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By Alyssa St-Jean (

The holiday season is a time for joy, fun and celebration. Most of our favourite memories come from this time of year. If I just close my eyes, I can just picture Grandma baking her famous chocolates, cookies and pies. Oh my! Just thinking about them makes me wanna drool! But for those of us who will trying to maintain our weight throughout the holidays, these “Holiday goods” are a serious problem and presents serious temptations! No stress, we will get through this holiday season together!
Here is my guide to surviving the holidays and not breaking the scale:

Parties and Cookies

I know, Grandma is gonna be so pissed if your don’t eat her peanut butter cookies. After all, she did make them just for you because she knows you love them so much. “Ugh! But if I eat them, they are going to go straight to my you know what!” It’s ok, have the cookie, just make sure you have a plan. 
  • Eat before you get to the party so that you are not starving upon arrival. Those cookies won’t be so tempting! 
  • Decide how many cookies you’re going to eat and reduce your calories from the other meals during the day. Have a salad instead of Betty’s Lasagna. 
  • Bring snacks and foods that you feel comfortable munching on. Perhaps bringing a healthier alternative to the party like a veggie platter will make you feel less sluggish and that way, if you are hungry, you can snack on something with few calories but with lots of volume.  

Lunch Dates

Holiday lunches are another popular way to get together during the busy holiday season. Whether it is with friends, family members or co-workers, we all want to make sure that we get the chance to see everyone during this time of year so we cram in as many visits as possible. Unfortunately, this means lots of restaurants and unplanned meals. Uh-oh… 
  • Stay away from everything and anything fried, creamy and/or crispy. 
  • Stick to a low-carb meal like steak and steamed veggies. This will make you feel much better than chowing down on fettuccine Alfredo for lunch… Hello food baby and mid-afternoon nap cravings… 
  • If you are having a salad or anything that comes with a sauce really, have it ordered on the side. 
  • Ask for a doggie bag “box” before your start eating and that way you can remove the excess right away to make sure that you do not over eat. 

Keep Moving

During the holidays, you’re busy I totally get it! Shopping, gift wrapping, cooking and not mention your job that you’re trying to juggling in between all of that… So, what’s up with your exercise routine? Yeah, I bet that has been given the boot for the time being. Make sure that you make the time to get outside and be active during the holidays. It does not have to be a boring jog around the block in the snow; it can be a fun and festive activity that you and the whole family can enjoy. Winter doesn’t stick around for very long; make sure that you make the best of it while you still can and with good company. There are lots of calorie-burning opportunities everywhere you turn! Here are some ideas: 
  • Ice skating
  • Skiing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Shovelling
  • Snow shoeing 
  • Hiking

How do you plan to survive the holidays without breaking the scale?  

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