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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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Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving:  It's the one day of the year when you might feel as if you just aren't in the spirit of things if you don't stuff yourself into the next clothing size.

But is that really true?  Do you absolutely have to overindulge yourself in order to participate in the festivities?

What about seeing friends and family?  Isn't that what the holidays are really about?

Sure the food is a great part of the day, and you get some of your once-a-year favorites.  But before Thanksgiving Day is suddenly upon you, take a few minutes to prioritize what you want to do with it.

First, there is the time with the people who will be there.  Is this a time when you get to see some folks you don't often see?  Make sure you spend some quality time with them.  It's harder to put food in your mouth when you're conversing.

What about kids?  Will there be kids there that you don't usually get to spend time with?  How about being that cool relative that spends time with them doing what they like to do?  Color a page in a coloring book, or even better, take them outside to play and get a little activity in for yourself.

And of course, there is the food.  Again, prioritize.  Don't waste calories on non-favorites or things you can have any other day.  If your sister-in-law makes a fantastic stuffing you get only on Thanksgiving, be sure to have some.  But mashed potatoes?  You can get those at the local diner - why bother?

Also, be careful with the liquid calories.  These are essentially sugar, whether it's alcohol, eggnog or juice.  They are usually less satisfying and it's easy to end up consuming a lot of them.