$150 Giveaway - Share your Healthy Holiday Tips - CLOSED

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As many of you know two years ago I started a challenge called the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge and this year we have grown to over 230 participants (sign up if you haven’t!) My goal was to tap in to that inner competitor and provide everyone with a little extra incentive to not be one of the millions who gain 9lbs over the holiday months.

MY TRICKS
Having kept off 35lbs for about 6 years now, learning to manage holiday season has been highly important! So here are some of my tricks for enjoying the season and maintaining my weight loss.

#1 Family Action: It’s easy to just sit chatting away the day, but I have found the most amazing bonding happens when we all get out and move. Sometimes that means finding a local gym that’s open to shoot some really bad baskets or even just taking a walk to enjoy the fall colors.

#2 Indulge: That’s right it’s the holidays and you deserve to enjoy yourself! Think like a French woman and choose to eat only the things that are going to make your mouth sing, ignore all the other unworthy treats and savor the best.

#3 Slow it down: I don’t know about your family, but I know it takes about 10 times as long for the meal to be prepared as it does for it to be Hoovered down by the gang. It’s easy to get caught up in conversation and not even enjoy the meal you’ve been so looking forward to…try to put your fork down between bites so you know you aren’t eating too fast, which of course leads to seconds…ok thirds if your are talking about stuffing in my case.

Enough about me…I have heard many of your tips over the years and know they are fantastic. So share one of your tips for a chance to win a $150 Visa Gift Card from BlogHer and The Daily Does of Well-Being!! Entries accepted 11/15-12/5

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154 comments:

Lisa Eirene said...

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Lisa Eirene said...

My tip is to continue your exercise program.

Just because it's the holidays doesn't mean I can just quit working out and eat all the time. If my gym is closed, I run outside. Luckily my gym is open this year on the holidays (for a few hours anyway) so I plan on getting up early to fit it in before the festivities!

proudpatriot07 said...

My tip is not to deprive yourself of the foods you want, but just eat a little of them. The holidays only come once a year and if you deprive yourself, you might binge later. Portion control is everything :)

Amy Lauren
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Mami2jcn said...

This Thanksgiving I’m planning on keeping a food diary and making sure I don’t go over on calories.

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The International Loser said...

For the holidays I don't deprive myself, I just cut back on the portions. Also I try to incorporate walks into pre-post eating times, it is great to walk around with family and we are away from the food!
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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

Drinking lots of water and eating slowly both keep me feeling full :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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canyoncairns said...

You don't need to try everything! Save the calories for the really good food!

Also, getting out to run or walk can be great for working off the stress & cals from the holidays.

Alisa said...

For me it is all about never being hungry. If I know I'm going to indulge a lot later, I pack in the fruits and veggies for my early meals to keep me satiated and make sure that day is well balanced too.

Stephanie Anne said...

My holiday tip is to alternate cocktails at parties with seltzer, diet soda, or water. Then you wont be tipsy and make a bad food decision or take in too many alcohol calories. Although if you need the booze to get through a tough family day, then skimp on dessert lol

Kimberly said...

My tip is to remember that it is unlikely that you'll never get to eat these foods again. Have a taste and move on. There's no need to eat the entire plate as if it will never be made again.

Laurie said...

I try to drink lots of water. If I'm going to be getting extra calories with lots of yummy foods I don't need to be loading up on high calorie drinks too. Also, chewing gum helps me to not snack too much.

Julie said...

My tip is to not rationalize everything. I am the queen of rationalization. Just because I ran doesn't mean I can eat 2 pieces of pecan pie.

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

My tip is not to "waste" calories on food that you don't really like. Save the calories for those once a year treats that you don't normally get to enjoy!

myverbalvomit said...

Still get your workout in, and indulge in one of your favorite things at every party. THat way you won't go overboard.

Meghann said...

I train for races during the holidays. It keeps me focus because I don't want to over indulge and feel like crap on my training runs. I also made a vow a long ime ago to only indulge where it counts. If it's store bought I don't touch it, but it's homemade with love I'll have a bite.

Caroline - Wanna Be Iron Mommy said...

