How to stay slim during the holidays

Holiday weight gain is a vicious circle

Holidays mean company, gifts, awesome food, and finally 3 to 5 pounds more on the scale. By New Year’s Eve, with three holidays within 36 days the pounds add up to 9 to 15, which is a full clothing size, i.e. nothing will fit right anymore. New Year’s resolutions to loose weight and exercise more are made, which stresses you out leading to further pounds on the scale. A vicious circle! Don’t even go there.

Did you know that 9-15 lb make one dress size difference? #health Click To Tweet
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How to not gain weight at your mom’s house

  • Drink a glass of water before the meal. It makes you feel full earlier.
  • Go for the white turkey, mashed potatoes, beans, raw cranberries, and skip the gravy, marshmallow sweet potatoes and filling. Gravy and filling are a lot of starch, crabs and fat. the marshmallows have pulled a lot of the nutrients of the otherwise healthy sweet potatoes and are high in calories.
  • Go for the lowest calories dessert. For the same size of the slice pumpkin pie has the least calories followed by raspberry Linzer Torte, apple pie, mince meat pie, chocolate mouse, and pecan pie. If you absolutely have to have the pecan pie, share it with someone.
  • Chew slowly and don’t go for seconds.
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How not to gain weight at the office cocktail party

The office holiday party is also a calorie bomb. Company, chatting, and not paying attention to how much you eat and what you eat work hand in hand. These small plates are a big trap and make you eat more than you want. Thus, going for the low calorie food is a good strategy and going either for a drink or a dessert is another helpful one.

  • Go for the tomato bruschetta, meatballs that are not bathed in gravy, shrimps that are not fried, vegetables (without dipping them), melon cubes, strawberries, and mozzarella, provolone, Swiss cheese cubes. Stay away from pigs in a blanket, spinach artichoke dip, crab cakes, meatballs with gravy, fried chicken, wraps, cheddar cheese cubes, and egg rolls. The latter are all high on fat.
  • If you have to have a drink, choose a vodka soda, champagne or Mojito over a gin tonic, margarita, beer or pineacolada.
  • Regarding the desserts see tips above.
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How not to gain weight eating at the mall while gift shopping

When the hunger strikes while shopping for gifts at the mall be aware of the calorie traps. Use these tips to make intelligent choices. Sometimes choosing one over the other can save hundreds of calories.

  • Take a minute and study the calories listed behind the items if you are lucky to live in a state where they have to list them.
  • Go for oven-roasted chicken instead of fried or orange chicken.
  • If you go for a salad, leave the croutons on the side. Go for low fat balsamic vinaigrette instead of blue cheese or Caesar dressing. Doing so may save over 150 calories. Go for grilled chicken instead of fried chicken. Be aware that cheese adds a lot of calories. If you can choose, skip it or go for Swiss, mozzarella or provolone. Tip: Goat cheese is the lowest in calories.
  • Skip the butter when you have a pretzel.
  • Stay away from cinnamon rolls, bagels, wraps and burritos. They are loaded with calories from fat or sugar or both.
  • When going for Italian food choose Mariana sauce instead of anything Alfredo as the latter has a lot of fat from the cheese.
  • Go for a plain coffee instead of a latte.
Navigate the calorie traps when eating at the mall. #health #weight Click To Tweet
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Trick yourself in not wanting that food

Ask yourself whether that item is worth that you have to give up wearing your favorite dress, skirt, … (fill in the item).

Pro tip:

Be aware that light only means it has just 50% less calories than their usual product. It still can be a calorie bomb in disguise. 🙁

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What do you do to keep off the weight during the holidays or generally during menopause? Let me know your biggest challenges, so I can help you.

Have a nice holiday season! 🙂

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