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How can I survive special events without piling on the pounds?

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How can I survive special events without piling on the pounds?
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Special events can be tough if you're watching your weight. But you don't have to do the unthinkable and avoid treats all together!

Chocolate temptations

At Easter, leave larger eggs with sweets hidden inside on the supermarket shelves and opt for smaller ones (usually aimed at children) instead. That way you'll only chomp through 550 calories - rather than a whopping 1900 - which can be burned off with about an hour of swimming, tennis, walking or aerobics.

Roast dinners

If you're one of the many families who enjoy a roast turkey dinner at Christmas or Easter, don't fret - you don't have to watch everyone else tuck in while you chew on a lettuce leaf. Just make some sensible changes to your roast.

Turkey is one of the healthiest meat options; just avoid the skin.

Fill your plate with vegetables, and ditch the yorkshire puddings for a whole wheat roll.

If you can't resist potatoes, have mashed rather than roasted - just bypass the butter and mix with parsnip and carrots instead.

The buffet table

Parties at any time of year are usually accompanied by a bulging buffet table. When you're watching your weight it can sometimes be tough to tell the bad foods from the healthy foods. Try to steer clear of high-fat foods such as salted peanuts, cheese (such as brie or cheddar), mayonnaise, and cakes.

Instead aim for the low-fat options like rice crackers, sandwiches without mayonnaise, and salsa dip.

A good tip is to eat healthily at home before going to the party, so that you're not hungry and tempted to overeat when you get there.

For the kids

Make a point of stocking up on healthier snacks for the holidays.

Let the kids snack on fruit with yogurt, whole wheat sandwiches, crunchy celery sticks and crackers with cheese as well as their favorite chocolate and chips. You can balance nutrition with treats, by filling them up first with the healthy stuff.

Special events like Christmas and Easter can be just as exciting for them without them pigging out on high-fat snacks. Most importantly, remember to set a good example yourself!


Alcohol is packed with calories, so don't be tempted to have a few drinks as a substitute for enjoying your favorite snacks. You could still put on weight and have a nasty hangover the next day!

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