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With the holidays right around the corner, your
calendar is probably already filling up with friendly
parties, formal dinners and family gatherings. All
of that celebrating can take a toll on the body. Many
people gain between one and five pounds during the
This wouldn t be so bad, except that most of us
won t lose that weight over the next year. By the time
we reach our 50s and beyond, the accumulation of
those holiday pounds can pose a significant health
risk. To help you enjoy this holiday season without
gaining extra weight, here are some tips:
1. Eat before attending events. Knowing that
you have a holiday party coming up in the evening,
you might think it s a good idea to eat less throughout
the day, but that s actually setting yourself up for an
overindulgence disaster. By eating healthy meals and
snacks throughout the day, you ll ensure a constant
supply of energy and reduce the likelihood of party-
time cravings and the associated bingeing.
2. Employ the "every-other" rule with alcohol.
Alcoholic drinks can contain 80 to 500+ calories per
serving and, what s worse, studies have shown that
drinking alcohol makes it likely you ll consume more
food calories as well. Try the "every-other" rule, which
requires you to drink a full glass of water between
every alcoholic beverage you consume.
3. Go green, and red and orange. At food events,
opt for more plant-based entrées; eg start with a large
salad with no meats, cheeses or creamy dressings.
4. Double down on exercise. If you already exer-
cise regularly, now is the time to ramp up your routine,
either by adding more minutes or by upping the inten-
sity. If you don t exercise, then start now ---rather
than waiting for January 1 to roll around! If you can t
dedicate a big chunk of time to exercise every day,
look for ways to work more activity into your normal
5. Rethink your holiday traditions. There s no
doubt that food and drink are important elements of
many holiday traditions, but should they be the central
elements of those traditions? Imagine a holiday season
that places more emphasis on the gathering and fel-
lowship among friends and family and less emphasis
on the meals and treats.
6. Start your day by setting your intentions.
This is a quick and easy strategy to implement, and
by doing it every day it becomes powerfully effective.
When you first wake up, before you do anything else,
take one or two minutes to set your healthy habit
intentions for the day.
7. Share your goals with family and friends.
One of the keys to behaviour change is building a
strong social network to support your healthy habits.
By telling others about your healthy holiday goals you
gain two advantages. First, you reduce or eliminate
potential obstacles. Second, by making your intentions
known to others, you add an important accountability
check against your actions.
By applying these tips, you can create and participate
in a holiday season that's festive, full of enjoyment,
and missing nothing but the extra pounds. (Rashelle
one and five
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