Resisting Cravings Through the Holiday Season

A few years ago, a box appeared on my doorstep. I didn’t order this shipment and never found out how it came to be at my house. It has become a great mystery that has turned out some amazing memories, especially in the holiday season. In the box – a mixer.

Since that day, I can’t tell you how many dozens of cookies my children and I have made. We’ve made everything from chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles to almond cookies and raspberry tarts. My youngest, who is three and a half, loves to “pop” the eggs in the bowl and then covers his ears when I turn the mixer on to beat the dough. Unfortunately, my children love the process of baking more than the sampling (crazy, right?), which means that I have a ton of desserts left over.

During the holiday season, we have all encountered the office kitchens chock full of tempting treats. My work actually has a fully stocked snack room with various goodies and drinks 24/7, with lunch delivered twice a week. It’s tough to resist but we all do not want those extra pounds carrying over to the new year. Here are a few tips:

1. I like to use the “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper” mentality. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so I try to do 50 to 60 percent of my daily calories in this meal. While my plate might look overflowing, I know that when dinner rolls around I’m just snacking.

2. When there are a lot of temptations, I reach for fruit or veggies. Thank goodness my work stocks plenty of these brightly colored foods on a daily basis. My evening commute also involves an apple on the way home.

3. Water, water, water! Aim for at least 50% of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, aim for 75 ounces of water. Drinking a glass of water before a meal also helps with overeating.

4. A cookie is fine… Three might be overkill.

5. Always work your body with some exercise a few days a week.

What tips do you have for resisting cravings during the holiday season?

Jennifer Helton Holt

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