Keeping Slim Over The Holidays
5 strategies for enjoying the holidays without getting the gift of weight gain
1. Reduce the Stress: Start by creating a holiday planner. List everything that adds to your regular routine including parties, outings, shopping, decorating, and guests in your home. This creates a road map, and you can see where you are spread too thin and make other arrangements.
2. Keep Your Body Moving: Don't forgo your daily walk, swim or other form of activity just because you think there's no time. Use your holiday planner and make movement an important part of every day. Put a seasonal sticker in your planner as a reward for each healthy activity you perform.
3. Don't Rely on Fast Food: It's tempting when you're so busy, but plan ahead so you can avoid it. Stock your freezer with easy-to-prepare chicken breasts, ground turkey, or fish fillets, and plan meals that you can prepare in under 30 minutes. When you'll be away from home, take healthy, pre-packaged snacks to hold you over to a healthy meal.
4. Keep Holiday Treats to a Minimum: One holiday party is not going to add pounds to your waistline, but letting every day be a holiday party will. Plan on one treat at the office or home a day, and plan on declining some of the food that's offered to you. If you bake gifts to give to others, wrap them or freeze them or give them away before they tempt you.
5. Watch the Liquids: We are usually more aware of the food we place in our mouths than the liquids we drink. Most holiday drinks contain 500 calories or more. Have plenty of non-caloric beverages on hand, and don't forget to drink plenty of water. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon or 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder. This can make a very, very big difference.
With a little forethought you will enjoy the holidays even more, and your remembrances will all be on your mind, not your waistline.
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Carbs Per Serving: 6.4 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
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Coarsely chop one cup of walnuts.
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1 cup chopped walnuts
4 heaping scoops chocolate whey powder
2 Tbsp. quick oats
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2 Tbsp. coconut
1 Tbsp. cocoa
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1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter
2 oz. Cream cheese
Remove from the heat and add 1 tsp. coconut extract and 2 tsp. almond extract and used wire whisk to make sauce smooth. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Press into buttered pan of choice with buttered fingers. Chill and cut in a 7x11 pan and cut into 10 bars.
Total Calories: 2511
Calories Per Serving: 250
Total Fat: 199.5g
Saturated Fat: 78.0g
Total Carbohydrates: 108g
Carbohydrates Per Serving: 10.2g
Dietary Fiber: 15.2
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