In the United States, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving the last Thursday in November. It's a time to fellowship with family, friends and loved ones and to express your gratitude. It's also a time to...stuff your face. The end of the year is a perfect set-up for weight gain and gastronomical slip-ups. There are countless holiday party invitations from friends, family, co-workers, church, civic groups, at the job and more. The food frenzy usually begins in October with loads of candy from Halloween and lasts until the new year. I have always been active my entire life. I remember doing VHS (I'm dating myself) exercise videos with my mother as a little girl in the living room. However, I've also always dealth with weight fluctuations. Wheter it was work stress, a break-up, busy schedule, or the holidays...I've dealt with seeing my weight fluctuate. As an adult in her mid 30s, I have become more mindful of the way I eat every day, but especially during the holiday season. I have to. There's really no excuse to not be mindful. Holiday parties aren't going away. Temptation is never going away. Co-workers bringing their famous (insert dessert name here) are not going to stop. So the best way to avoid holiday weight gain is to be proactive. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So here are 10 ways in which you can avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain from WebMD. Article link http://www.webmd.com/diet/10-ways-to-avoid-holiday-weight-gain
1. Never Arrive Hungry - Simply put, eat before you leave the house. A good mix of protein, veggies and a healthy carb.
2. Divert Your Attention - There's more than food at the holiday party. Get on the dance floor and bust a move!
3. Pace Yourself - Chew your food slowly. Where's the fire?
4. Count Your Canapes - Watch those small hors d'oeuvres you keep popping in your mouth. Those calories add up.
5. Watch the Buffet - Use a small plate and fill it with fruits, veggies and protein.
6. Limit Alcohol - I know this is supposed to be the fun part of the party, but alcohol has a lot of empty calories. Sip on "one" drink and have water the rest of the time.
7. Be Choosy About Sweets - Pick up one maybe two small sweets...and then leave the dessert table alone.
8. Bring Your Own Treats - Bring a low calorie dish to the party, that way you know there's at least something healthy you can choose from.
9. Limit Tasting While Cooking - Dip your spoon in and taste food you are cooking. You don't want to consume double calories.
10. Walk it Off - Go for a walk before and after eating. It's so easy to hit the sofa and pass out, but moving your body will help to burn some calories and put you in a mindset to not overeat.
Well there you have it. These are some great tips to avoid that holiday weight gain. Enjoying friends, family and food doesn't have to mean you compromise your health and all of the hard work you've done during the year. You don't have to wait until January 1st to jumpstart your health plan. You can start today, even in the middle of the holiday season.