Surviving the Holidays 101!

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I don’t know about you guys but I’m like insanley popular and have a TON of holidays parties this month!!!  Ok I don’t know about the insansely popular part but I do have a shit ton of parties this month and I love sugar, cheese and alcohol so I need all the help I can get to watch my waistline while still having a good time. 

In honor of all the parties and get togethers I have coming up I thought it would be fun to provide some healthy tips and suggestions on how to get past this “fun-filled” time of year!

Tuesday’s  Seven Healthy Holiday Tips:

1.)  Pre-Party Snack- Have a small healthy snack pre-party so you’re not starving by the time the party begins.  This makes it more likely you will not over indulge. 

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2.)  Portion Control- At a party be sensible about your portions.  It is easy to reduce your portion sizes by choosing the smallest serving plate your host is offering (possibly a dessert plate). 

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3.) Sensible Choices- Always stay safe by heading towards veggie platters.  This way, you’re still blending in with having food on your plate without the threat of ruining your diet.  Eat any dips in moderation that may be served with the veggies. Avoid anything greasy or fried, these are obviously the unhealthiest options you could choose. 

4.)  Balance- If you are going to a party in the evening, eat lighter meals during the day. If you do happen to binge at the party, balance your calories the next day and and work in more exercise.

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5.) Healthy Cooking-  If you’re assigned to bring a dish to the party, choose something healthy that you would enjoy.  Some ideas are:

Fruit platter with healthy fruit dip

Veggie Platter with hummus

Black Bean dip with baked tortillas

Shrimp Cocktail

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6.)  Exercise-  With the hussle and bussle of the holidays it is very easy to skip your workouts.  The average person gains 1-2 pounds over the holiday season.  Make your health a priority!  Try to find 20 minutes once a day (more if you can) and MOVE! Need ideas:

Jog/walk the stairs (at work or home)

Racewalk/jog around the block

Blast some music and dance

Turn to youtube.com for thousands of free at home workouts

 7.) Accountiblity- Stay accountable to yourself over the holidays.  Track your calories and track your exercise.  Again, there are a ton of free online trackers but my favorite is myfitnesspal.com.  There is a huge community that makes it fun to find a buddy.  If you join and are looking to add a new “friend” please send me a friend request at- MrsSocrates. 

The final step should really be practicing what I preach!   It’s MUCH easier said then done to stay healthy this time of year but I really do believe preparation is half the battle. 

 

 

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