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How to Avoid the Holiday Bulge

Updated on October 28, 2009

Keeping It Healthy

The aromas of the fall and winter holiday seasons are approaching us quickly. With all the delightful smells of cinnamon spice, honeyed ham, fresh baked breads and desserts, no wonder it is so difficult to maintain your waistline. Depending on your geographical area, weather can also play culprit of the holiday bulge.

This year, though, make an effort to avoid the common mishaps of holiday indulgences by simply following these simple guidelines.

  • When preparing food, go light on certain ingredients. Cheeses, fatty meats, nuts, butter, cream sauces, gravies, whipped cream and oils can increase the pant or dress size. Of course, you might ask how someone can possibly reduce, or eliminate, the use of butter or oil when creating an edible masterpiece, but it is important to look into healthily alternatives. Also, just by simply reducing the portion size can make a big difference without sacrificing taste.
  • One trick that has been handed down to me is the act of chewing gum while cooking. It might sound silly, but it works. It has been stated that chewing gum reduces stress. If you’re cooking for a large group, a nagging mother-in-law, or a finicky eater, this will have dual benefits.
  • Never skip meals prior to a holiday feast; this will only lead to an unhealthy binge. Your body should remain on its normal eating schedule to prevent bloating, lethargy, and other more serious health issues.
  • Drink lots of water, especially while cooking, since you can dehydrate fairly easily standing over a hot stove. Also, alternate between the Eggnog, festive punch and other delectable beverages that are available. It’s helpful to drink one glass of water before a meal to trick the body into feeling full. Eat slowly and drink plenty of liquids during your meal.
  • After the holiday feast, take the dogs out for a neighborhood romp. This will help rev your energy, and burn off theirs. While you’re at it, invite the whole family, or at least those who didn’t overdo it and are now on the sofa napping.
  • Keep busy during the holidays by shoveling snow or raking leaves. Not only will your guest appreciate a cleared pathway, but your body will thank you too.

Indulge yourself and your guest in funny stories, jokes, achievements and/or anything else that tickles your fancy. Indulge yourself in games, leisurely strolls down memory lane (figuratively and literally) or simply use this time to finish some unfinished projects. Above all else, enjoy the time with family and friends during this holiday season.


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      pepperlynn76 8 years ago from California

      Great hub and advice. I, like everyone, struggles during the holiday. I can be good for like one day and then the next day I lose control with all of the leftovers. lol