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Spring is in the air! With it comes celebration of Easter, Passover, Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day –  and the list goes on.

Many of us mark these occasions with high calorie/high fat meals and it can feel like we have no choice but to indulge and sabotage our intentions to eat healthy.

With some planning ahead, you can have some of the party goodies, stay the course, and not feel cheated out of the holiday fun.

Here are some ideas to try:

  • Eat breakfast – some studies show that eating breakfast helps prevent overeating later in the day
  • Eat a healthy snack before you go – you won’t be hungry when you arrive and this may help curb your appetite for the party temptations
  • Stand or sit more than an arm’s length away from the munchies – you won’t be tempted to grab some every time your hand is empty
  • Fill your plate with low calorie items first – take generous portions of leafy green salads, vegetables, and lean proteins, and smaller servings of the calorie rich foods. This strategy enables you to eat a larger amount of food with fewer calories. You’ll feel full and not deprived of some of your favorites.
  • Eat a sugar free mint or brush your teeth – when you’ve had your fill, the minty feeling of a fresh mouth may help curb additional noshing
  • Be selective with your indulgences – instead of wasting calories on foods you can have any time, pick items that are special and unique to the occasion

Finally, keep in mind that deprivation doesn’t work for most people.  Plan in advance to eat a little more at this time of year, when you face frequent temptations. This way you can savor your favorite holiday foods and you’ll be less likely to binge.  Skip your morning latte, eliminate your afternoon snack, or increase your workout time to make up for it.

Happy Spring!

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