During the holiday season, it seems like a girl can't go anywhere without being confronted by a festive platter of cheese or a glass of eggnog. Is there any way to celebrate the holiday season without having to work off those "festive" pounds come January? We asked a few nutrition and fitness experts for ways to reward yourself without falling prey to holiday weight gain so the only extra stress you'll face will be your in-laws and airport pat-downs.
1. Give Yourself a Non-Food Treat
"Since when does 'treat" equal 'eat'?" asks nutritionist Ashley Koff. "Focus on the 'tr' in 'treat' with ideas such as: try a new type of massage (I love Thai massage), trek with a friend and go for a hike through the snow. trim your hair and get a fresh new hairstyle or trade off some errands with your spouse."Related: Hollywood Weight-Loss Secrets
2. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Seasonal Fruits
"I know you are surrounded by cookies, candies and cakes, but also surround yourself with the sweet and succulent fruits of the season," says Veronica Bosgraaf, founder of Pure Bar. "I love pomegranate, dried cranberries, sweet pears, oranges with cloves, and baked apples with cinnamon!"
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"It is very easy to pack on extra pounds over the holidays," says fitness expert Kathy Kaehler. "It seems that preparing for all of the festivities invades our gym time. To keep your weight at bay and your energy balanced, make your exercise routine a priority. Keep it in your calendar just like an appointment. Get it done in the morning because you will find too many excuses not to exercise later on during the day. If you can't make it to the gym, walk up and down your stairs, power walk around your neighborhood or dust off that old piece of equipment and get moving. Your body will thank you and you hopefully won't be making that redundant New Year's resolution again."
How are you planning to treat yourself this holiday season?
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