My tip is to find a Turkey Trot to run in on Thanksgiving day (I'm hoping to do a 10k if my knee will let me)
And there are usually other holiday themed 5ks throughout the season. Many of them also have kids fun runs as part of the planned activities. That way you can get the entire family involved.
Finally, park far away. Instead of spending time hunting for the closest parking spot, take the furthest one. The extra steps won't hurt you!

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Dee said...

My tip: If you know you will be going to an event that will be serving tempting and calorie-laden food, fix yourself a healthy mean or snack before you leave home. If you are not starving you are less likely to fill up on all the diet-killers at the party.

Zaneta said...

I like to drink extra water around the holidays and still go to bed a little earlier...

Kayla said...

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Kayla said...

My tip is portion sizes. If you REALLY want some of everything, you can have it, but just have a little bit of it. Also, give your self small rewards when you get a good workout in. Tell yourself that if you work out x amount of minutes or run so far you can have that treat that you want later (just so long as you don't overdo it with the treats)

fancy nancy said...

My tip is to keep moving! I enlist all the family if that's what it takes. My workouts may look different during the holidays (playing in the snow, running around the yard, or squeezing my workouts where they fit) but I don't stop moving. Also I don't let the holidays be an excuse to gorge...portion control people!

Jill said...

I have to remember that eating 30 holiday cookies are not the way to fast racing times. If you can find a race to focus on right after the holidays, it helps keeping away from the cookie jar!

Katie A. said...

Love this! Such good ideas!
Portions can grow at the holidays, but they don't have to. I sample everything, and try to keep it all one plate.
I also don't stop moving. I don't skip a workout just because I might miss something. Make your plans around your workouts and you will def keep the pounds off!
Thanks for the great give away!

Jeri said...

I like to make sure that I'm still making fitness a priority during the holidays so it's not a big deal if I spurge on once a year snacks and goodies. Plus working out gives me the energy to deal w/my family all holiday long. :p

Jeri said...

And I linked this to my bloggy. :)

hebba said...

This weekend, I am doing a Turkey Trot with my dad, and going to the (Pre) Thanksgiving parade with my neice and nephew who I've promised we can walk to the toy store afterward (a good mile each way). On Thanksgiving, another TUrkey Trot fundraiser in the morning and the after dinner walk with my parents. And around Xmas? Walking to look at the lights and playing outside with the neices and nephews. (I'm happy they are growing up active)

My Running Ambition said...

My Tip is everything in moderation :) It's the Holidays, you have to enjoy every bite, just not every last bite! Love your blog!

I re-tweeted your post!

lilmeg said...

My tip is to get my exercise in before I'm too awake to decide not to. It's hard to roll out of bed, but it's harder to convince myself to get to the gym after work (especially now that it is dark so early!). If I don't have a chance to think about it, I'm good to go and feel ready for the day!

Lori said...

Don't continue over eating because you "blew it". Realize you had a splurge and move on.

J said...

During the holidays, especially at Christmas, I try to go skiing or snowshoeing with my family. That way we are outside enjoying the snow and also spending time together and not just sitting around.

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Laura said...

I just don't deviate too much from my routine...specifically on the exercise front. It makes me feel good in the non-holiday season so why wouldn't I continue doing it?
I also do a local 10 mile race on Boxing Day which is a blast and saves me from going nuts with any Christmas dinners.

Alicia at Poise in Parma said...

I agree with Lisa: consistency in your workout plan is the key. The years that I kept going to the gym no matter what was going on were the years I LOST weight during the holidays! It is possible!

Alicia at Poise in Parma said...

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Elina said...

The holidays are really tough for me. I actually gained weight last year and still haven't lost it... in fact gained some over the year. "Stop at the point of fullness" is something I'm working on every day and will become even more important over the coming months given all the treats everywhere. It's ok to indulge but "indulging" to the point of sickness is taking the joy out of it.

Molly said...

I'm a planner. I have shopping lists, cleaning lists, and workout lists. If I fit it into my calendar, I'll do it!

bethspivey said...

my trick is to have an accountability partner. my husband and I keep each other in check. plus, I hop on the scale frequently.

