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Defeat Your Holiday Sweet Tooth with This Advice

By Virginia Laird

Like many others, during the holiday season I tend to make every excuse in the book to allow myself to consume all the goodies that my sweet tooth desires. This is not a healthy decision to make. As if fighting your cravings is not enough, indulging in too much sugar can lead to a host of health issues, including weight gain and diabetes. Rather than finding that you have packed on the pounds after the holidays have gone, experts suggest you attempt to control your sweet tooth. While this can prove to be quite the challenge, there are a few things you can do to help, including: 

  • Make time to exercise
  • Choose your treats wisely
  • When you bake, find someone to share your goodies with

Make Time to Exercise

Making time to exercise can help you control your cravings for all things sweet. This is partly because as you see progress through exercise, you will enjoy it and have less desire to undo your hard work. Another way exercise can help is that it can serve as a distraction from your cravings of sweets. Health and wellness experts suggest that when you begin to feel the sweet tooth trying to take over, this is a great time to head to the gym. Staying busy can help prevent you from giving in to cravings.

Choose Your Treats Wisely

Enjoying sweet treats throughout the holiday season is all about making wise choices. Health and wellness experts advise that finding a sweet treat with a low calories and low fat can help you manage your weight as well as your cravings throughout Christmas time. If you find you are constantly surrounded by treats that are not the best choice, it can be helpful to bring your own treat along to share. This can ensure you have a healthy alternative to enjoy while partying with friends.  

When You Bake, Find Someone to Share Your Goodies With

Each year, during the holiday season, I get the urge to bake. I simply love the smell of pumpkin bread, peppermint cupcakes, and a variety of other treats filling my home. If you are anything like me, you may also have the desire to consume each treat. Health and wellness experts suggest those who love to bake should always plan on sharing their treats with others. This can keep you from eating too much. The next time you get the desire to bake sweet treats, make a list of those you can share with before you ever mix. Having this plan before you start can help you make sure to not consume too much.

Good luck with managing your sweet tooth this season! Happy holidays!

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