How to Manage Holiday Junk Food

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The holiday season is upon us, which means lots of parties and countless opportunities to overindulge. Should you skip the office party because you know they only serve junk? How many cookie exchanges can you really participate in without feeling the effects?

While the holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration, it can also be a stressful time for those who are trying to maintain their health and fitness. Don’t even contemplate skipping all the celebrations this year. Intsead, here are some coping mechanisms for keeping your healthy eating plans in check from St. Louis, Brentwood, and Clayton, MO personal trainers.

▪ Have Your Own Pre-party
Just like it isn’t wise to cruise the grocery store on an empty stomach, you can’t show up to a holiday party feeling ravenous. Avoid this scenario by having a small meal or snack before you hit the party circuit. You’ll arrive to the party less famished and more prepared to make healthy selections.

• Be a Buffet Hover Hater
Certain holiday gatherings can be awkward, and too often we find ourselves making small talk while using food as a distraction. If this sounds familiar, try positioning yourself AWAY from the buffet. Get a drink (nonalcoholic or otherwise) to occupy your hands, and purposely set up shop far away from the food. You’ll find you graze less and may even mingle more.

• Bring a Healthy Hostess Dish
Don’t let your healthy habits lapse just because it’s holiday time. If you’re going to bring a dish to a party, why not make it a healthy one? This will ensure there will be something you can eat.

• Put Extra Effort into Exercise
Don’t wait until the New Year to get your exercise program on track. If you know you’ll be eating and drinking more calories than usual this time of year, double down on your workouts. You can curb weight gain by putting more emphasis on the energy expenditure side of your energy balance scale.

For more information on healthy party eating, contact Maurie Cofman, CMES, CES, TBMM-CES, Personal Trainer, Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Health Coach and Corrective Exercise Specialist in the St. Louis, Brentwood, and Clayton, MO area.