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Suzi said...

Sign up for a Turkey Trot or other holiday races. Not only will you get in a good sweat before chowing down later that day, but you will also be more inclined to keep up with training so you don't die out there on the course!

Katie said...

My trick it to add some sessions with a trainer in during the holidays. This changes up my routine and gives me someone to be accountable to. Plus, paying for the sessions means I'm not going to blow off a workout!

Katie said...

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Journey2Goal said...

My tip is to get into a workout routine prior to the holidays, then you are already "in the groove" and you don't have to find the motivation while you are busy shopping, holiday parties, etc.!

Jen said...

Exercising isn't my problem. Eating the treats IS. My tip is the 3 bite rule. The first bite is to see if I like it, the 2nd is to taste it again and enjoy it and the 3rd is the last. If I could follow this will all the desserts around the holidays, I think I wouldn't feel deprived but wouldn't over do it either! Drinking lots of water and making sure I'm not starving before a party helps too.

Nitmos said...

Simple: Don't bring the bad food into the house. the victory starts at the grocery store check-out line.

teacherwoman said...

If we don't get to do a Turkey Trot, my sister and Dad and I usually go out for a 3 miler or so before Turkey Dinner... ahhh.

Would love to win that giftcard!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I know I commented on this yesterday...a great comment about drinking water and my three bites theory...I am linking you today, life got in the way yesterday.

Let me know if I am having a brain malfunction..I am a "year" older now!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I linked you and the giveaway on FB.

April said...

Along with the holidays come a bunch of holiday parties. This is where I used to over indulge. It's so tempting to want to try all the treats at a party when you are famished. Now, I eat a healthy meal before I go to a party; I can think clearly and choose more wisely when I'm at the party with a full tummy.:)

marathonmaiden said...

my tip is to carve out ME time.

marathonmaiden said...

i fb'd too :)

Teamarcia said...

My tip is to walk around and mingle a ton at parties so you're not stuffing your face instead.

Teamarcia said...

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Samantha said...

Get the family involved in workouts! Nothing says holiday's like family and it's always more fun working out with others. Take a class together or go for a run. There are always fun themed races around the holidays. Instead of worrying about racing, get the whole family together for the walk/run and enjoy it together! Then after you are done you can enjoy a nice meal :)

My Life and Running said...

If you're going to go for a treat, only go for the homemade, "special" treats. Don't waste your calories on generic, store-bought cookies. Wait for ooey-gooey from scratch ones someone will surely bring to work or gift you!

Jenny said...

my tip = EAT BREAKFAST!!!!! I used to get in to a bad habit of not eating anything before a holiday meal and "saving my calories for later". Well, by the time dinner rolled around I was STARVING and would gorge myself with whatever was available! A healthy breakfast is CRUCIAL!!!!!

breakingthemoldindsm said...

I eat on a smaller plate! I love EVERYTHING, so that way I eat tastes instead of scarfing down normal portions of everything!

Ashley said...

My tip is to Run/Walk a race on Thanksgiving or a Holiday event in December. Stay Active!

Ashley said...

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Ashby Family said...

eat BEFORE you go to parties. That way you are not starving and eat an entire plate of pigs in a blanket. (I've never done that. I swear. really.[shifty eyes])
You control your healthy food and only taste the goodies instead of stuffing your pie hole with things that will make your run suck later.

The Jesse said...

my tip is to indulge in moderation and make the time to exercise and stay on track!
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madeline said...

My tip is to drink at least one glass of water while you eat your meal. Hydration is healthy for our digestion and also our skin, and it will help slow down your eating so you'll take more time to enjoy your food and notice when you're full!

Badgergirl said...

I think the key is moderation.

It's the holidays. Indulge a little, but don't go overboard. In effort to not go overboard, try not to go to a gathering when you're starving. Have a small, healthy snack before you leave. You won't be as hungry and won't be as likely to try a dozen different types of holiday cookies.

Eileen said...

Love the name of your group!

