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Maintaining your healthy diet throughout the holidays

I have been speaking to clients the last two weeks about the holidays, and all that comes with it, especially the food and cheer. It is hard for many of us to enjoy the festivities without indulging in our favorite things. It is particularly difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan in the middle of all the chaos of the season. My comment is there can be pleasure, with parameters. If you want to stay focused on your health, you can. It is entirely up to you. A big part of it all is preparation and focus.

Since Thanksgiving and Christmas come once a year, many dieters feel like they might have earned a day off, or two. If you choose this approach and decide to eat foods that might compromise your fat burning, here a a few hints that might help you:

  • Moderation is the key. Maybe eat a bite or two of grandmas stuffing, or your aunts green bean casserole. Choose to skip the pies, and bring your own dessert. Also, if you do indulge, remember you could feel really sick the next day.
  • A ONE DAY PASS. That means only one day, and not in a gluttonous way. Don’t let your choices derail you for the whole weekend. Just own what you do, zip it up, and get right back on point.
  • Drink a lot of water. It will help you stay full and hydrated and help with cravings.
  • Eat before you go to a party. If you are full when you arrive, you won’t be tempted to eat as much.
  • Bring a snack with you in case you need something extra.
  • Make food you can eat, and share with others. There are plenty of low fat, low carb options. LowFatLowCarb.com will help you out.
  • Drink hot tea or hot broth. They help fill you up.

Remember, the holidays are about family, friends, relationships and having fun, not just about the FOOD. Focus on the time you are spending with people you care about, not just the eating.
Creating healthy eating habits for a lifetime is the key to managing your weight. Remember that failing to plan is planning to fail. Have pleasure, with parameters!

WHAT PARAMETERS HAVE YOU SET FOR YOURSELF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?