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Food & Fitness: Holiday Parties December 1, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.

Tiggers-R-UsWith the Holiday Season soon to be in full swing, here are a few tips to get you through the season without gaining unwanted pounds or undesired girth.


* At breakfast, skip the donut and grab a bowl of whole-grain cereal or oatmeal piled high with fruit.

* Instead of butter or cream cheese on your toast, or bagel use unsweetened fruit jam or low-fat cottage cheese.

* Put leftover veggies in the blender, purée, heat, and enjoy instant soup for a light lunch.  Or toss them together into a salad with light dressing.

* Have a low-calorie filling snack before the big feast so you don’t arrive ravenous and lose control.



* Indulging a little at parties, especially during the Holidays, can actually increase your motivation to become fit and fantastic.

* Put 20% fewer high calorie foods and 20% more fruits and vegetables on your plate ~ you probably won’t notice, but your scales will thank you in the morning!

* Eat healthier foods first ~ they’ll fill you up and you’ll be less likely to overindulge on the other tasty treats.

* Watch the alcohol which has almost  200 calories per ounce and slows down the metabolism.

* Too much alcohol impairs judgment ~ the more you drink, the more you are likely to eat.

* Serve yourself instead of allowing someone else to overfill your plate.

* Eat slow.  If you wolf down your food, and others are still eating, you’ll want seconds.  Instead, take a sip of water every bite or two to slow yourself down.

* Use a salad or dessert plate ~ the smaller the dish, the less food you’ll eat and the smaller you’ll be at the end of the season.

* Substitute cranberry sauce, loaded with anti-oxidants, for fatty high calorie gravy.

* Have just a few bites of dessert ~ the first bite always tastes best anyway.



* Exercise more to counter-balance the increased calories of party fare.

* Take a stroll after dinner ~ it will burn calories, relieve bloating, and prevent heartburn.

* Each time you go shopping, do a few laps around the mall before you begin to shop.

* Bring fruit to snack on and skip the food court.

* Be sure to step on the scale regularly and avoid devouring an entire fridge full of leftovers at one sitting.


What would you look like 10, 20, 30 pounds lighter? Give yourself a boost of inspiration with Creative Visualization.


1. Paula Tohline Calhoun - December 1, 2010

Let’s see now. After having lost about 100 lbs. over the past year or so, if I lost even 5 more pounds my Dr. would be quite upset – to say nothing about the fit Ashley would pitch! So, my visualization will center around learning to see myself as slim enough, instead of the eternally obese person I still see! 😦

Also, I’ve been thinking about throwing a Christmas party – perhaps a full 4-course meal for about 25 or so people. I’ve got the menu pretty well set. Since I have such a marvelous track record with this sort of thing, I’m sure it will be a breeze! 😀

(Do I have to say I’m joking?)

nrhatch - December 1, 2010

It’s funny how our perception of our external self does not always match our reflection in the mirror.

How exciting!!! Another Paula Party to hear about in the coming weeks. I’m sure that if you do NOT decide to switch phone service, or have surgery, or move to town, in the midst of your party prep that things will go just fine! 😉

2. Cindy - December 1, 2010

I’m sure the alcohol bit is a lie … I read somewhere that Merlot was essential for weight loss …

*heads off over to Paula’s to try and get an invite to the party*

nrhatch - December 1, 2010

The best diet I ever went on ~ the Happy Hour Diet. Having a “liquid dinner” every night caused the weight to melt away. 🙂

3. Patricia - December 1, 2010

I going to am not going to lose 10-20-30 pounds cause then my wrinkles would be more noticeable–the fat fills them out ya know. And I have decided I do not want to be a skinny old bird woman I prefer to be fluffy and comfy.

nrhatch - December 1, 2010

I love that no one commenting on this post has excess pounds they are carrying around. 🙂

I have a few pounds that are up for grabs though . . . let me know if you want to adopt them.

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5. Fit & Fine Forever - October 23, 2011

I have a few we can toss into the pot! I love the suggestions in this article and plan to focus on the people this holiday season instead of the food. Thanks!

nrhatch - October 23, 2011

I may toss a few more ideas into the mix. 😀

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