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8 Tips on How to Stay Slim for the Holidays. And a cartoon.

My last cartoon was about Charlie Brown specials. He had a temper sometimes, didn’t he?

Today let’s talk about how to control your weight over the holidays. You can’t control what presents you get, but at least consider what goes in your mouth. santa claus

From Huffington Post: For the good news, according to research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Americans, on average, gain just about one pound during the holiday season, with overweight individuals gaining a bit more.

Here are the best ideas I’ve found from the whole internet on how to not gain (or lose!) weight this December.

  1. Prevention has an important first tip: Remind yourself that you’re an adult. Well, that one’s not going to work for anyone I know. Then they add: Sneak into a quiet room and shut the door—but do it with someone from your adult life. I’m surprised at you, Prevention.
  2. Eat off of red plates. The authors suggest that the color red may work as a subtle stop signal (like a red traffic light) which may guide us to reduce our intake. This might work. I notice I no longer buy those fun plastic decorated holiday plates from the supermarket, because it makes food look depressing and not so fun.
  3. HuffPo tries to control the not-news again and says: Some studies have shown people tend to overeat during the holidays due to stress and eat less when they feel relaxed. Yawn. Then they add, drink less wine. I can’t hear you, la la la.
  4. Wake Health talks about the difference between “tummy hungry” and “yummy hungry.” It often takes upwards of six to eight hours before our stomachs start to rumble and tell us we are hungry and need to eat. Sooner for me. What do you think?
  5. From Shape: Remember to eat breakfast. Remember when I told you my story of the size 00 girl at the supermarket?
  6. Shape adds: Stand up. ANOTHER suggestion most of us won’t be able to follow, but keep it in mind.
  7. The tip I’m going to remember for sure, from Lifehack: Change your mindset to “I can have it but I don’t want it”. Because I have parental issues, and hate to hear “No”. 🙂
  8. Last, and maybe most importantly: from Science World Report: Don’t feel guilty about being a pig! Guilt and worry make you gain weight! Just go ahead and eat it.

Of course, controlling your emotions might be harder than controlling your weight, but no one besides you and me thinks about that, do they?

Coming soon: my most popular Christmas cartoon ever!

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8 Tips on How to Stay Slim for the Holidays. And a cartoon.

Donna Barstow

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