:: How To Avoid Holiday Pounds ::

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A couple of days ago my hubby and I made a gingerbread house, or more technically, a graham cracker house. I purchased a variety of $1.00 candies to keep the cost down, but it was still so tempting to munch on all the sugary decorations. Right after we finished our house (and a little church next to it) I threw away the leftover candy. Normally I would bag it all up and save it, but no, it's not worth it.

So, I have come up with a few tips for myself (and maybe helpful to you, too) to avoid adding the extra unwanted holiday pounds.

1. THROW IT AWAY! Don't keep sugary items, cookies and other high calorie treats in the house. If someone gives you a plate of goodies, eat one and throw the rest away (you'll thank yourself for it later) or give it away if you are that brave.

2. DON'T GO HUNGRY. Going to a holiday party? Eat a healthy, filling meal before you go so you don't gorge on all the unhealthy stuff. And don't forget to drink a lot of water.

3. FIND ALTERNATIVES. I love to bake goodies for Christmas. This year I am finding other great things to give out besides food (small ornaments, cards w/ poems).

It is so hard for sugaraholics to say no (I struggle all the time). But I find it easier to decline when I properly nourish my body with good things. I also cannot deprive myself either - so I try to limit myself to what holiday sweets I partake of. It's hard, but it's possible to stay in control.

Do you have any good tips?

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    How are you doing? It's been a while. I hope you are doing well and meeting your goals.
    4326 days ago
    Always, always track your food! As soon as you eat something write it down baby!
    That is the only way
    4376 days ago
    Ah, what a great idea! I had not thought of that - thank you!
    4376 days ago
    Bring a healthy dish to the party. That way, if you must snack, you have an option that you have control over.
    Chewing gum is good for parties too.

    I loved the post it has great ideas. I love the house you made too!
    4376 days ago
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