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How to Avoid Stress Eating & Holiday Weight Gain

Beware of the temptation to blow off healthy habits during the holiday season.

  • By staying on track you will start off the new year strong!

  • Have specific goals:

  • Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetable every day

  • Continue with physical activity routines

  • Plan for reliable periods of rest and relaxation

  • Let go of unrealistic expectations for a “perfect” holiday, “perfect” decorations, being the “perfect” host or hostess.

Top 6 strategies for keeping healthy behaviors in place through the end of the year:

  1. Stay ahead of the hunger and have healthy snacks around. Plan for special “treats” rather than “cheating” and eating because you are stressed.

  2. Plan out what your day will look like the night before. This includes strategies like setting out workout clothes and planning what your family will have for dinner.

  3. Eat a healthy snack before going shopping or to an event. Don’t leave the house hungry.

  4. Include your family in your healthy behaviors.

  5. Update your holiday traditions to include healthy options.

  6. Focus on friendships and connections and be gentle with yourself.

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