How to Eat, Drink AND be Merry!

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The truth is, you CAN enjoy your favorite holiday foods along with a few glasses of wine without overdoing it. If you can stay on track 80% for the rest of this month, you’ll arrive in January with very few resolutions!

Check out this week’s video update below to open my bag of tricks when it comes to staying on track this time of year.

Rule #1

Never arrive at a gathering hungry!

That’s like going to the grocery store when you are hungry. Just plain disaster! Be sure to have a light meal or snack in the hours before your party or family gathering. You’ll be ready to eat again by the time the meal is served, yet you won’t be totally famished. We have a built-in system of survival that tells us to eat, eat, eat even after we have reached the point where the meal has sated appetite. If you sit down for a meal when you are hungry you are pretty much guaranteed to eat more than you need.

Now, this is also the time of year when indulging is expected and I vote: Go for it! The goal this time of year is to enjoy your favorites and don’t overdo it too much. Your body can handle some extra calories without fat gain, but it can’t handle double or triple the extra calories.

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 When I know that I want to indulge a bit at a gathering, I make a choice before I arrive. I know that my favorite things are alcohol, sweets and bread. If my diet has been pretty good, I’ll choose two of these three favs. I get into trouble the next day when I eat all three! That’s when I wake up feeling groggy and sluggish – and that’s not a great way to greet the day!

If on the other hand I have been indulging regularly, I will choose only one of the three. This way I don’t feel deprived, and I don’t end up feeling terrible the next day.

Remember, alcohol is a “super sugar” because it has 7 calories per gram as compared to 4 calories per gram in other carbohydrates like fruit, vegetables and grains. Pairing alcohol (sugar) with sweets (sugar) and bread (which breaks down into sugar!) is a great recipe for feeling yuck.

Check out this week’s video below for more thoughts on this!

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As always, I’d love to hear from you. How do you navigate holiday eating? Do you feel great this time of year? Or a bit bloated?? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

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