Dollarphotoclub_74428990Christmas is just around the corner! Are you feeling the christmas spirit yet? I am. The christmas movies on TV, Christmas songs on the radio, Santa in the malls, festive lights everywhere, people shopping, company parties, etc. It truly is a wonderful time of the year to be able to feel the joy in people’s heart.

We have all the good emotions but what about the gringing feeling of christmas parties and dinners. Lots of chocolates, alcohol, food, food and more food. Did I mention FOOD! I thought by mentioning FOOD it would bring awareness that the next few weeks leading to christmas is a time where people pack on the pounds FAST. It literally creeps up on you and before you know it your gut is hanging over your pants and your clothes are snugger….BUT it doesn’t have to be this way. THERE IS A WAY! I have the perfect solution for you!

Keep reading. I promise this is GOOD! It will save you the devastation of extra unwanted weight!

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1. NEVER ARRIVE HUNGRY!!!

Try to have a nutritious snack beforehand. If you do arrive hungry, drink some water to fill up before filling your plate.

2. Distract yourself!

There’s more to a holiday party than food. Don’t look at the party as just a food event. Enjoy your friends company or dancing. Focus on something other than food. Focus on a good conversations or play with the children.

3. Be mindful when you eat!
Chew more slowly and stay in the present. If you find this is difficult put your fork down between every bite. Before you know it, you would have eaten a lot less and stayed full longer.

4. Keep your portions small

Use the smallest plate available and don’t stack your food.  Fill your plate with as much greens as you can with some meat for protein and pick fresh fruits and vegetables. Watch out for sauces and dips.

5. Limit Alcohol
Avoid drinking too much alcohol at holiday parties. It’s not just about calories but about control. If you drink a lot you, won’t have as much control over what you eat.

6. Be selective with your Sweets
Limit your indulgences to small portions and only what looks appealing to you. You’re better off taking a small portion of a single dessert than piling your plate with several treats you plan to try.

7. Bring Your Own Treats
Whether you’re going to a friend’s party or an office potluck, consider bringing a low-calorie treat that you know you’ll enjoy. Bringing your own dessert will make the more fattening alternatives less tempting.

8. Walk It Off or Zumba it off!
Make a new holiday tradition: the family walk or the family Zumba dance!! Besides burning some extra calories, this will get everyone away from the food for awhile and enjoy each others company and SUPER FUN!!!

Interested in learning new ways on how to keep off the last 10lbs without gaining the weight over the holidays then I suggest you click on the link for an added BONUS on how to stay in control!  Click here

Committed to your health, fitness and well-being,

Michelle Soares

Transformational Life Coach

Personal Trainer

www.michellesoares.com

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