Don’t diet during the holidays

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! While we were trapped in food-induced comas, our sneaky diet plans went out the window and thought we wouldn’t notice. This happens every year. Personally, I only get homemade pumpkin pie once a year, so I tend to take advantage of the rare opportunities to enjoy it.

And you know what? That’s okay! Trying to diet during the holidays only adds stress to an already stressful time of year, and I didn’t even mention finals yet. If you love the homemade spread of comfort foods and treats during the holidays, don’t punish yourself.

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Eating healthy is great, but you deserve a treat every once in a while. And if Mom’s making her famous (insert favorite food here), don’t deny yourself a taste of it. The key to maintaining your weight during the holidays is focusing on portion control and keeping up with your exercise routine. Follow these tips to survive the holidays and fit into all the new clothes you’re going to get:

  • Have a snack before a holiday party. When you arrive starving and have to wait another hour before the feast begins, make sure you have a healthy snack beforehand. You’ll eat less of the unhealthy stuff if you’re not already famished.
  • Don’t drink your calories. It’s easy to have a few extra cocktails or glasses of eggnog and not realize how those calories are adding up. Avoid the problem altogether and set a limit of one so you can still enjoy without overdoing it.
  • Don’t just eat because food is there. Eat when you’re hungry, not when a cheese platter is staring at you and protecting you from making small talk.
  • Bring a healthy dish you love to share. If you bring something you love, you can enjoy that without the guilt. Avoid plates of calorie-packed, sugary¬†surprises¬†and stick to what you know.

Stay healthy, Devils! We’re in the home stretch, so work hard and be well!