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Christmas= Christmas cookies

People tend to gain a lot of weight over the winter holidays. Everyone watching and is pretty good about what they eat up until Thanksgiving, then it seems that not only do people start eating all the holiday treats but they also forget about exercising. I’m not saying that you should never eat another christmas cookie again but during this time of season we need to stay mindful not to eat an entire tube of cookie dough. Yo-yo dieting and gaining and losing weight in such a fashion is not only unhealthy but it is extremely hard on our bodies. And every year it is going to be that much harder to get those extra holiday pounds off. I have gathered a couple of tips that I have found to be beneficial for me while trying to fight off some of the holiday temptation.

1. Eat a small healthy meal before going to Christmas parties. I find this a great way to watch how much I munch at the parties because I already am somewhat full before entering so food isn’t the first thing on my mind.

2. Fill up your party plate once, then that’s all. Don’t every try to completely avoid things such as those delicious but oh so sinful peanut butter cookies. As soon as you tell yourself you can’t have something, you’ll be craving it all night. Try just to have one instead of ten!

3. Drinking tends to be a big part of people’s holiday spirit but keep in mind that that candy cane martini may have up to 750 calories in just one! Try to stick with your traditional gin and tonics or rum and cokes. Those special drinks usually aren’t worth those extra calories.

4. Try to stay active. I know with the holidays come too much stuff to do with too little time to do it but trust me, a little exercise will not only do your body good but it will also help you keep your mind  destressed when the in-laws come into town.

So many things drop of the priority list during the holiday season. Don’t let your body be one of them. This way you not have to make that New Years resolution to get back into shape. Staying in shape is easier to do then getting back into shape, trust me. I hope these little tips help you out during the rush of the holidays and I hope everyone enjoys their fiestas!

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Mindless Eating! Our Food ILLUSIONS!

Dr. Brian Wansink is a world-renowned food psychologist. He wrote a book called Mindless Eating that I believe everyone should read. So many people read his articles and believe that it doesn’t pertain to them and that they are fully aware of what they are eating and how much they are eating. The scary part… EVERYONE DOES IT. People are so caught up in the world around them that we do not realize the little things we do that have a huge impact on our diet.

10 Tips for Mindful Eating:

  1. Read food labels, know what you are eating, and what’s in it
  2. Buy smaller portions
  3. Repackage large portions into small containers
  4. Use smaller plates, bowls, utensils, glasses
  5. Plan to eat “seconds,” leave some food behind, especially at buffets
  6. Split restaurant entrees with friends (or yourself)
  7. Keep tempting foods out of sight and out of mind
  8. Pre-measure TV portions before sitting down for your favorite show
  9. Slow down, sit down, shut up
  10. Eat mindfully