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Inspired Living

25 Days of Cheer (Day 8)

Sarah Stanley

Five Simple Steps to Get Through the Holidays with Health, Joy and Confidence
The holiday season is upon us once again and I am excited! Are you?
As we pull out the decorations and the kids play their new Christmas CD over and
over again, a smile can’t help but creep upon my face.
I love this season!
The lights, the joy, the kindness of complete strangers, the wonderful aroma of holiday
baking…
…Yikes! Baking and parties and grand feasts, oh my! How do you get through it
without over-eating, gaining weight and feeling guilty? Start by following these 5
simple steps:
1. Perhaps the simplest thing to do is make sure that the food and meals you
do control are nourishing and healthy. Great life involves balance and you
should enjoy the festivities and all they bring to you. If you know that most of
what you are eating is great for you then there is no need to feel guilty about
indulging in the potluck offerings.
2. Speaking of potluck parties, you do have control over one thing served… Make
your own potluck offering a good one. A fruit or veggie tray always goes over
well and adds a refreshing balance to the many rich dishes and treats that
appear on the buffet this time of year.
3. Eat before you go. Nourish your body with a delicious salad, full of goodness
before you leave the house. A fuller tummy will curb your temptations and
cravings so that you will eat less!
4. Choose the top three dishes you would like to try and take only a small serving
of each. People tend to eat whatever they put on their plate so by taking only
a small portion, you will undoubtedly eat less. If it is absolutely irresistible, go
back for a little more.
5. Sip on water or sparkling throughout the event. Even if you indulge in a few
cocktails, drink a glass of water in between. This will curb your appetite and
keep you hydrated, which will also help you out the next morning!
Pretty simple right? Make a commitment to yourself and your health this holiday
season and most of all, enjoy it. December is a time of reflection, giving and gratitude.
Revel in it!

Today's cheer is brought to you by Jenn Champagne (@Jennboe).

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Day 8: Eat before you go to a party!

Five Simple Ways to Get Through the Holidays with Health, Joy and Confidence

The holiday season is upon us once again and I am excited! Are you?

As we pull out the decorations and the kids play their new Christmas CD over and over again, a smile can’t help but creep upon my face. I love this season!

The lights, the joy, the kindness of complete strangers, the wonderful aroma of holiday baking…

…Yikes! Baking and parties and grand feasts, oh my! How do you get through it without over-eating, gaining weight and feeling guilty? Start by following these 5 simple steps:

1. Perhaps the simplest thing to do is make sure that the food and meals you do control are nourishing and healthy. Great life involves balance and you should enjoy the festivities and all they bring to you. If you know that most of what you are eating is great for you then there is no need to feel guilty about indulging in the potluck offerings.

2. Speaking of potluck parties, you do have control over one thing served… Make your own potluck offering a good one. A fruit or veggie tray always goes over well and adds a refreshing balance to the many rich dishes and treats that appear on the buffet this time of year.

3. Eat before you go. Nourish your body with a delicious salad, full of goodness before you leave the house. A fuller tummy will curb your temptations and cravings so that you will eat less!

4. Choose the top three dishes you would like to try and take only a small serving of each. People tend to eat whatever they put on their plate so by taking only a small portion, you will undoubtedly eat less. If it is absolutely irresistible, go back for a little more.

5. Sip on water or sparkling throughout the event. Even if you indulge in a few cocktails, drink a glass of water in between. This will curb your appetite and keep you hydrated, which will also help you out the next morning!

Pretty simple right? Make a commitment to yourself and your health this holiday season and most of all, enjoy it. December is a time of reflection, giving and gratitude.

Revel in it!

You can find Jenn on Twitter (@jennboe) and visit her website