What are your favorite tips to stay healthy over the holidays?

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This is a perfect time of year to drink natural flavored herbal tea. There are many teas that need no sugar, but still taste sweet. I like Ginger Peach, a herbal green tea made by Stash. But there are so many kinds it is easy for almost everyone to find one they enjoy. I fix a tall cup to sip on while I cook,  also a cup to enjoy as I remember to take time out to relax. No calories, helps to stay hydrated. 

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Here's how I stay  healthy:

1.  I plan ahead what I will eat.  I concentrate on what I WILL eat instead of what I CAN'T eat.  I make the traditional food for my friends and family who want them and make sure I have alternatives for me.  Picturing what I WILL eat helps me to eat intentionally.

2.  Stick to my exercise schedule.  Even though company, traveling, shopping and baking can throw my schedule off, as much as possible I go to my yoga classes and do my daily fast 1-hour walk in the woods.  If I can't do either, I carve out an hour to do yoga at home or find another place to walk.  It keeps me focused and creative.

3.  And if something comes up that deviates from that plan (someone brings a very favorite family dish or a great family event interferes with my walking schedule) I smile and give myself permission to deviate SLIGHTLY from my plan if it means I can be with my loved ones and share memories.

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Think how hard it is to  work off the extra calories 

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Don't buy them and then they are not tempting

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 In the evening in exchange for cake, or sweets. I cut up a med size granny Smith apple into small PC's, the more PC's trucks me into feeling I had enough by the end. I also will eat a third cup of raisins on an alternative night, naturally sweet and many in a 3rd cup. The last is a microwaved bed size sweet potatoes plan, again natural sugar. Hope these by help you as I have been able to not gain, and maintain satisfaction on feeding my sweet tooth every night. TERRY VAUGHN

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Find time to walk. Even if it is only 5 minutes...fresh air and a walk are healthy and invigorating. 

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I was a Girl Scout when a young girl and their motto is "be prepared".   As one with some food intolerances I live this way always, but especially during holidays, parties, etc.

 

Eat something "before" attending events....just something to take the edge off of your possible hunger.  Also, bring a dish to share that you know is healthy.  This way you have something that you know is "safe" and less caloric perhaps, than conventional treats.  Drink lots of water before and chose less caloric drinks when with others.  You don't have to deprive yourself, but these little things make it easier to make wise choices.   And wear something that makes you feel incredible that is perhaps just the right fit which will feel uncomfortable if you stuff yourself.   Most importantly, concentrate on just being with family and friends more than what there is to eat.  Now go out there and enjoy the holidays!

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Eat sparingly, work out and move as much as possible, sleep enough, don't overspend when shopping, and if you don't like these suggestions, go for broke and live it up!

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Great ideas....thanks for sharing.

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Well, this year, it's going to be different for us, 1/2 of our family went to California and the other half is in Nevada.

So, what to make?  My daughter hates cooking at the crack of dawn and I hate cooking because I've been cooking for the past 20 years in a private school for 200 kids a day.  I love the reviews from the kids but man, I'm retired!

So, we've decided to go to a buffet, yes, a buffet. Choices are endless.

Start walking around looking at all the items, telling yourself, not all will you slap on your plate, small, and small. Usually, I walk the whole perimeter, and looking at all the items, including desserts. 

When, I decide what I'm getting I put a small portion, my favorites hummus, pasta with vegetables, I do like collard greens, reminds me of spinach with a sting taste. So, I put that on my pasta. I build my plate so all foods intermingle with each other.  I get lots of spinach salad, with cranberry, green beans, carrots, and a tiny bit of potato salad.  My meat would be some kind of fish, not fried, on the fish, I put salsa or lots of lemon. If they have no fish, then I'll try the Mexican dish of beans and rice, and mix it with my spinach salad.  It's all about building and mixing.

Desserts, I love pies but eat no crusts. So, lately have been eating no sugar desserts but that doesn't mean you can eat more, it means Making a limit! Pick your favorite that you don't eat at home. If you deny yourself, you will go nuts!  Cakes, don't eat the icing, I know it's a killer, but try without. I don't eat ice cream, even a smiggeen because it clogs my system royally.

Soups- I always looks to see what in the ingredients, if it has lots of milk, and hardly any vegetables- pass it- on to the next.

Breads, pass it, you have that at home.  You might it eat more, than your limit.

When, deciding on your main entree- meat- look how it is prepared, then decide how to build it, not butter, not salt, yes, salad, vegetables. Or a little soup, not gravy, makes it interesting flavor.

Try new things but small. Enjoy!

 

 

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