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  1. Keep up your exercise routines. Schedule exercise in your calendar. Make exercise a priority and hold yourself to it. It’s for you!
  2. No time to exercise? Try “occupational exercise! If you have a thousand things to do before house guests arrive, make cleaning your house your workout. Cleaning involves constant motion – bending, squatting, stretching, pushing and lifting. Does that sounding familiar? Aren’t these the same activities that we do when we go to the gym? What’s more, if you think about the physical benefits of cleaning, you might just make those bends and squats a bit deeper, and throw in a few more trips up and down stairs to retrieve cleaning supplies just for good measure. Try it; you’ll be breaking a bead (and breaking down fat cells) in no time!
  3. If you are entertaining, serve low-calorie favorites. Serve raw vegetables with a dip for an appetizer, a low-fat main course with one or two vegetables, and a fruit and low-fat cheese platter for dessert. Your guests will appreciate eating sensibly – remember they are being bombarded with the same holiday over-indulgence madness.
  4. Avoid skipping meals before a dinner party or big holiday meal. If you arrive starving, you are more likely to stuff yourself on unhealthy foods (including sweets).
  5. Strategically plan your arrival time at a party. Avoid the appetizers and before dinner high calorie drinks by arriving at mealtime for a dinner party.
  6. Prioritize – attend only the parties you really want to go to. You’ll save a lot of calories, time and stress.
  7. Be choosy about the foods available at holiday functions. There are usually a few acceptable healthy choices available to you. Concentrate on fresh vegetable or fruit plates, but don’t dabble too heavily in the sauces and dips. Mixed nuts can be good sources of protein, but be wary of candied nuts or extremely salty nut mixes.
  8. Do not deprive yourself, set realistic healthy eating goals. Do not restrict yourself so much that you crave every food offering you see. Allow yourself to indulge in some goodies at a holiday dinner or party by limiting yourself to smaller potions. Have only one glass of wine or Champagne, split a portion of dessert with a friend.
  9. Go for quality, not quantity. When you do indulge, pass up anything that doesn’t really excite and interest you. Take a small portion of what you love, and savor it by taking small bites and chewing completely. Slow way down, enjoy the moment.
  10. Avoid the hot chocolate. Many hot beverages are filled with sugar. There are plenty of herbal and fruit teas and infusions that are great alternatives. If you prefer your tea sweetened, use a little honey which helps build your immunity during cold and flu season.

I came across this video where kids trade into their Halloween candy for smoothies! Great idea for a teacher that wants to keep order in the classroom the week after Halloween!

Honestly, I don’t know why we do this to our selves. Halloween kicks off a season of over sugaring ourselves, our families and friends. No wonder gyms do so well signing up people in January. It’s when people finally stop blindly grabbing the sugar fix and start thinking about fixing the insulin resistance, inflammation, bloating and extra pounds that all that extra sugar has caused.

Challenge yourself to doing the holidays differently this year – get rid of the extra Halloween candy laying around the house. You could “donate it” to the landfill — God knows your hips and thighs don’t need it! Trade that sweet stuff in for some whole fruit, fruit smoothies, or sweet winter vegetables steamed and sprinkled with cinnamon. You’ll get rid of the sugar roller coaster of moods and energy and feel an even stream of energy throughout the day.

Next get some  exercise. As the hours of daylight wane, combat the blues that come from missing that sunshine with some good, old fashion movement! Figure out a daily routine that involves 20 to 30 minutes of movement. It could be walking, jumping rope, dancing, doing yoga stretches — what ever you choose your mind and body will thank you. Even better yet — select an activity and do it with someone. You’ll keep one another on track and both be in a better mood for it!

Remember, you are not a slave to that candy that is staring at you from your son or daughter’s halloween stash, or from your own overbought cache of goodies. Remove it from your sight and move on to a healthier you!

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