Whether you're trying to stick to a diet or just trying to not overdo it TOO much this holiday season, Sarah from Well + Fit has some pointers on how to combat all the holiday treats.

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It's TOTALLY normal to indulge a little extra around the holidays - there's something special about enjoying delicious food with family and friends while celebrating the magic of the season. Unfortunately, the holiday luncheons, parties and treats lying around your home and office can make it more difficult to stick to your diet or practice moderation. I mean, who can eat just ONE cookie?!

Instead of stressing over counting calories or depriving yourself, Sarah suggests using Pinterest to find some easy holiday swaps for baking like substituting coconut oil instead of butter so you get some healthy fats (and really luscious hair!). Or, if you're tackling the buffet table, fill up on veggies and protein before adding in the carbs. You're less likely to overeat if your belly is a bit more full. Another easy way to prevent overeating is to drink a couple glasses of water before you sit down to eat or before you hit the holiday party circuit - not only is water essential for your body, dehydration causes feelings of hunger. Plus, the extra water helps you from feeling like you're totally starved.

However, the best holiday food hack is to simply be mindful and practice moderation. Try a small piece of each dessert, eat a couple cookies your kids made or have a little extra of your Grandma's famous mashed potatoes, but don't overdue it! Eat slowly, savor the food, and enjoy being around your favorite people and favorite foods - without feeling like you need to change immediately into sweats when you leave.

Wishing you and yours the happiest and healthiest holiday this year!

This post is sponsored by Well + Fit in Mattapoisett, MA! Call Sarah today if you are looking for a more personal approach to your fitness and wellness goals. 

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