Holiday Eating: Party Hearty Without Putting on the Pounds!

Written by Marsha J. Hudnall, MS, RD, CD

The holidays are definitely a special time of year. These days, however, many women wonder whether "special" means happy -- or stressful. Do you know anyone who doesn't feel more stress duringrepparttar holiday season? One thing is for sure: Stress is a six-letter word that can spell added trouble for many women who struggle with food, eating and weight.

A national survey of women conducted earlier this year revealed that women see stress and lack of energy as two of their top health issues. But here's where it gets interesting: Women were twice as likely as men to snack as a way of dealing with stress!

So how do you enjoyrepparttar 131458 famous holiday party time that seems to start with coffee breaks at work or weekend brunches and last through dessert parties late inrepparttar 131459 evening without overdoing on all those wonderful foods? Here's a list of ideas to consider that can help reduce holiday stress, boost energy and maximize your ability to make smart choices to support you in your efforts to feel well and stay healthy.

Keep It Simple

The absolute first "must" for enjoying your holidays is to keep it simple. Be realistic in what you want to accomplish…and what you expect others to accomplish, too. Discuss holiday plans with family and friends. Consider paring down your "to do" list, and get a commitment from others to share inrepparttar 131460 extra holiday tasks that create extra fun for everyone.

Feed Yourself Well

A party later inrepparttar 131461 evening doesn't mean skimping on food duringrepparttar 131462 day. All that will do is set you up for overeating because you get too hungry. Instead, eat regular, balanced meals and snacks that include grains/starchy vegetables, protein foods and fruits and/or vegetables every 3-5 hours when you are hungry, and stopping when you are satisfied.

Likewise, if you overdo it at one meal or party (and who doesn't on occasion?), don't try to "make up" for it at your next meals. Go back to your regular eating plan as described above.

Dancerepparttar 131463 Night Away!

Physical activity may providerepparttar 131464 biggest boost to your ability to cope duringrepparttar 131465 holidays. Not only is it a natural outlet for tension (and consequently another way to cope), physical activity boosts our energy level and our motivation to keep going.

Be creative! Break out of your mold by addingrepparttar 131466 opportunities ofrepparttar 131467 holiday season, such as dancing, skating, sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, caroling (all that walking)…even trimmingrepparttar 131468 tree (there's a lot of stretching there). Make fun physical activityrepparttar 131469 primary focus of your parties, instead of depending onrepparttar 131470 food to make or break it.

Realistically, many people find that physical activity early inrepparttar 131471 day isrepparttar 131472 best way to make it happen. A walk after breakfast is one ofrepparttar 131473 best strategies for boosting energy and helping you feel wellrepparttar 131474 rest ofrepparttar 131475 day. Don't forget those walks aroundrepparttar 131476 shopping mall orrepparttar 131477 long brisk walk in fromrepparttar 131478 parking lot count for something, too! (See FitBriefing Moving for Life).

Put on Parties that Work for You

This is where stress can send you straight forrepparttar 131479 Christmas cookies or Hanukkah chocolate. First, plan parties where you get help. How about just being responsible forrepparttar 131480 "centerpiece" dish, such as a main dish, beautiful salad or dessert, and letrepparttar 131481 supermarket, bakery, and/or deli dorepparttar 131482 rest. Or if you don't already have a pot luck tradition for family gatherings, now isrepparttar 131483 time to start!

To Diet or not to Diet, that should be the question!

Written by The Wardrobe Shrink - Sarah Whittaker

To Diet Or Not To Diet? That Should Be The Question! Diet information is everywhere. In advertisements, on TV, in magazines;repparttar bookstores are crammed with books on many different diet options - The South Beach Diet, The Atkins Diet, Weight Watchers, The Cabbage Soup Diet. The message is ‘you should think about your weight’. If you aren't already thinking about dieting, you will be before long. Most ofrepparttar 131456 clients that come to see me want to lose weight. They have typically tried out a few diet options, but still haven’t achieved what they are looking for.The big question is what are they looking for?

It all starts off with that glance inrepparttar 131457 mirror. What we see staring back at us is often an image we don’t like or at least we don’t rave about. The instant reaction too often can be – ‘I need to go on a diet’.

You don’t likerepparttar 131458 package, so you need to alter it in some way. Butrepparttar 131459 truth is that often it isrepparttar 131460 ‘packaging’ that is distortingrepparttar 131461 picture – distorting our image of ourselves and not you (the package).

Consider this: Everything about you is perfect as it is, and has a purpose. Your shape, your height, your size, your hair colour, your eye colour,repparttar 131462 shape of your features, andrepparttar 131463 size of your knees - they all combine to create you. Having a negative personal image can lead to weight gain or weight loss. Most eating disorders occur as a result of a negative body image.

Your packaging – or your style and your way of dress – has a huge impact on your personal image – how you see yourself, how much you likerepparttar 131464 way you look and …how large or small you look.

Just imagine how you feel when you are presented with a gift that is packaged withrepparttar 131465 fanciest ribbon, shiniest paper and with care and attention. In fact, it almost doesn’t matter what is insiderepparttar 131466 package! It isrepparttar 131467 same for you, your packaging has an impact on yourself – how you feel about yourself, your confidence levels, and how others treat you.

So before you go on a diet, please considerrepparttar 131468 following:

Are you wearing clothes that don’t fit you? Squeezing into an item of clothing is just plain unflattering and although you think you can stay in denial of your true size, every other person that passes you inrepparttar 131469 street will notice that you are squeezing in. You will only draw more attention which can make you feel more sensitive about how you look. More importantly wearing clothes that are bigger than you or too small for you will make you look bigger.

Tips Go through your wardrobe and clear out all items that don’t fit you. Be ruthless! You don’t have to throw them away. But putting them in another area – likerepparttar 131470 top shelf – so they are out of visibility will ensure you a) don’t wear them and b) you don’t reinforce your negative concerns each time you wear them! Cut outrepparttar 131471 size tags. This will take your mind off what size you are wearing, and hopefully you will forget all together and start enjoying what you wear And of course buy clothes that fit! You think that's just common sense? Well it is one ofrepparttar 131472 biggest wardrobe mistakes that people can make! Are you wearing clothes that suit your body shape? Wearingrepparttar 131473 wrong shape clothes can add pounds. A square shaped t-shirt in structured cotton will cut off any curves you have, either roll up to expose your stomach or make your torso look like a square box. Oh no! However that is what we can mistakenly go for. The same goes for a pair of jeans – a key item in all our wardrobes. They are often cut to fit a squarer body shape.

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