Resolve to make smart food and drink choices this holiday season

By Christine Rivers - Program Coordinator, Regional Community YMCA
Putnam - posted Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
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Kindness, generosity and gentle spirits always bring a happy close to the year as we prepare for the next. What is it about December that brings out the best in everyone? Could it be the extra time with family? Holiday foods we share with friends and colleagues? The egg nog? The champagne? The Buche de Noel?

The things that bring us joy in December are the same things we resolve to avoid in January! Perhaps this is the year to avoid the New Year's Eve guilt and get a jump start on those resolutions now. A frequently cited study of 3,000 British and American adults conducted by Professor Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire in England found that only 12 percent of people making New Year's resolutions actually keep them.

This year, increase your odds of New Year's success. Resolve to make December a healthier month so you start 2014 without the extra weight from the holiday season. It might not be easy! After all, there's temptation everywhere you turn: The plate of cookies at work, the holiday brunch, the glass of wine at the neighborhood open house. December is a month of small bites that can add up quickly.

Resolve to make smart food and drink choices in December. When you're at a party, take everything in moderation. One cookie, one cocktail, one small plate of appetizers. At home, take extra care to fill your plate with healthy foods so that party dining has less of an impact on your day-to-day calorie count.

People who care about us love to show it with food during the holidays, but it's okay to be gracious and decline a second helping of "love." The next time someone asks, "Do you want whipped cream with that?" resolve to say, "No, thanks." The whipped cream's feelings won't be hurt.

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season, and the strength to start the new year right!

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