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Busting the Top 5 Excuses to Overindulge During the Holidays

Strategies to Cope with Holiday Eating

Putting It All Together…
The best defense against holiday eating disasters is a combination of both planning and strategy: 
1.  Take inventory. Identify all the situations that make it difficult for you to eat healthy during the holiday season. Is it office parties? Food courts at the shopping mall? Family gatherings? Extra baking and cooking at home?
2.  Plan a system of attack. For example:
  • Bring a low calorie appetizer to the office party.
  • Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach. 
  • Use healthier substitutions and make a low-calorie, low-fat dessert for the family gathering.
  • Budget calories throughout the day, so you can afford to spend a few more at the party.
  • Burn extra calories in a longer-than-usual exercise session. Some research shows that adding just 10 more minutes of intense exercise to your usual workout can stave off holiday weight gain. 
  • Stay focused by getting 7-8 hours of sleep nightly.

3.  Remember to reward. Making it through the holidays can be hard work. Establish a reward system to stay motivated along the way. Deposit a pre-determined amount of money (the amount should be based on what you can financially afford) in a jar every week that you are able to follow your healthy eating plan. Then after the holidays—when the sales are big—go out and buy something special just for you!

4.  Stay positive. Everyone makes mistakes, so there will be times when even the most disciplined person will slip. Don’t worry or stress during these mishaps—it is critical to get back on track. Staying positive is half the battle. 
Remember, armed with a good plan and a positive attitude...
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Becky Hand Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.

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