Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Keep your calories in check!

It's time for good food and cheer with family and friends!

Hope your holidays are Merry and Bright!

It is that time of year we put aside our crazy schedules to be with friends and family.  With that, brings us many festive holiday treats, appetizers and cocktails.   This is the toughest time of year to keep our calories in line, avoiding the overindulging that can cause a bit more "spare tire" around the middle or making our jeans a bit tighter around the hips.

Make this holiday about making new acquaintances.  Asking what is new and wonderful with the people you are with.  Find out about their favorite vacation or holiday tradition.   Don't let the food take over the meaning of the holiday.

Here are a few helpful hints to make it through your festivities without sabotaging your diet.  
  • Work out extra hard the week before adding an extra 15 minutes of cardio.
  • Juice Veggies and/or Blend Smoothies at least once a day the week before, or day of big occasion.
  • Eat something light and healthy before attending events so you aren't starving when you arrive.
  • Drink lots of water before and during the event.
  • Bring a healthy appetizer of your own to share, or to eat if no other healthy options are there.
  • Try not to binge, but don't deprive.
  • Make better choices, cheese with apple or fruit is better than cheese with crackers.
  • Stay away from the endless dessert or cookie trays.
  • Try not to socialize around the food tables, move to a different area.
  • Use only a small plate and don't fill it up.
  • Stick with veggie and hummus type dips instead of chips and sour cream dips.
  • Chew gum when baking at home so not to taste test too much.
  • Chew gum at party to keep from overeating.
  • Choose red wine, or Vodka with Seltzer and lime, over cocktail mixes with lots of sugar and calories. 
 If you fall off the wagon:
  • Don't let the overindulgence turn into a bad day.
  • Hang in there, worse things can happen.
  • Never beat yourself up, just pick up and start fresh!
  • Juice the next day to semi-cleanse.
  • Get back on the wagon at extra speed!!!
And by all means, please have a wonderful safe holiday and a Happy New Year!