Hudson - Litchfield News
12 - December 11, 2009
Holiday survival guide for those watching their weight
So many of us anticipate the holidays with great look forward to navigating cocktail parties and the * Most holiday parties are held in the evening
excitement—the merry decorations, relaxing with possible weight gain that may be a result of too when everyone is tired and hungry. If you’re hun-
family and friends, and the excitement of the com- many holiday feasts. gry, you’ll be more tempted to overeat, so have a
ing new year. However, many of us also don’t “The holidays are a difficult time for many who healthful, filling snack like a banana, hard-boiled
are trying to manage weight,” egg, or small bag of light popcorn before the party
says Elizabeth Josefsberg, to help prevent feeling famished when you’re fac-
Weight Watchers leader. “Some ing the tables full of high-calorie goodies.
of us find it challenging to break * Wear something fitted and you’ll be reminded
out of normal routines and find not to overindulge. Also, wearing an article of
the balance between enjoying clothing or a piece of jewelry that you bought
one’s self without over indulg- yourself as a reward for reaching a previous
ing. Many of our meetings weight-loss goal can remind you of how much
members and Weight Watchers weight loss you’ve already achieved and how
Online subscribers know how to good it feels to be in control of your weight.
still enjoy time with family and
friends and enjoy their favorite In the “danger” zone:
holiday dishes without fearing * The season is really all about sharing time
holiday weight gain.” with people you love. So when you arrive at the
Weight Watchers offers party – or the guests have all arrived at your house
the following suggestions for – make people the priority and socialize before
celebrating and enjoying this you eat. Catching up with friends and family,
holiday season while not derail- instead of standing by the buffet table, helps you
ing one’s healthy habits. stay away from the food.
* It’s tempting to graze your way through tables
Pre-party planning: laden with appetizers, traditional holiday dishes,
* No matter how busy you are and yummy desserts, but doing so makes it hard to
of the most tempting times of year. “What’s most
during the holidays, make time manage how much you’re actually eating. Instead
important is that you not use this as an excuse to
for activity every day. Whether of grazing, make yourself a plate – use a small
never get back on the horse,” Josefsberg says. “The
you walk around your neigh- plate or napkin so that you won’t be tempted or
holiday season is just two months each year and
borhood or spend an extra hour able to overload – fill it with a few favorites and
even if you overindulge more than once during
walking in the mall, physical some guilt-free fillers, and then walk away from
the holidays, you still have the rest of the year to
exercise will help burn off the the food.
make better choices.”
extra calories you may consume * Alcohol adds empty calories and may
Try this delicious recipe that’s great for holiday
during the holiday season. encourage you to overeat. Reduce your alcohol
parties and great for your waistline.
consumption by sipping low-calorie beverages.
Or, alternate alcoholic drinks with low-calorie or
Chocolate Marshmallow Bark
calorie-free soft drinks or water. Even better—skip
A sweet treat for all your holiday gatherings, the
the empty calories altogether and have a few more
name “bark” sounds fancy, but this candy bar-like
bites of your favorite foods instead.
treat couldn’t be easier to make.
* Keep things in perspective. You can eat cheese
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When the party is over:
Line a 9-by-9 inch pan with heavy-duty alumi-
* Remember that the holidays aren’t all about
num foil. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and
food. Find other holiday activities that keep you
butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally, un-
in the spirit of the season, like caroling, funny
til thoroughly combined. Remove from heat and
holiday movies, or volunteering at your local food
stir in marshmallows. Scrape chocolate mixture
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For new moms, each of baby’s “first” experiences is a cause for cel-
ebration – first smile, first words, first steps – and baby’s first holiday
season is an especially joyous time. But along with baby’s exciting
holiday firsts, the season can also be hectic and overwhelming for
moms. With the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, cooking,
spending time with relatives, and caring for baby, moms’ needs can
sometimes get lost in the shuffle.
It’s important for parents to remember that taking a little time for
themselves is good for both them and their little ones. Here are ways
to give the gift of some “me time” this season:
* Make a date with dad or a night-on-the town with the girls
* Schedule some time for yoga, a massage, or a pedicure to recon-
nect with yourself
* Look for ways to engage in the holidays, from a community tree
lighting to attending a cookie exchange
* Schedule a solo holiday shopping trip
* Get swept away by a movie night or visit a museum
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