1. Our first rule of thumb is to eat consciously. If you know you have dinner plans with relatives, don’t splurge on a big breakfast the same day. When dining out, eat what you want, but try to lighten it up. Skip on the fried foods and heavy dressings to slash a few calories and try to limit these big meals to once a week.
2. The second rule is to drink water. Yes, you’ve heard it time and time again, but it’s true! You should try to consume (8) eight ounce glasses per day. No need to drown yourself, but keep in mind the old bathroom trick. (You know… the color of your urine.) Also, water keeps you full. If you often find yourself grazing at a party when you’re not really hungry try sipping on a bottle of water instead.
3. Okay, here’s the part where we recommend exercise. You don’t need to run, bike or jump rope off the extra calories you consume. Being active on the days you know you have a special event will contribute to an overall better sense of well-being. You’ll be less likely to overindulge if you’ve exercised. On the other hand, your digestive system will thank you if you go for a stroll when you do happen to eat too much.
4. The best rule of advice we can provide is to not associate guilt with the holidays. Okay, so you’ve ate too many cookies during your marathon baking event. Don’t make yourself feel guilty about what has already happened. Did you enjoy yourself? Did you make memories? Good! Choose to make memories and don’t worry that your pants don’t fit. You can always burn off grandma’s apple pie, because grandma might not always be here to bake it.
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