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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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Plan ahead to stay on the right track

If this time of year were merely about a couple of holidays, it might not have such an impact on our food plans.  But there are parties and goodies on everyone's desk, and neighbors who bake, and the temptations seem never ending.

The best defense, as they say, is often a good offense.  In this case, that means you need to plan ahead.

Now, more than ever, is the best time to keep healthy snacks around.  Whatever your food plan is, keep snacks on hand that fit your plan.  This way you won't end up with those 3 p.m. hunger pangs that lead you to your co-worker's fudge.  That's not to say you shouldn't enjoy this time of year and have a piece, but have it when you can taste it slowly and
enjoy it, rather than eating it because it's there and you're hungry.

Parties are another food-plan danger.  There seem to be two schools of thought.  One says to eat a lot ahead of time, so you don't eat anything at the party, and the other says don't eat all day so you can indulge all you want. 

Our bodies work best when we feed them on a fairly regular schedule.  You might be more successful if you spend your day eating normally.  Then, when you get to the party, you can enjoy yourself, responsibly.  Eat slowly, taste your food, and focus on the company rather than the cheese dip.

And, of course, be careful with alcohol.  In addition to being empty calories, it inhibits the brain's receptors that let you know you are full.  It can actually make you feel hungrier and thus more likely to eat.  Again, enjoy yourself, but have two glasses of water between each drink.