Top Ten Ways NOT to Overeat During the Holidays

Thanksgiving has a way of kicking you in the butt when it comes to eating choices. And then, just like that, you find yourself in an eating frenzy of holiday goodies and loads of sugar…and this can last until next year. Then, you join a gym and hope that things will be different. You and the zillion other people all hoping for the same results. Do you want some good advice? Don’t let yourself fall apart and then you don’t have to worry about picking your junk-laden body up from the ground. But don’t do this with deprivation. I can’t tell you how many friends try shake diets and cleanses, looking for a quick fix. The problem? They are just that: short term solutions. You know that you need to eat right and to supplement with exercise. But how? If you’re looking for real answers, then go no further than Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Chief Medical Officer, Eat Right America. I recommend Eat for Health.

Here’s the deal. If you eat clean and healthy and include the right nutrients, you will feel satiated and not gain weight. But, if you load up with junk food, you will continue to feel hungry, crash hard when the sugar wears off, and gain weight. Here are the top ten ways to prevent overeating during the holidays.

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  • 1. Drink Water. 1 of 10
    1. Drink Water.
    Make sure that you are drinking enough water. To spice it up, squeeze a little lemon or lime and just imagine it tasting like a mojito.
  • 2. Don’t Ever Go to a Party on an Empty Stomach. 2 of 10
    2. Don't Ever Go to a Party on an Empty Stomach.
    It will not end well.
  • 3. Munch on Nutrient Rich Fruits and Vegetables Throughout the Day. 3 of 10
    3.  Munch on Nutrient Rich Fruits and Vegetables Throughout the Day.
    The best ones? Oranges, grapefruits, apples, kiwi, papaya, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and snow pea pods.
  • 4. Before You Go to a Holiday Party, Eat a Big Salad Full of Fresh Cut Veggies. 4 of 10
    4. Before You Go to a Holiday Party, Eat a Big Salad Full of Fresh Cut Veggies.
    And whatever you do, don't douse it in salad dressing. Try some lemon juice and kosher salt.
  • 5. Eat Almonds, But Not Too Many. 5 of 10
    5. Eat Almonds, But Not Too Many.
    2 ounces of almonds will go a long way. It's a good fat and you shouldn't deprive yourself of it.
  • 6. Exercise Regularly. 6 of 10
    6.  Exercise Regularly.
    Find something you love, and do it. No excuses. (Astrid McGuire, you are gorgeous!)
  • 7. Don’t Go to the Grocery Store When You Are Hungry. 7 of 10
    7. Don't Go to the Grocery Store When You Are Hungry.
    You will end up with a ton of food you don't need but will end up eating anyway.
  • 8. Avoid White Potatoes. 8 of 10
    8. Avoid White Potatoes.
    White potatoes may be vegetables, but they aren't high in nutrients, so swap them out for sweet potatoes, carrots and/or peas.
  • 9. Eat Colorfully. 9 of 10
    9. Eat Colorfully.
    Make sure to keep your plate colorful without additives, preservatives, or food coloring. Fruits and veggies are colorful all on their own
  • 10. Healthy Eating Isn’t a Fad. 10 of 10
    10. Healthy Eating Isn't a Fad.
    It never gets old.

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Thank you, Dr. Fuhrman, for sharing your wisdom with the masses. And thank you, Whole Foods, for stocking this book and introducing me to it!

 

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