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Holiday Parties Galore and a Workshop

Good morning, all!  Yesterday I held a very successful workshop that included 5 tips for making it through the holiday parties without gaining weight.  They were easy tips that can actually be used year-round, but come in quite handy during the season of parties, holiday dinners, and drinking.  It also led to a discussion on sugar addiction, diabetes, and lots of other topics.  I look forward to January’s workshop scheduled for January 8, 2017.

For those who couldn’t make yesterdays workshop, here are the five tips that I shared with the group.

1.  Use a smaller plate than the regular dinner plate.  A salad plate will hold a lot less food than a dinner plate.  Also, having a full plate will trick your mind into thinking you’re eating more than you actually are.

2.  Drink a glass of water after each alcoholic drink or soda.  This will slow down any drinking  you’re doing and also help to prevent dehydration.  In turn, you should have less of a hangover the next day.

3.  Put your fork down after each bite.  This is a trick I learned in Weight Watchers™.  It takes awhile for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you’re full.  Putting your fork down after each bite slows down your eating, giving your brain time to get the message.  You’ll feel fuller after eating less food.

4.  Get away from the food.  Most of us sit around the table chatting or hanging out where the food is being served.  Once you’re done eating, get up from the table.  Offer to help clean off the tables or do dishes.  Go and play with the kids.  Going into another room to watch the football game.  Suggest a brisk walk around the block to look at the holiday lights.  Just go away from where the food is.

5.  If you’re going to a party or holiday dinner at someone’s house, bring a healthy dish that you like.  Don’t ask if you can bring something.  Just bring it.  That way, you’re guaranteed to have at least one healthy thing to eat.

I hope these tricks/hints will help to keep you steady during this holiday season so that when it comes time for you to make your health plans for 2017, you won’t have to include losing the 10 pounds you put on during December.  I was asked at the workshop to provide some healthy recipes that people can bring with them to parties, so that will be my next post.  Looking forward to seeing you all at the next workshop on January 8.

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