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How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain!

So the eating frenzy has begun, one Halloween candy here, one Christmas cookie there, the return of pumpkin and gingerbread lattes, it’s the curse of the holidays. From office parties to gift boxes with more treats, we are surrounded by mindless eating just because its there.

We just eat, I mean do you really want to be caught eating this:

eating spinach

When you are surrounded by this:cookie plate

Here are my 7 survival tips:

Eat a wholesome breakfast such as oatmeal with walnuts and blueberries, egg white omelet with tons of veggies, plain Greek yogurt with fruit. You skip this; I guarantee you will eat the whole house by the end of the day!

Pack some healthy snacks such as fresh cut veggies, raw unsalted nuts, low fat cheese sticks, apples, hummus with carrot or celery sticks. This way you prevent reaching starvation mode and on to see food eat food mode.

Create your eating game plan. Find out who is catering the office party, find out if you can look at the menu in advance and plan your eats accordingly! Fill your plate with fresh fruits and veggies, quality protein from fish, chicken or nuts and seeds.

Do not starve all day to save on calories. This may backfire! You will eat and drink too much, and your body will be more likely to hold on to everything you consume. It’s the body’s survival mechanism kicking in.

Avoid socializing right next to the food table. You will end up completing each sentence with a piece of food in your mouth. We will graze if its inches away form our fingers.

Hydrate with water not alcohol—enough said about that!

Be mindful of what is entering your mouth. Not hand to mouth as quickly as possible. Create an eating space where you can engage in wholesome conversation with someone you really care about. This is the time to celebrate life, family and friends! Food is secondary not the main event.

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