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At this time of year many of us are thinking about how we can avoid that nasty “five pound” weight gain that the Experts talk about. Believe me this is not necessary, in fact you can maintain your weight during the holidays very easily.

The time up to Christmas and between Christmas and New Year's is a wonderful time for getting together with family and friends.  However, it is also a dreaded time in so many people’s minds and often times many of us just give up to those extra “five pounds” and say “Who Cares I Will Lose It in the New Year“. Rather than making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, why not make a Pre New Year's Resolution not to put any on.

Here are some suggestions:
- Make sure you get a good night's sleep the night before a party. Sleepless nights are directly linked to an increase in the body’s production of a hormone called Ghrelin, which is a hunger hormone.
- Keep up your exercise program, and in fact, exercise in the morning before any holiday dinners or parties.
- Drink plenty of water; make sure you drink an 8oz glass of water before a big meal. Also, drink water in between an alcoholic beverage.
- Find healthier recipes for holiday parties with tasty substitutes for high fat ingredients.
Fill half of your plate with healthy veggies.
- Bring a healthy dish to a party that is tasty and that everyone will enjoy. It will be easier for you to eat wisely when you have support.
- When getting ready for a party, usually we tell ourselves if we starve ourselves all day we can eat more later that night, but actually, it is important to eat every 3 to 4 hours, at the same time of day if possible, it lowers insulin, causing less cravings and less body fat.
- If you want to lose weight do not eat 3 hours before bedtime. So for example if you go to sleep at 11:00 p.m. your last meal or snack should be at 8:00 p.m.

You do not need to deprive yourself of enjoying the wonderful food during the Holiday Season just remember to make those healthy choices and keep at the back of your mind that in The New Year you may want to lose 10 lbs. but not 15 lbs. by putting 5 lbs. on during the Holidays.




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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 12, 2013
    • Good info!  I noticed with myself that even though I curbed much of my holiday eating, it is the lack of being outdoors regularly that puts my weight on, so the boring treadmill and walking up and down stairs will be my only hope right now.



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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 13, 2013
    • I had several potlucks to go to this holiday season.  I took yummy veggie dishes to all of them instead of the calorie loaded stuff I would have years ago.  Makes it easier to eat right at those sort of things.



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      Leslie Traill wrote Jan 13, 2013
    • Would love to have some great receipes for veggie dishes to pass onto my clients...interested in sharing?



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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 13, 2013
    • I do anything really out of the ordinary, basic coleslaw and that salad with califlower and broccoli and sunflower seeds and raisins.  

      Years ago I used to dice some apples, drain a can of pineapple tidbits and mix them together with a couple spoonsful of yogurt for dressing.  It’s good but I got tired of it after awhile.

      There’s always the basic three bean salad and you can change that to suit your taste with whatever kind of beans you like and whatever spices are commonly eaten in your area.  I like black beans, garbanzos, and green beans with a can of green chilis throw in.



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      Leslie Traill wrote Jan 13, 2013
    • Thank you there are some great receipes in Tosca Renos CleanEating Cookbook...



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