I have physical limitations AND low blood sugar so I have to be careful by eating small meals. THIS is so important for EVERYONE when holidays come around, so as not to starve yourself all day so you can pig out and go into a feeding frenzy at the holiday table. (This is key for anyone, not just those with Blood sugar issues.) Planning ahead is important…eat something controlled BEFORE you go to that buffet table! I can add a good 5 lbs. Christmas week alone. I can blame it on Mom’s award winning stuffing, but I think it is MY “stuffing” that is the problem! This year I will not be the crying piggy,…I will enjoy being the “laughing cow”!

(mammablestx6)

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janruns said...

On Thanksgiving Day my family started a tradition of running in a Thanksgiving Road Race (pre meal). Since I do most of the cooking I always make sure there are enough "choices" to eat.

k said...

I let myself enjoy homemade goodies, but stay away from the store bought stuff (except whole food stuffing - yum!).

Sonya said...

My tip is to find a Turkey Trot! I am travelling for Thanksgiving and I am running in the local Turkey Trot.

Jaime said...

do some sort of activity every single day

rushartist said...

My trick is that just because it's a holiday food doesn't mean it has to be in my house. Cookies, why? Pies, no thank you. If I make them for occasions I make sure to sent the leftovers with someone or leave them with the host. Not having the bad food around helps me not eat it. :-) Plus, not feeling the need to make it leaves extra free time to spend with my kids.

vwestermeyer said...

Keep your food diary going

JenniferLeah said...

Stay well hydrated! Being properly hydated can keep you feeling satisfied since it is at times difficult to tell if you are really hungry or just thristy.

Eat BEFORE you head to that big party! Have a small, healthy meal before you go so you are not starving. This will help out of control eating.

Eat every couple of hours-it keeps your metabolism humming and keeps your blood sugar stable. Keep healthy snacks on hand or a healthy bar (like a Lara Bar or such) in your purse.

Know before hand what you will order when dining out. Visit the web page of the restaurant if available and make your choice based on the nutritional info. If you KNOW that the slice of raspberry cheesecake is an extra 800 calories you many decide to SHARE instead of scarfing the whole thing yourself :)

Don't let one bad decision derail an entire day. Move on. Think of it this way: if you get a flat tire you don't go out and pop the other 3 right? No. You fix the one that is broken and MOVE FORWARD!

Don't deprive yourself-if there is something special you want to have, just budget it into your day.

Happy Holidays :D

Mara said...

Wake up early to exercise ... get 'er done ... before the excitement and indulgences of the day that sidetrack you.

marie said...

Try to get in some movement every day, even if it's just a walk around the block. Something is always better than nothing!

Heidi said...

My tip is to focus on getting in short workouts. Time is tight over the holidays, so sometimes it's easier to get in a 20 min. workout or run than a longer one.

Tyler said...

Keep track of what you eat in a food journal. I tend to make much better food choices when I know what I've eaten.

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Nicole said...

This year I'm hosting a vegan Thanksgiving in the hopes that a meal higher on the veggies will be easier on my waistline.

heather said...

I don't drink as much water when the weather turns cold so I sip herbal tea all day. It keeps me hydrated and warm without caffeine.

I indulge a little. If there are some yummy desserts I'll have some because I know that if I deprive myself I'll just gorge on something much less enticing later.

susan1215 said...

I keep my exercise routine on track and allow myself to have a little bit of the goodies during the holidays

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cookeatburn said...

My tip would be to make sure you are still getting enough sleep over the Holidays. It not only helps your body, but it will help keep your energy levels up without as much caffeine (anyone else need to drink soda on the road to stay awake?) and keep you happy when you're with family (or at least for me - the more tired I am the more snappy I become).

-Kristie

Beth said...

I try to eat super healthy before the big meal/event and then indulge in whatever looks delicious and special. I don't waste precious belly space on cheese and crackers or ordinary foods that I can have all the time

Katy said...

1. Drink lots of water
2. Eat an apple before heading to a party or gathering
3. Pick one or two amazing treats and leave the rest behind

gmissycat said...

I eat what I want but I drink lots of water which helps me to cleanse and makes me feel fuller.

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Angel Jacklyn said...

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Libby's Library said...

