3 Ways to Survive the Holidays

Holiday parties, spiked eggnog and turkey with all the trimmings is the most wonderful time of year that can be a potential diet and exercise minefield. Prevent your hard work from going to waste and still enjoy all the best this season has to offer with these holiday-hazard solutions. 
Problem: You know that your grandmother would be heart broken if you didn't accept a piece of her homemade cheesecake, so instead of arguing, you let her serve you a giant slice. 
Solution: Sometimes even well-meaning relatives don't see how uncomfortable they make you feel by relentlessly pushing foods that doesn't fit with your lifestyle. A simple “I'm full” should usually suffice, but if you decline twice and are still subject to an earful, it may just be best to listen to your grandmother lecture you. Downing hundreds of extra calories won't benefit you, and taking the piece and picking at it may be considered even ruder than turning it down in the first place. 
Problem: While visiting your parents, you have found a local gym and planned a few workouts. On your way out the door, your mother guilt trips you about not “spending time with the family.” You reluctantly put your Nikes away. 
Solution: When exercise is part of your daily routine, those who don't share your passion for fitness may think of your choice as selfish. Calmly explain that exercise is an important part of your life, and in one hour you will come back energized and ready to hang out and have some family fun. A second solution to prevent arguments all together is by scheduling your workouts early in the morning before anyone gets up.  
Problem: You have been invited to many holiday parties, and although the thought of seeing friends and family excites you, you decline because you fear that there will be nothing for you to eat when you arrive. 
Solution: Don't let fat-gain fear cause you to miss out on a good time, your weight can be maintained while you mingle! Offer to bring in a few healthy appetizers, and if there is a meal involved, pack a party-sized container of a favorite protein-packed dish that can be substituted for your entrée. If the host is an acquaintance and you don't want to seem picky, try using a blanket “food sensitivity” reason to explain why you will be carrying Tupperware around.