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Avoid Needless Calories This Season

stewed apples

Much of the disastrous 10 pounds per decade (that is suspected of being the foundation of our obesity crisis) is acquired between Thanksgiving and New Years.  Regardless of your familial background, there are more gatherings, celebrations and opportunities to eat at this time of year. Navigating them so you can enjoy without the backside burden takes a tiny bit of practice.

Here’s your game plan:

  1. Never go to a party hungry. A boiled egg and an apple will fill you with fiber and protein without a lot of calories.
  2. Be the one who always brings the veggie platter with low fat yogurt dip
  3. Seat yourself next to said platter and nibble to your heart’s content. The goal is to fill you up while you still have willpower (/are sober).
  4. Promise yourself you will not eat the chips, popcorn, peanuts, chocolates and any other manner of crap before the main course. Afterwards, if you are still hungry, portion yourself a handful onto a plate. Studies show that we eat more from a larger bag, box or bowl than when we pull out what we think we want.  Even when we know we are tricking ourselves, it is better to be aware when we are overdoing it, chances are better this way that you make up for any indiscretions.
  5. Whether you are having a buffet, cocktails only or full sit down dinner, fill half of your plate with green vegetables, ¼ with starchy vegetables like carrots and squash and the other ¼ with lean protein.
  6. Avoid anything deep fried. (Note: This is the first time I have used the word “avoid”)
  7. Never have more than 2 alcoholic beverages. Not only can calories from alcohol not be burned as fuel but they also reduce your inhibitions which likely means you will eat more!

After the celebration season, you will need different skills but, if you follow these steps, you shouldn’t have too much trouble.

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

As a Toronto Nutritionist, I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!

 

One Response

    Mary Allen
    November 28, 2012 at 8:22 am Reply

    Good tip on not helping yourself out of large bowls – that seems pretty doable. Not sure how I will manage the two alcoholic drinks though….

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