My tip is to enjoy the holidays...but exercise just a bit more, and drink a little more water:-) Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

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marybug2 said...

I think I am going to enjoy everything on the Holiday and then work hard, run a lot and pay for the joy of the holiday.
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nape said...

As a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, I make myself show up each week at a meeting for a weigh-in. Those holiday treats aren't nearly as tempting when I know I'll meet the scale in a few days.

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BigHappyFamily said...

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BigHappyFamily said...

Tip ... get the exercise done before the kids wake up, then it can't be "forgotten" ... and you end up with more energy than sleeping in.

elizabeth said...

Getting involved in food prep, and talking with everyone around the table are the best! Fulfilling conversation and fun without making food the number one focus.

When it comes time for dinner, though, I take the smallest sized plate that I can at first, and try a little of everything I want to try, and then I can go back and get more of anything I really love! This works great for me, because it gives me a chance to pause and evaluate how much I really want something before I go and get more. It's also important, though, that I do take more if I want it, and don't deprive myself of holiday specialties!

Kerry said...

I try to not deprive myself of anything, otherwise I will eventually cave and really overdue it!
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Cathy W said...

Tip: Eat slowly and drink plenty of water.
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Tabathia said...

I don't eat after 8 pm and only one dessert every two days and walk daily
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Caratunk Girl said...

Love your giveaways!! My tip is to concentrate on small portions - so I don't deprive myself of anything, but I try to keep it moderate.

Caratunk Girl said...

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Jayne Martin said...

Cut out white food -- bread, cookies, chips, crackers, rice, white potatoes, etc. etc. It's amazing how fast the pounds drop off when you just cut out all the junk and start eating consciously.

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Jayne Martin said...

Tweeted.

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The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I am starting a Fit Club to have all my friends join in with me!

laurenruns said...

My tip is to do a little something in exercise each day! Even a 3 minute strength work is better than nothing.

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Texas Type A Mom said...

My tip is to take a few bites of something so that you're not tempted to overindulge later and blow your diet.
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Ashby Family said...

My holiday guidance is to indulge! Just watch the serving sizes. Make the servings SMALL and keep the exercise going. Actually, I find it a little easier with the husband off work, I can go any time of the day!

Meg T said...

Eat a little bit of everything, but don't go overboard. Enjoy that small piece of pie and savor it.

Kirstie said...

Go sledding! It doesn't seem like exercise but it is especially if the hills are huge. I wore my HRM last year when sleddding because I wanted to see what kind of workout I would get climbing several steep hills repeatedly in over a foot of snow. Total body workout with lots of winter fun!!!

sodahoney said...

As a health nut easy to follow, genuine advice, Sleep, regular healthy eating, hydrate, and exercise. Those are the main keys to a healthy life.

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Jogging with Fiction said...

my advice is to prioritize exercise. When I know I HAVE to do it, it's easier for me to make time. I also find that if I exercise early in the morning when I really have nothing else to do, but sleep, it gives me a better start to my day.

won said...

I like the slow it down tip.

I try to eat more often and smaller portions. I aim for six small 'meals' a day. Better for the metabolism and for being on top of the urge to pig out.

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Heidi said...

Exercise the day of and the day after a holiday. It may be Christmas Day, but if you get your sweat on you will feel empowered, not be as easily tempted, feel good about yourself ... or at the very least will have earned the right to a little indulgence.

Indi said...

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Indi said...

portion control is probably one of the biggest things I try to do during holidays. Its easy to eat more than you need and then be totally stuffed. enjoy..but in moderation!

Kate said...

I tweeted!!

Heather said...

My tip is not to waste "holiday calories" on crud during the week. I like be extra careful during the week so I can afford to splurge a little on the weekends.

LindsLovesMiles said...

My tip is just to continue eating your normal, healthy diet and indulge but in moderation. And go easy on the alcohol of course!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

My tip is to exercise every day, choose my indulgences, and stay hydrated. I also eat a healthy, home-cooked meal BEFORE going to a holiday party!

Kate said...

