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Yule Countdown: Keeping the Pounds Away

By December 7, 2013

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Get ready for Yule!
Try these tips to keep your
weight under control at Yule.
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One of the things many people hate about the Yule season is the constant access to food. There are holiday parties at work, with family, you'll go to a coven get-together, two or three friends have Yule potlucks, and by the time it's over you're twenty pounds heavier, and miserable. I get it, really. We've all had to go out in January and buy bigger pants.

This time of year it's tempting to eat, because not only is there food everywhere, but we also feel a bit bad if we don't at least try something. No one wants to offend Aunt Sue by not sampling her peppermint cheese cake... even if it's the third one we've eaten that night. So, in the interest of not packing on the extra pounds over the next few weeks, I offer this: Watching Your Weight at Yule.

Got some helpful tips of your own on how to avoid the holiday food binge? Share your suggestions for healthy Yule eating in our Comments section!

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December 27, 2008 at 5:49 pm
(1) Artistic Mystic says:

The days between the solstice and January 1st are the only time of the year I allow myself to eat as much as I want without feeling guilty, but if you really go too far it can leave you feeling miserable, not to mention dumpy. So when you’re going to a party, eat a small snack before you go–an apple, some crackers, things like that. When you’re at the party, use the smallest place you can find and only get a small bit of each thing that looks good–if you’re not sure you’ll like something but feel bad about trying it, only get enough for a couple of bites.

If you’re hosting a party, do yourself and your guests a favor by serving bite-sized snacks with small saucers, that way you and they will eat less, and everyone’s happy.

Also, if available, drink a glass of water between each glass of wine, punch, egg nog, etc. that you have. Water fills you up with no calories, plus it’s great for your skin :)

Above all, don’t feel bad about how much you’re eating! Remind yourself that January 1st is X days away and the parties and constant eating will stop. Keep the stress off and you’ll feel better.

December 7, 2010 at 12:16 am
(2) Lune says:

Good food is a speical part of it,I say gobble-up,it’s not like your going to gain that much weight,and you have a whole year to lose what you do gain.Enjoy life,and that food…YUM !

December 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm
(3) Kalani says:

If I’m going to a party, I have a healthy carb snack before I go, a few whole wheat crackers and low fat cheese with some kind of juice or green tea. Then I look for appetizers with veggie and fruit themes and I take my time sipping my limit of (1) glass of wine (for the evening)..I keep in mind I’m there to enjoy friends NOT eat. This strategy usually works for me

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