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Put Down That Cookie: How to stay healthy & trim

26 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich
eat healthy, healthy eating, weight management, weight loss

If you are like me and many others this holiday season, it is easy to over eat and eat all of the most unhealthy foods. There are pies, cookies, chocolates, fudge, candy canes and the list could go on. You also do not want to offend anyone so you may indulge even when you had to unbutton those jeans half way through dinner. I, however, have tips that help me get through the holiday season without gaining weight and over indulging on sweets.

  • Stay hydrated - remember to drink eight glasses of water.

    "tips that help me get through the holiday season without gaining weight and over indulging on sweets."
    For example, alternate an alcoholic beverage with a glass of water.

  • Everything in moderation - do not go up for seconds, and eat one or two cookies, not five or six.

  • Pick wisely - choose hard candy over chocolates, pies and cookies because they do not have all the saturated fat.

  • Eat slow - this helps prevent overeating. Socializing and sipping water and coffee between bits helps you eat slower.

  • Healthy Appetizer - put out a vegetable tray for an appetizer this will fill you up so you cannot over indulge on all those sweets after dinner.

  • Bring a healthier dessert - examples include carrot cake, low-fat pudding and oatmeal cookies. Check out www.allrecipes.com for more options

Along with eating healthier, do not forget to workout. This may include taking a walking with family members, doing a few exercises before heading to a holiday party or, for those more motivated, going to the gym in the morning. Great exercises to do at home include squats, lunges, front planks for you abdominals, and push-ups.

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