I get asked for tips all of the time on ways to avoid the holidays treats. And to be honest, it’s REALLY hard to avoid them. But what you CAN do it learn to have some self-control. We all have it. It’s within each and every one of us. It may just be that some of us know how to utilize it more than others… and that comes with practice.

Can I walk into a room full of goodies and not eat anything? Sure! Can I walk into that same room and eat everything in sight? You bet! I’m not immune to the temptations or indulgences. But I know that I’m the only one who can control what I put in my body and subsequently how I feel. I often have chats with myself before I eat something wondering if it’s worth the extra calories and bloat afterwards. Most of the time the answer is ‘it’s not’, but there are those occasions where my taste buds get the best of me and I just deal. Hey, it’s life and it is what it is. I’m human and I love sugar and carbs just as much as the next person.

But in the spirit of being a little more helpful than just saying stay home and wear mittens (LOL), here are a few things you can do to minimize any “damage” you might encounter.

EAT BEFORE THE PARTY… Going to a party? No problem! Eating a healthy meal before you go helps you eat LESS of the oh-so-delicious holiday goodies.

INDULGE WISELY… We all know you’re going to enjoy some of the holiday cheer. And by all means, please do! But plan ahead and think about how much you want that extra snack. Is it worth the calories for a few minutes of pleasure? If so, eat it! If not, move on.

SPLURGE ON THE GOOD STUFF… It’s likely any party will have a delicious array of fruits. Grab them by the handfuls instead of the sugary treats. You’ll love yourself for it!

ENJOY YOURSELF! It is, after all, a season of giving, happiness and joy. Embrace it and don’t beat yourself up if you indulge a little too much. There’s always online coaching with me for your 2018 Resolution. LOL
Here’s the thing. There are always going to be holidays, birthdays, celebrations and some kind of reason to have less than healthy food. That is life. Being healthy is learning to have balance and training yourself on what to eat, when and how much. You will never be perfect with your nutrition – and unless you’re training for a competition, I don’t believe there is a reason to be – there’s no fun in that. So enjoy the holidays, live your life, and remember… everything in moderation. Happy Holidays!!