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Step Lightly In To the New Year!

Posted by admin on Tue, Dec 13, 2011

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Anita's Healthy Tips anitas_healthy_tips

How many parties/holiday events are you attending this season? Are you done with your shopping or have you not even started yet? Do you have a plan for what to do when you are faced with all nature of sweet treats and drinks?

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, I’d like to offer some tips on maintaining your weight as you shop and attend parties throughout the holidays this year.

Parties and Events:

-  plan to ask for water first thing - there are so many ways in which we dehydrate ourselves from soda to alcohol, so water is an excellent way to start the evening

-  plan to eat a snack beforehand ( and make sure you have these items at home )- avocado, thin slices of turkey or chicken, nuts

-  if you are having alcohol, there are 2 things that come to mind for calories and for keeping a clear head

          1. have a wine spritzer  (cuts calories in half)

          2. for every wine or cocktail you consume have a glass of club soda in between

-  look over the buffet table before it’s your turn to grab a plate; see what is being offered so that you know what you will put on your plate

-  small plates are better than large if you have a choice

-  look for vegetables, green salad and protein and have those occupy the most space on your plate

-  if anything else looks good, use it like a condiment - a little taste - that way you wont be depriving ourself and you’ll be making smarter choices

-  if dessert is on the menu, share it with a friend or a spouse!

-  an honest question to ask yourself at intervals throughout the night : is this decision (re: food, seconds, thirds, drinks) in alignment with the kind of person I want to be?


When are we tempted to eat on the run? When we’re tired and hungry!

Shop early in the day -  after breakfast is a great plan.

Late afternoon shopping, after work, is probably the worst plan ever in my opinion - UNLESS you have eaten something beforehand.

Make plans to take a day off and shop or go early on a Sat. or Sunday before it gets so crowded. After dinner shopping is another option.

Whenever you do go, make sure that your stomach is satisfied before you walk out the door!

And remember that if you stop for coffee, get a coffee - not a dessert!  Starbuck’s #1 selling holiday drink is the Peppermint Mocha, weighing in at 470 calories for a 16 oz. cup!!


Anita Capizzi, RN, CHC, is a Certified Health Coach at National Integrated Health Associates and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her philosphy is to meet people where they are and upgrade their level of holistic nutrition and wellness.


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