Fighting the Holiday Feasts

turkeyAlright. The holiday season is here which means if you are on a diet or trying to live a healthier lifestyle, food temptation is going to be much stronger for the next handful of weeks.

But don’t panic. You can make it through this season without gaining so much as a pound. Here are a few tips that will help you make it through those holiday feasts without hating yourself in January.

Number 1-Fill up on the good stuff

Although the holiday season is usually associated with pumpkin pies, cakes and other decadent desserts, there are usually some healthy options that you can fill up on. Baked turkey, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes and salads generally accompany every holiday meal. Pack your plate full of these healthy, low fat options and feel guilt free. When the time comes for desserts, you may just be too stuffed to eat.

Number 2-Watch your portion sizes


Ideally, you can eat what you want as long as you eat small portion sizes. Although mashed potatoes and gravy, creamy casseroles and buttered rolls aren’t the most nutritious options on the table, having a few bites of what you want is not going to hurt you. Plus, if you really want to eat something, and substitute something else for it, the odds are that you are going to end up eating what you originally wanted in the first place. Save yourself the extra calories and just eat a small bit of what your mouth is watering for.

Number 3-Add in an extra workout

If you just can’t beat the temptation of holiday foods and know you are going to overindulge this season, add in an extra workout during the week to compensate for the calories. Maintaining and losing weight is simple: the number of calories you eat needs to be less than the number of calories you burn. Crank up your workouts to burn off excess calories and come January, you won’t have a problem fitting into your jeans.

Number 4-Lend a hand in the kitchen

While everyone else is sitting around on the couch trying to digest their 4,000 calorie meals, lend a hand to the host and help clean up the mess that was left behind. Washing the dishes, wiping down tables and putting away leftovers will burn calories and you’ll earn big brownie points with the host. Just don’t eat them.

About the Author

Elizabeth Perez is a freelance writer and blogger living in the Tampa Bay area. She holds a bachelor’s degree is mass communications from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Currently, she works for a non-profit where she writes press releases and web content. Follow her blog and see recent work at her website,

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  1. KristinaNo Gravatar says:

    So true. I’ve noticed that I can not eat much when am the one cooking. hahahah so yes, do lend a hand in the kitchen. And watch out the proportions. Easier said than done. But it can be done!

    Great reminder!

  2. I like your advice about not substituting something you don’t really want… I tend to do that and always get back to what I wanted in the first place. 🙂

  3. JenniferNo Gravatar says:

    With all of that temptation sitting around, saying “eat me! eat me!”, it’s definitely too difficult to just choose the healthy stuff. What I normally do is limit how many of the “bad” things I eat, and double my exercise! It has worked so far for me!

  4. PeterNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the tips, Liz. If a person can control his stomach, he can control anything.

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