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Holiday stress

Holiday season isn't all just about food

Plan ahead to stay on the right track

Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Choose treats wisely during the holidays

Starting a weightlifting routine

Healthy body has right signs

You need a livable food plan

Tailor your food according to needs

Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Traveling can challenge eating habits

Parenting your own inner spoiled child

Long-term motives create long-lasting results

Interval training works for anyone

Check ingredients when eating out

Get out of the house for your workout

Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

Cooking extra saves time and calories

Even small changes can make an impact

Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Make your lifestyle and health compatible

A little exercise can yield big results

Food plans can help you eat right

Moderation is weight-loss key

Give your weight-loss plan time

Combat post-holiday blues with activity

Choose holiday calories carefully

Good kitchen tools make life easier

Enjoy feast in moderation

Start planning holiday meals now

Don't buy Halloween candy too early

Theaters offer healthy snacks

Try to avoid evening snacking

Tips to stave off hunger pangs

Stuck?  Reassess your routine

Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

Learn to love being thin

Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Fruity thoughts to keep fit

Water can ease cravings

Working a pool into your exercise routine

Stay focused, move forward

Delay caving to craving

Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

Holidays are never-ending

Measuring food is key to weight loss

Food-logging can help in weight loss

Find ways to make exercise fun

Reserve time for your exercise program

Substitutions for your holiday treats

Moderation is key to good diet

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Moderation is key to good diet

As we reach the end of the holiday season, you may be thinking about how to get back on plan in a couple of weeks.  You don't have to make any commitments right now, but here are some thoughts to keep in mind.

Moderation is always preferable over elimination.  As soon as you tell yourself you can't have something, that food is all you'll want.  Are you currently inhaling pies and cookies with the thought that you won't eat any sweets for the first six months of 2011?  Why not slow down a bit now, and plan for a treat or two per week after the holidays are over?  A small amount of sugary foods is OK now and then.
People often try to eliminate fat.  Our bodies need fat to function.  The key is to choose good fats and limit them.  Fat makes you feel fuller.  A handful of almonds or a teaspoon of olive oil to sauté your veggies can help keep the hunger pangs away.  In addition, those good fats will help raise your good cholesterol and aid digestion.  And they taste good, too.

Watch your calories, make sure you eat enough.  When you don't eat enough calories, you get so hungry that you create out-of-control bingeing.  There is also a point of diminishing return on calorie restriction.  For most people, 1,200-1,500 calories per day is an acceptable range for weight loss.  This is a level that will keep you from feeling as though you are starving, but still allow you to lose weight.  If you are unsure, check with your doctor. 

If you create a moderate, livable food plan for yourself, you will be able to stick to it and will be more successful.