Fitness Tips Article Series, 1

It's that time of year again! You know what I'm talking about! The holiday season and all that it brings---including the GOOD FOOD! You don't have to make yourself miserable because you are afraid to eat the delicious dinners, snacks and desserts. Here are some tips to help you navigate through the holiday food minefield:

1) Don't stop or slack off on your exercise program during the holiday season! And, if you aren't exercising, then this would be a great time to start (don't wait until January). I have a goal of at least trying to maintain my pre-holiday weight during the holiday season. This is not easy because every holiday gathering that I go to has food attached to it! Yikes!!

2) Go easy on the condiments. The holidays are famous for people coming up with special "sauces, dips and toppings for the season." Don't splurge on these sauces---just sample.

3) Now that Thanksgiving is over, go back to your normal diet. Don't make Thanksgiving through January 1 one long eating binge!

4) This rule always applies to any season---if its fried, let it slide!

5) Alcohol has calories too---7 calories per gram to be exact. Don't tank it too much!

6) You don't have to eat until you are stuffed. If you are like me, you pile too many goodies on your plate. You don't have to finish it.

7) Don't spend all of your time eating at the holiday parties. Work the room and talk a little.

8) Snack on some walnuts or almonds before you go to the party. They are good for you and you won't arrive at the party starving.

9) Drink lots of water at the party and you will eat less.

10) Allow yourself one dessert (or a sample of a few) during the party. It's okay since you are going to exercise tomorrow----right?

'Tis the season to be jolly and eat good, good food----and exercise!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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Hi, I'm Mark Dilworth, Nutritionist, Dietary Strategies Specialist, Nutrition for Metabolic Health Specialist and Lifestyle Weight Management Specialist. Since 2006, I have helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle habit changes which includes body transformation and ideal body weight.