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“Everything you do doesn’t have to be centered around food;” Managing holiday eating

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Tis the season for eating. The holiday season is filled with opportunities to celebrate, but for some, they’re chances to fall off track.

“Everything you do doesn’t have to be centered around food,” explained Lisa Krozier.

Krozier is a team leader at Weight Watchers and a former member herself. She knows the struggle of trying to stay healthy during the holidays, and suggests tips for getting around so-called “food pushers” and to sneak in extra activity.

“Current research shows the average American only really gains a pound every year during, between Thanksgiving and New Years, so it’s not as much as people think,” Krozier said.

“Keep the celebrations on the celebrations and the rest of the days are regular days.”

Krozier suggests incorporating exercise into your holiday shopping, by parking father away from stores, or making trips back to the car after every purchase.

If you anticipate family pushing food on you, Krozier says to keep this tip on hand.

“If you have a little, make a big deal about it, ask them for the recipe and tell them how amazing it was. If you don’t want to eat it right there, take it home so you can have it another day and let them know you appreciate how special it was. That’s what they’re looking for.”

Most of all, instead of looking for excuses or chances to escape the family dinner,  look for opportunities to make memories.

“If you had a choice of having the biggest most amazing feast by yourself or having a can of beans with the people you love, which would you chose? And when you think of that, it reminds you that it’s about being thankful for the things you love.”

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