Tip #47

 

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Focusing on one goal at a time is the most powerful way to achieve it. Taking on more than one goal at a time spreads your time and energy out, making it impossible to accomplish anything. If you have more than one goal on your mind, write them all down and then go after them one and a time until they are all completed.

There are many ways in which you can help to strike a balance between maintaining a healthy diet and joining in with the fun and festivities…..

Eat regularly: If you are going to a big party or dinner, don't starve yourself all day in anticipation. You're in danger of arriving there feeling ravenous and eating everything in sight. Instead, have some low-fat, healthy snacks throughout the day. By doing this, you'll be less likely to over-indulge while you’re out.

Prepare for outings: If you have some big nights out and meals planned over the Holiday season, try and compensate by having some healthy eating days leading up to the event. Many of us are only too keen to think that we may as well forget about healthy eating over the Holidays. However, it should not be a case of forgetting about your diet, but simply managing it a little more carefully over the Holidays.

Balance your meals out: Don't be tempted to fill up your plate with purely rich, calorie-laden food. Instead, have a little of everything including fruit and vegetables. This way, you'll still get to indulge as well as receive valuable nutrients and vitamins.

Moderate alcohol intake: Don't forget that alcohol is fattening too. That innocent-looking glass of sparkly wine or that small bottle of beer may look as though it will do no harm. However, alcohol contains calories and lots of them. Try and control the amount of alcohol you consume over the Holiday period and, in the same way as food, try not to over-indulge regularly. There are plenty of lower-calorie beers and wines available that can help, so opt for the healthier version whenever possible.

Be assertive: Don't feel as though you have to say yes to everyone that offers you food and drink. If you are not hungry, then simply say so. Do not let yourself be bullied into eating something that you really don't want.

Leave what you don't want: Despite what your parents may have drummed into you as a child, don't feel obliged to clear your plate. When you feel full, stop eating. Simple.

Be realistic: Don’t try to lose pounds during the Holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.

Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed: Savor your favorite Holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.

Be careful with beverages: Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.

If you overeat at one meal go light on the next: It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of pie!

Take the focus off food: Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a Holiday meal to the community, playing games or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.

 

— Jaime Brenkus Health Tip 47