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Surviving the Holiday Treats

Holidays are fun, so enjoy them. With a little thought and planning, you can navigate holiday
parties with ease.

Have A Healthy Holiday

You work hard during the year to eat a healthy diet, and then December hits, and everywhere
you turn, someone is offering you a treat. From parties at work to a girls’ night out to your Aunt
Barbara’s famous trifle, holiday food can make it hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
At the same time, being too strict with yourself can take some of the fun out of the holidays. So
how can you splurge responsibly? Here are a few ideas.

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Decide Ahead of Time

Decide ahead of time what is worth the splurge. What are the one or two treats you look forward to every year? Focus on those, and really savor them. Enjoy every bite. And then pass on the things that don’t give you the same satisfaction.

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Don't Go Hungry

Don’t let yourself get too hungry, and focus on eating lots of vegetables during the day. Filling up on a big salad or a bowl of vegetable soup will make your body feel great, and it will be easier to resist temptations.

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Bring Something Healthy

Invited to a potluck? Bring a healthy treat to share, such as veggies and dip or whole-food sweets. Chances are, you won’t be the only one who appreciates it.

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Start Again

If you overdo it, don’t beat yourself up or try to make up for it at the gym. Just go back to your regular healthy routines as soon as you can.

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Keep Your Hands Full

At a party, keep a drink or a partially filled plate in your hands. This will fend off well-meaning hosts inviting you to have more.

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Keep a Healthy Treat With You

Sometimes if you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthier treat, you can pass on the things that you know won’t make your body happy. We put a recipe for one of our favorite packable protein balls below.

Holidays are fun, so enjoy them. With a little thought and planning, you can navigate holiday parties with ease.

 

Protein Bites

Protein Bites

1 cup natural peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup oats, blended into powder

4 scoops chocolate protein powder

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