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Do you want to avoid putting on too many extra pounds over the holidays?
Great – take time for some healthy habits this Christmas:

  1.  Evaluate your family traditions.  Could you alter them just a bit so they include healthier plans?  Would your holiday dinner be just as complete with one meat entrée instead of two?  One dessert instead of three?  And, do you need a huge feast on Christmas eve AND Christmas Day?
  2. If you can't give up your favorite foods, can you find a healthier say to prepare them?  Skim fat from eat juices before making gravy.  Use low-fat milk instead of cream or whole milk.  Saute vegetables in broth instead of butter.  Choose lower fat version of food like ice cream, cheese, sour cream and salad dressings.
  3. Plan some fun activities instead of centering the family gathering on food.  Is there a game the whole family could play, especially one that gets everyone up and out of their seats?  Go for a walk together to view all the pretty Christmas decorations in the neighborhood.  Some families go bowling or roller skating as part of their holiday traditions.
  4. Think thin thoughts.  Psychology plays a big role in how and when we eat.  To encourage a thinner mind-set keep tempting foods out of sight.  Weigh yourself weekly to chart progress.  Daily checks might discourage  you, because of normal day to day variation.  Do check yourself in a full-length mirror every day, and be honest about the good you see as well as what might remind you to take better car of your health.  Give yourself occasional non-food rewards for your healthy habits to reinforce your desire to keep up the good work.

If  you take time to develop some healthy holiday traditions there's no need to deal with holiday weight-gain blues – or to plan a crash diet for January 2.

posted on: 12/16/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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