7 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight GainCookies, cakes, pies – Oh My!

Temptation can be everywhere over the holiday season, right?

Combined with colder days, the stress of extra social events and purchasing gifts, the extra treats can wreak havoc on your waistline and how you feel physically and emotionally.

Willpower is not an endless resource gets used up throughout the day. If you feel like your willpower is non-existent during this time of year, today’s post is for you. I’m sharing what I do to avoid overeating at the holidays (and it doesn’t involve willpower).

The trick, be present. Odds are when you’re indulging in holiday goodies, you’re multi-tasking (watching tv, working, checking FB). Mindless eating can cause you to eat 20% more calories!

By adding awareness to your eating habits you’ll save yourself from overeating and feeling bloated on New Year’s Eve.

7 Ways to Bring More Awareness to Your Eating Routine to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain:


  1. Give thanks (say a prayer) before each meal. Be thankful for the cook and farmers that make it possible for you to enjoy the delicious eats. Give thanks to the food and how it will support your health and happiness.
  2. Put your fork down between bites. Chew your food and join in the conversation. Slow down and really savor the meal. Odds are you will naturally eat less without feeling deprived.
  3. Plate it. Resist standing over the appetizer table and grabbing a bit here and there. Those calories add up big time. Fill up an appetizer plate, site your cute butt down and enjoy.
  4. Don’t forget to eat. Fasting or going too light on the intake before a party can lead to a disaster. You’ll show up with low blood sugar and are guarantee to overeat, especially after a couple cocktails. Instead focus on vegetables and lean proteins for breakfast, lunch and mid-day snack.
  5. Move your body. Dance party anyone? Connect with your body and get out of your head. Avoid looking at exercise as green light to eat more, rather a way to connect with your body. This connection not only will make you feel good but it will encourage you to choose healthier options.
  6. Dress to impress. If you look good, you’ll feel good. Wear comfortable clothing but resist wearing your stretchy pants to dinners and parties. Your clothes will help remind you if you belly is too full in case you get distracted.
  7. Load up on vegetables. Packed with nutrients that will help you feel amazing, these powerhouses will also fill your stomach so there will be less room for the naughty stuff.

I want to hear from you. Which one of the tips are you going to try? Or have you found one that works well for you? Please share in the comments section below.