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6 strategies to avoid a sugar crash at holiday gatherings

How does your calendar look these days?

Is it filled with holiday gatherings, parties, cookie exchanges and other food-focused festivities? If so, here are some simple strategies to help you really enjoy your gatherings and avoid the sugar spike ... and crash!

1. Make all your choices conscious ones.

If you are at a gathering and decide to eat more than you usually would, that's your choice. Know that there maybe consequences, and let that be ok.

2. If you are going to someone else's home, eat before you go.

Have a good balance of proteins, fats, and carbs so that you are not overly hungry when you get there. Don't "starve" yourself all day, or "save up your calories." That really doesn't make sense if you think about it.

3. Drink water before the meal begins.

Sip small amounts of your beverage during the meal but try not to drink too much (of anything) during or immediately after the meal. It dilutes your digestive juices.

4. If you choose to enjoy sugary sweets, really enjoy them.

Notice the taste, the sweetness, and then be done.

5. Before you take that first bite, take a few slow deep breaths and then chew, chew, chew your food.

This is the only way you can properly digest that scrumptious food. Really taste and appreciate those wonderful flavors. This will also help your digestive system work more effectively.

6. When you get home, stay hydrated and move your body.

Take a walk, go to the gym, or just simply move - even a little. Your body, heart, mind, and spirit will thank you.

And speaking of thank you's ...

If you went to someone's home, take a few minutes to send them a note of thanks - on real paper, with a pen, and a stamp on the envelope. Thank you cards are a dying art, but they are so very appreciated.

Happy Holidays!

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