Beginning Halloween and spanning until January 1st, the last few months of the year can turn into a food/party/drinking overload. We get it! Friends and family are in town and the best way to celebrate is with food.

 

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To keep the good times going without overindulging, the FREC team came up with a list of five ways to enjoy the holidays without expanding your waistline.

 

Prepare

Think of the words of Benjamin Franklin’s phrase “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” A prepared meal plan is the first key to success. Cook your food for the week so you won’t be tempted to stop by a fast food place.

 

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When Dining out ALWAYS Order FIRST

With this little secret, not only do you set the tone of the whole dining experience.

You’re less likely to submit to order envy.

 

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Have Healthy Snacks At All Times

Before falling into a tempting food situation, always have a snack on you. Nuts or a piece of fruit is good to keep in your car.

 

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Holiday Party. (Danger! Danger! Danger!)

One key survival tool is to have a small meal before the party. Have all conversations away from the food and drink plenty of water.

 

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Holiday Spirits

Not willing to risk being labeled a social misfit? Try drinking cranberry juice in a shot glass. Also, remember the 2 to 1 rule: For every glass of alcohol, drink two glasses of water.

 

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The Holidays are filled with love, joy, family, and life long memories.

Enjoy, be safe, but most of all use the 5 to Survive.

 

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Kyla Heat

Kyla’s family and friends describe her as a walking Encyclopedia when it comes to everything pop culture, beauty, fitness and fashion. Kyla knew she wanted to be a writer when she began writing short stories and poems for her family. A true Michigander at heart, Kyla graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism and attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts. Along the way, she has interviewed everyone from, Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Jack Kevorkian, Robert Kennedy Jr., Joel Osteen, Russell Simmons and Wiz Khalifa. After a stint working at a psychic shop and producing shows for an all talk radio station on iHeartRadio, Kyla landed at The Detroit News, working as an editorial assistant and reporter. She worked at PBS Detroit, as a social media manager before joining the Urban Content Studios team. When she is not writing, Kyla likes to spend time with family, shop and compete in fitness bikini competitions.

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