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Holiday Survival Guide

Posted by JCC Pittsburgh on June 18, 2015
  1. Trick the chef: Chew gum while cooking to avoid nibbling(many) calories while preparing food. Tasting for taste is one thing but eating half of the cookie dough before they hit the oven is another story!
  2. Rally the troops: Go for a walk with your aunts. Invite your cousin to the gym with you, or join the kids for a snowball fight- being active with family and friends is the best way to stay active and have quality time too.
  3. Party Patrol: Enjoy the people at the party and don’t linger by the food table. Ladies, carry a clutch-size purse or guys, carry your cell phone in one hand, which leaves just one hand available for that champagne glass. Free hands + buffet = holiday scarf-down.
  4. Snack smartly: Snacking if good, but not when it’s candy canes, red and gren m & ms and sugar cookies. Eat high-protein snacks like nuts, greek yogurt and fruit, or an apple with peanut butter 12-3 hours before a party of family dinner to avoid over-eating later on.
  5. Drink to excess: guzzle the lots and lots of water before each meal and you’ll consume 75-90 fewer calories and stay hydrated too. Research shows that drinking 2 cups of water before each meal lost an average of 4.5 pounds over those who didn’t.
  6. Be prepared: Traveling for the holidays? Pack your sneakers, a resistance band, and a jump rope and you’ve got all you need for a full-body workout. Go for a morning run and do a quick circuit- or if it’s too cold, hit the local gym.

Remember it really is just about moderation. Enjoy your holiday! We’ll worry about the resolutions in January!


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