Happy Holidays!

If you were Santa, you would be recovering from a major binge eating episode Sunday morning. Granted, the big guy probably burns a lot of calories carrying that pack, driving his sleigh and jumping up and down chimneys but just how many cookies does he eat on Christmas Eve? Here is the math:

About 95% of Americans celebrate Christmas every year, according to a recent Gallup poll. Currently, that means there are about 74,000,000 families with children under the age of 18 celebrating Christmas in the United States. If Santa ate just one cookie at each of those households that would equal 5.5 billion calories (in round terms, pardon the pun) – that’s 1.6 million pounds of overeating – or enough calories to feed 2 people for a whole year 🙂

Fortunately, for the rest of us, eating over the Holidays isn’t that big of a binge episode… although sometimes we feel like we ate enough calories to feed two people for the next year. If you follow just a few of these tips, you can be sure to enjoy the holidays with no guilt.

1. At a holiday party, choose nibbles that are special. These means, pass on the chips and dip and go for great-grannies special cheese and nut ball – that she only makes once a year and is planning on taking the recipe with her when she enters the Pearly Gates. Pass on any kind of item that is prepackaged and/or store bought and go for the homemade fare.

2. Make sure to take at least 30 minutes out of your day to participate in some type of physical activity. Even a round of Dance Party or Wii Olympic Sports counts!

3. If you are planning on attending an evening event with lots of food and drink, consider eating lightly during the day. Stick with fruit, low fat dairy and vegetables for breakfast and lunch, eat enough that you are not starving before the party.

4. Make sure you are drinking enough water. Aim for 6 to 8 glasses a day, maybe more before and after indulging in alcohol. That hangover headache is caused by dehydration.

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Hi! I'm Heather: a body positivity, Health at Every Size dietitian. When I'm not blogging about wellness, I'm spending time with my fabulous family. Sometimes, they wear me out, so then it's time to bake, read, knit, tie myself into a yoga pose, or continue to work my first novel... stay tuned.