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Tips for Healthy Eating Throughout the “Silly Season”

Christmas parties, family get-togethers and holiday’s are notorious diet saboteurs. With all the high carbohydrate foods tempting you to overindulge, combined with seasonally lower activity levels, you can quickly find your weight going in the exact opposite direction that you intended!

Here are some tips to help get you through this wonderful time of the year:

Stay active. With all the demands of the holiday season, exercise is usually the last thing you feel like doing, want to do, or seem to have time for. But exercise is a great stress buster, and it will help you burn off those extra calories you inhaled along with Aunt Betty’s delicious cheesecake.

Don't go to a party on an empty stomach. Munch a handful of nuts or other high-protein snack immediately before the party to satisfy your hunger.

Avoid standing near the food table. Putting some distance between you and the food creates a convenient obstacle between you and the calories.

Fill up on liquids (of the non-alcohol variety!). Water, mineral water with a squeeze of lemon, and even diet sugar-free soft drinks can help fill you up before and during eating, lessening your desire for more food.

Bring a dish that you know you can eat. This way, you won't be forced to eat something that is laden with excess carbohydrate. Good choices include higher-protein, lower-carb foods such as devilled eggs, cheese cubes and vegetables sticks with a hummus or tzatziki dip.

Shift your focus from food to friends and family. Holidays are a time to celebrate relationships, they're not a license to overeat!

Take your time. Eat your food slowly and chew thoroughly. Remember that it takes at least 20 minutes for the brain to recognize you've eaten, shutting off hunger signals.