My biggest holiday tip is to remember that a little splurge doesn't make or break your entire nutrition plan. I'm a big "all or nothing" kind of person so if I indulge for one meal or for one day, it usually throws me into thinking "well i already blew it, might as well keep going!" rather than allowing a small splurge to be part of my game plan.

Elizabeth said...

I have a tendency to over eat. I have learned over the past few years to not buy it. No crackers, chips, cookies, etc in the house. If I do buy them, I eat the whole bag/box. The holidays tend to be more hard but if I know I have a party at night I will be really good at breakfast and lunch.

I just started packing snacks for the middle of the day. This has really helped my overeating at lunch and dinner--I am not famished and don't feel the need to eat everything insight.

Cooking Light is my fav cooking magazine. When I bake--its from here. I don't feel as guilty. And they all taste amazing!!

And one last thing-we've all heard it-but shop the outside of the grocery store. Everything in the middle is processed. If you skip it, you won't buy it and you won't eat it.

NJ said...

My biggest tip is to keep some semblence of an exercise routine while remaining a bit flexible. Even if all you can do is a few floor exercises or yoga, it's worth it. This keeps me from feeling too lethargic from extra food and keeps the blood flowing.

rushartist said...

I used to make treats...because you are supposed to during the holidays. But I only made them for "tradition" sake. However, if I had them in the house I would eat them. So I just stopped making them. No more fudge or sugar cookies or coconut balls. And I've found that I don't even miss them...plus I am teaching my kids that the holidays aren't about food or candy or sweets (something I did not grow up understanding). I can indulge when we go to someone's Christmas party and not worry about it because I haven't been stuffing my face full of cookies all week. Hopefully my kids will have one less unhealthy tradition to break when they grow up.

lindsey said...

My tip is to be involved in the baking and cooking!! I cooked half of Thanksgiving, and everything that I made was very healthy (and delicious)! When you made it, you controlled what's in it, so it's easier to ensure that you'll be making healthy choices. The other part of this is to make sure that you're balancing unhealthy choices (yule cake, pie, alcoholic treats) with healthy ones (brussels sprouts salad, baked sweet potato fries). :)

RunningLaur said...

My tip: let loose and don't worry about eating all the good and fun things when with friends and family, but don't go crazy when you're on your own.

RunningLaur said...

I'll have you tweeted shortly too (flight about to take off of course!)

I Love Your Whole Face said...

I always pack my running shoes. That means that no matter where I am, I can either walk or run. After cardio some cookies aren't such a big deal right?? :-)

I Love Your Whole Face said...

I tweeted this too

Jenna Z said...

My tip is to give yourself a meal off each week. Generally eat on your plan for the rest of the week, but go whole hog for one meal. This keeps you from sneaking treats all season long but you still get to splurge big!

Jenna Z said...

I tweeted your post!

the hoppe pad said...

My tip is plan ahead. Keep lots of fruit and veggies on hand and to use moderation when faced with all the treats!

fostertam said...

I have started taking my gym clothes to work and changing before I leave for the gym--it helps motivate me to go directly to my workout instead of stopping at home where I can be easily distracted and blow off my exercise.

fostertam said...

http://twitter.com/#!/fostertam/status/11059095029161984

slowly growing old together said...

drink plenty of water and only eat dessert on days when I have exercised.

Emily N. said...

My tip is to include a MUFA at everyone of your meals and walk five minutes after eating.

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Deb said...

My strategy for handling the holidays works pretty well for me. I know the days that there will be parties and family get togethers. I allow myself to indulge on those days, but on the remaining days, I am very strict with my intake....steering completely clear of sugar and most carbs.

PauleyD said...

My strategy is to stay healthy all year round and indulge around the holiday season. I like to work out and I tend to eat clean year round, so when the holidays roll around I don't feel bad about sampling the goody tray.

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PauleyD said...

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Amy said...

tip...stick with my eating routine and allow for the cheat days and drink lots of water and just enjoy...when we worry too much I think that in itself causes weight gain! lol!

Eve said...

Plan what you will and will not eat ahead of time and give yourself space. Eat small portions of guilty pleasures

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jillyrh said...

My tip is to find an exercise you enjoy then you're more likely to do it!

jillyrh said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/11658244237828096