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Want to lose 7 -10 pounds? The best way is NOT to gain it over the holidays!

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Holiday diet

The holidays are not only notorious for long lines, major traffic, and familial tiffs, but also with super-rich foods, overindulgence, and lower activity levels. The latter adds up and becomes part of what we all dread: holiday weight gain.

6. Don't try and start a new diet during the holidays

That just screams binge! You will only be setting yourself up for disappointment, resentment, and depression. You get that enough from your family members, you don't need that from yourself. Stay healthy, but don't be too restrictive.

7. Remember: Holidays are days

Yes, days. Not weeks, not months, but days. Treat them that way. Enjoy yourself on the particular holiday, but then go right back to your normal healthy eating plan. Just because it's the day before, the day before Christmas Eve, doesn't mean it's a holiday!

8. Take time for you

It goes without saying that this season is all about stress! Between trying to shop, worrying about what your Aunt Tilly is going to say about your new choice of career, trying to schedule in all your holiday parties along with your kids' plays and concerts and still dealing with day-to-day stressors, it is important that you take some time for yourself.

Schedule a massage, buy a new book, treat yourself to a yoga studio membership, learn to meditate, whatever. Find something that will curb your stress that is not eating! This is the EASIEST time to turn to food for comfort. There is a ton around and it is all super-indulgent. Give yourself another method to deal with stress; you more than deserve it!

9. Give (or ask for) the gift of health

Gym memberships, exercise equipment, athletic apparel or shoes, gift certificates to a spa or personal trainer, etc.

There are many "health" related gifts that you can give or ask for that would help someone you love or yourself stay healthy all year long.

It will give a great jump-start to those New Year's Resolutions that we normally give up by February. Make a commitment to your body and teach others to do the same.

10. Eat, drink, and be merry!

It can't be said enough. This is a season that is full of joy, love, and many good things if you let it be just that. Let your body and mind tell you what it needs, wants, and can do without.

Live a little, but don't go overboard if it is only going to make you miserable the next day. It is supposed to be fun and it will be if you stay true to yourself and your needs.

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