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Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain - Part 2



Jacqui holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Medical College and is licensed by New York State and Connecticut. In addition, she has completed an advanced training program in Functional Clinical Nutrition with Designs for Health Institute. Jacqui has been in private practice as a Functional Nutritionist since 1996 and treats clients around the world in her virtual practice.



Choose your parties wisely.  When the season begins and the invites start rolling on in, it’s time to make a plan!

  • Try not to schedule too many social events in a row.  Do you really need to attend every party that comes your way?   Consider the long-term effects and space them out if possible.  Pick the best and “just say no” to the rest.
  • Never go to the party hungry.  Have a mini meal before you go and you will have much less of a desire to eat unwanted calories.  One of the best combinations is a hard-boiled egg, 8 ounces of water and a small apple. You will be satisfied without being full.  Now you will have lots more time to socialize!
  • Arrive fashionably late.  You’ll miss most of the high calorie hors d’oeuvres and the crudités’ will be all yours. 
  • Don’t ever stand or sit near the food table – Yikes!  This is a sure-fire recipe for a mindless-eating disaster.  Even if you are not hungry, the act of eating is contagious.
  • Put the emphasis on socializing and off eating.  Plus It’s way easier and much more fun to talk to people when you don’t have a mouthful of food.
  • Choose healthier options.  Instead of high-calorie foods like cheeses, dips and fried foods, opt for healthier goodies like crudités’, fresh fruit, sushi and shrimp cocktail.
  • Indulge in a small portion of one really decadent treat.  This way you will not feel deprived or set yourself up for a “pity binge” later on.  Make sure to chew slowly and savor every bite of your guilt-free splurge.
  • Change your palate.  As soon as you are done eating, stick a strong breath mint in your mouth.  This completely changes your palate and you will no longer have the urge to eat just for the sake of eating. 
  • Don’t forget to “Shake that Booty”!  Dancing is by far the most fun way to avoid excess eating while also burning fat and calories.  So instead of being a stuffed wallflower, aim for being the life of the party and you’ll stay slim all season long!