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corbis_rf_photo_of_holiday_dessert_buffetDid you know that the average person consumes an extra 600 calories per day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s?!?  Yes my friends… the holiday’s are here!  It may sound too soon to be saying that, but I was at Target the day after halloween and it looked liked Christmas had exploded all over the store!  Plus, in my book, it’s never to early to get a healthy start on the holiday season!

Like everyone else, I try to make it through the holidays without going up a pant size!  Here are some of my favorite tips!

  • Think first – “Do I really like this?” “Do I need to eat the entire thing?”


  • Just a taste – Remind yourself that all you really need is a taste to satisfy… no need to inhale the whole thing!


  • Never attend a party hungry! – This is a very important rule!  The hungrier you are the more you will eat!  Make sure to eat a small low-fat snack or meal before attending an event or party


  • Remember to exercise!  Try to schedule something in every day!


  • Strive for weight maintenence rather than weight loss


  • Make sure to always have veggies on your plate – enjoy the decadent stuff in small portions… no need to deprive yourself.


  • Alcohol increases our appetite!  Alternate alcohol with water or seltzer… hydration is key!


  • Learn the art of saying “No, thank you. I’m full.”  We can decline food without sounding rude.  When someone is pushing food, in a very kind and casual voice, tell them “No thanks, I’m full.”


  • Be prepared for social pressures.  A sense of humor and a smile go a long way when you want to stick to a healthy plan.


  • Be persistent and positive!  Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged if you have a bad day.  Remember… it’s just one day and there’s always tomorrow 🙂


  • Visualize yourself succeeding – this is a big one!  Carry a positive and confident attitude that you will succeed!


  • Balance a heavy meal with a lighter one… make it a vow to never eat two heavy meals in a row.


  • Focus on enjoying family and friends.  By far, the most important of all!

9 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said on November 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I’m printing this out and putting it on my fridge.

  2. boomette said on November 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Great tips 🙂 Thanks for posting them

  3. lynn @ the actors diet said on November 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    the last tip is definitely the most important one. this is the first t’giving i’ve looked forward to in a long time and i’m psyched 🙂

  4. Marissa said on November 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Great tips!

  5. sophia said on November 9, 2009 at 1:23 am

    600 kcal? Phew, that’s actually less than I thought. But great tips! It’s hard to stay on track during holidays…oh, and I loved this piece of advice most: “Focus on enjoying family and friends!”

  6. Lu said on November 9, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I love your list. Great tips and I’m totally going to follow them.

  7. Sarah said on November 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    These are great tips, thanks for sharing! I really like the one where we don’t HAVE to finish everything…we aren’t little kids with parents pushing us to eat! We CAN leave some….so simple, thanks again!

  8. The Healthy Apple said on December 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Great post! Gotta love those holiday tips!

  9. tehan said on December 13, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    you are doing a great job with this.