Curb Your Holiday Cravings

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This time of year, there is constant access to candy, goodies, chocolates, and sweets. And although complete avoidance this time of year is not very realistic, it can be really difficult to moderate amounts. The calories in these sweet treats add up quickly, making it difficult to maintain weight control. Coming up with a personal goal for eating sweets in moderation is only part of the problem. The bigger challenge is sticking with it. Here are a few tips to help you curb your cravings.

Identify the sweets you enjoy most in life and stick to small amounts of them. Don’t bother eating things that you don’t really like but are available. Save your sweet picks for things that you really want to eat or things that you only eat this time of year.

Limit the variety around you. If chocolate or cookies are your weakness, stock your home with only one flavor at a time. If you’re eating out, avoid multi-dessert buffets where you’re tempted to sample many kinds of desserts.

Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do. Instead of thinking about the treats you are not going to eat, think about what you are doing to do instead.  Eat a piece of fruit or drink some water instead.

The holidays are about more than food so plan activities and new traditions to keep the focus off of all the treats and food. Most of all enjoy this time of year with family and friends!

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