Pay Attention During the Holidays & You Won’t Gain a Pound.

Here’s a disturbing fact: According to a recent Weight Watchers report, the average American gains around 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Now I don’t know if I totally buy this fact, but just in case, here are a baker’s half dozen ideas of how to not be classified as average.

Starving Yourself is Sabotage: Don’t avoid eating all day because of an anticipated feast. Instead, nibble on a couple of small, healthful meals during the course of the day. You’ll have less desire to gorge yourself at night.

Adjust Portion Size: You don’t have to deprive yourself from sampling spectacular food. Take small portions of a variety of dishes and enjoy the tastes & textures- mindfully. Palate fatigue occurs quickly with rich foods; we’re usually not tuned into this fact and keep on eating…because the food is there.

Choose The Right Foods: Check out this interesting post by Rodale. It lists some festive foods to steer clear of to dodge depression.

Avoid Office Overeating: At this time of the year, offices are laden with cookies, candy, chocolates and other empty calorie temptations. Think twice before reaching into the cookie tin. Build a treat into your day as an exception, not the rule. Perhaps you can’t say no to Martha’s mom’s famous cookies- take one with a cup of coffee as your afternoon snack and savor the treat mindfully.

Contribute Consciously: Bring some spiced pecans or meringue based chocolate cookies for people to nibble on. Forego the fattening goodies; a small handful of pecans will fill you up nicely with a shot of protein as the bonus. Prevention’s ‘Chocolate Bliss Cookies’ are minimally diet damaging; sporting 25 calories, are gluten free and boast next to no fat per cookie. They do have sugar, so easy does it. I’ve adapted the recipe to use a third less sugar, and don’t miss it.

Evade the Eggnog: One cup of this holiday cheer is an investment of up to 350 calories, 19 g fat, and 22 g sugars. Choose your spirits carefully.

Sneak in Some Walking: A half hour of walking each day has a hugely positive effect on your health. Squeezing walks into a busy schedule can be done, if you’re mindful of your intentions. Strap hangers, get off the train one or two stops before your usual exit and add a quarter to a half mile walk to or from your way to work. Suburbanites, walk the ½ mile to a store instead of driving. We can all sneak in a walk around the block after dinner; not only does that aide in digestion but sleep will be a bit sweeter, too.

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