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Guest Posting: Top 10 Ways to Fight The Battle of the Bulge over the Holidays

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Guest Posting: Top 10 Ways to Fight
The Battle of the Bulge over the Holidays

Thanksgiving is the launching pad for more than a month filled with holiday parties, cocktails, festive holiday foods and celebrations. Mother of 3, Sheila Kemper Dietrich is also an inventor of Livliga and Kidliga, portion control dishware for adults and children. Both are designed to address healthy eating habits through right-sized dishes and subtle styling to guide recommended serving sizes. According to Sheila,  there’s no need to undo an entire year of healthy habits and weight loss during the holiday season. So here now are her  Top 10 Ways To Fight The Battle of the Bulge over the Holidays.

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1. HAVE THE PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE

#1 - Party at your house

This way, you can make sure you have a healthy selection to serve up, control portion sizes, and keep beverage pours in check. Your friends and family will thank you, since most people want to be healthy around the holidays but have too many distracting temptations. Show them that delicious and right-sized options can be good and good for you!

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2. BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS
AND LOW CALORIE APPETIZERS

#2 - Bring your own drinks

Different party hosts stock vastly different selections of beverages. 1 cup of eggnog can pack upwards of 406 calories, whereas a 5 ounce serving of white wine is only around 120 calories.

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3. SET A TIME LIMIT

#3 - set time limit

Knowing what time to leave the party before you arrive is an easy trick to keep you from overstaying, overeating and overindulging – and that applies to both food and alcohol.

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4. EAT BEFORE YOU GO

#4 - eat before you go

Never go starving to a party. It is a sure-fire guarantee you will over eat. Eating ahead can be as simple as an apple and a big glass of water; or if the party doesn’t start until later, go ahead and eat a light and healthy dinner like soup or a salad. Then you can enjoy a glass of wine or dessert at the party.

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5. DRINK A GLASS OF WATER
BETWEEN COCKTAILS

#5 - drink water in between drinks

This is a great way to pace yourself and will help you feel full. It also keeps down your overall calorie count by limiting alcoholic drinks while keeping your hands occupied so you aren’t as likely to snag a snack. Another added plus: it helps prevent that next day bloat and lethargy from too many alcoholic drinks.

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6. FILL ONE PLATE, INCLUDING DESSERT

#6 - fill one plate, including dessert

Remember to balance your plate with colorful, diverse, healthy items and don’t overfill. Absolutely choose foods you will enjoy. REMINDER: Don’t go back for seconds.

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7. DRESS UP

#7 - Dress up

Dressing up will maximize your awareness and desire to look and feel your best. Feeling attractive will make you more in control and able to resist tempting foods or drinks.

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8. MAKE A PACT WITH A FRIEND

#8 - Make a pact with a friend

Before you go to the party, agree to a plan with your friend on how much you want to eat or drink and when you want to leave. Decide ahead of time if it’s okay to say something if your friend is straying off track or what the “code” is for a friendly reminder to help each other stay connected to the game plan.

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9. BAKE SINGLE SERVING ITEMS LIKE
BARS, COOKIES OR MUFFINS

#9 - Bake single serving items

Research new recipes on health-centric websites to pick healthier versions of your favorites. Don’t forget to stick to the recommended serving sizes. Livliga Home has healthy and extremely delicious recipes perfect for the holiday season. Holiday giving never tasted or felt so good!

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10. GET THE WHOLE FAMILY INVOLVED

#10 - Get the whole family involved

Kids tend to overindulge over the holidays as well so it’s  never too early to start teaching them about healthy eating choices. Kidliga dinnerware and its award-winning storybook serve as a guide to teaching your children about right sizing portions and creating balanced meals in a fun and interactive way. Learn more at www.LivligaHome.com. Holiday foods on Kidliga plates—a perfect combination!

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How do you manage the holiday weight gauntlet?

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Sheila Kemper Dietrich is the Founder and CEO of Livliga, award-winning author and mother of 3. This entrepreneur is the inventor of Livliga portion-control dishware, serveware and glassware for adults. She has also created Kidliga, portion-control dishware for children with Moonbeam award-winning children’s storybook, Sammie & Sax in the Land of Quinoa: The Search for a Balanced Meal. The book and accompanying dishware are a fun, engaging, well-designed teaching tool for families focused on creating healthy living habits for life. Personally benefiting with her and her family’s weight loss from the concepts integrated into Livliga, she has become a great advocate for its efficacy in living a healthy lifestyle. Sheila now enjoys sharing what she has learned through her blog, tweeting and public conversations. Nothing better than sharing and learning!

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