It’s that time of year again—treats and temptations at every turn! Saying “No” all the time is no fun, but a cookie here and a few pieces of candy there can easily turn into half a bowl of cheese dip or an all-out splurge at a holiday party. I often advise my clients to carefully monitor portion size—it’s the best way to sample goodies, feel satisfied and not go so far overboard that your diet is sunk. But staying active is equally as important when it comes to staying fit and healthy over the holidays.
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In an ideal world, Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner would be a warm, festive experience, where everyone remains sober, no one brings up old family feuds, and children sit with their napkins in their laps and chew with their mouths closed. I wish this kind of Normal Rockwell holiday upon everyone and everyone I know…but I am betting that if you’re like most of us, Aunt Jane will drink too much wine, your kids will last all of 10 minutes before someone has a meltdown or breaks heirloom crystal, and your little sister will accuse you of ruining her life. (Again.)
Ughhh… you know the feeling. It was so delicious at the time, and now you’re paying for it. Or perhaps you have a “nervous stomach,” and any time you experience any sort of emotional anxiety, your tummy throws a full-out tantrum.
But stomach woes don’t have to rule your world. Here are 4 natural ways to keep indigestion at bay:
The winter holidays can seem like a fat trap for dieters. From Thanksgiving’s “eat all you can” celebration to the cookie exchanges to the mega-mall food court to the “try this” holiday party buffets, it’s one temptation after another. Think weight gain is inevitable? Not if you plan ahead!
It can be so easy to put off important things, like dieting. We come up with every possible excuse to start at a later date. And what better excuse than the upcoming holiday season to once again push back those plans to lose weight?
Break out the elastic waistbands – the holidays have arrived!
If you don’t want to be one of the millions who will gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, take heed of these helpful tips for surviving the barrage of parties, buffets and sweet temptations that await you this holiday season:
Q: I’m the “weird” healthy one of the family. How do I minimize imposing my dietary needs on family and friends during the holidays, especially as a guest in their house?
Brandon Marsh answers:
A: This is always a touchy subject. Discussing nutrition or diets is akin to talking politics or religion; everyone is passionate about their way of eating.
Since the holidays are commonly celebrated around a buffet of food, this time of year is particularly tricky for all of us “health nuts” trying not to offend our loved ones. But with this healthy holiday guest guide, you can have your quinoa stuffed squash and eat it, too!
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