Last week I was watching a cooking segment on TV, when the anchor suspiciously questioned the chef about how much heavy cream she was putting into the recipe. The chef replied gleefully, "It's the holidays!" As much as I hate to say this (hello...I'm the nutrition editor for a healthy food magazine), she kind of has a point. Healthy eating just isn't as cool during the holidays as it is other times of year (um, January!). Gluttonous temptations lurk everywhere.
So before you embark on your calendar full of social events that revolve around eating and drinking, arm yourself with these stay-slim strategies.
Temptation: Your mom makes delicious, straight-to-the-hips holiday treats.
How to beat it: It would hurt your mom's feelings if you turned down her famous baked goodies! Instead, plan for it. Studies suggest that feeling deprived-even if you are consuming plenty of calories-can actually trigger overeating. Making any