one. It takes 500 calories per day and 3,500 per week.
  8. Plan activities at dinner parties to balance out your meal intake. Movies, board games  etc.
  9. Bring your own healthy food and snacks.
  10. Practice healthy cooking. Lower calorie meals. Combine healthy tips for cooking with traditional holiday meals.