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Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

#FlashbackFriday with one of my favorite childhood Easter treats.

When I sat down to type up this recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Easter Eggs, I really had to think….Are they Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs or Peanut Butter Chocolate Easter Eggs?  What comes first – the chicken or the egg? After much debate with The Husband where he created several of his own names, we both agreed that even though these eggs have more peanut butter than chocolate, chocolate has to come first.  This is a recipe that my mom used to make us as kids as Easter with a modern update lightening up the frosting and replacing the Crisco with Coconut Oil. She would let us go to town with our really awesome decorating skills then convinced us to give away our creations to everyone.  You can see my skills haven’t improved too much over the years but I still love making them.  You could probably put some of your own touches on this recipe adding in rice crispies for crunch, sprinkles for color, coconut, chocolate drizzles…there are endless options when you go to decorate your Easter Eggs this year.

The peanut butter inside is so velvety that it literally melts in your mouth as the chocolate melts on your hands.  The coconut oil adds an extra layer of decadence while the frosting looks like it’s there for decoration. But, let’s be honest, it’s there because who doesn’t love licking the frosting off the top.

Happy Easter all!

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER EASTER EGGS (print it!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted (a 1 lb box)
  • 8 oz milk or dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • frosting, optional – recipe below

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Using a mixer or stand mixer, cream together peanut butter, condensed milk, sea salt and vanilla for about 1 minute until combined.  Turn speed to low and mix in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time.  As you get to the last cup the mix will become very firm.  If needed, pour everything onto the counter top and knead in the remaining powdered sugar until it’s mixed through.  The mixture should be firm, but, not sticky.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Scoop 1 tablespoon balls out of the peanut butter mix and make egg shapes setting each one on the wax paper.  Once complete, freeze for 1 hour or put in the fridge to chill for several hours.
  3. Fill the bottom pan of a double boiler with hot water or fill a medium sauce pan half full with water.  Place the top pan of the double boiler or use a bowl on top of the sauce pan.  Pour in chocolate and coconut oil.  Heat over medium low heat until the chocolate is melted.  Turn heat off then remove eggs from freezer.
  4. Use a fork and spoon to dunk one egg at a time coating in chocolate then use the fork to shake off excess chocolate and place back on the cookie sheet. You will need to whisk the chocolate and occassionally reheat to keep it thin in between eggs.  Repeat until all eggs are coated.  Chill the chocolate covered eggs for one hour then decorate with flowers, squiggles, names or however you like.  Store in the fridge.

Makes 44 small eggs for 6 smartpoints each

Nutritional information per egg (excluding frosting)

NOTE:  I list the frosting recipe separately and do not include the nutrition above for two reasons.  You may not want to decorate your eggs and you will only use about 1/2 of the recipe below.

EASY VANILLA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING (print it!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup softened butter with salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp 1% milk
  • food coloring, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients beating on slow speed.  Once mixed, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Divide evenly into as many bowls as you want to make colors and add desired number of drops to achieve the color, about 3-5 drops works.  I made 5 colors: pink, yellow, green and bowl.  Once I was finished with pink and blue, I combined them to make purple.
  3. Use a ziploc or frosting bag with a small hole cut into it.  Add your decorating tip plus frosting…squeeze and go.

Makes about 2 cups frosting or 32 Tablespoons, 2 SmartPoints per Tablespoon (you probably will only use about 1 tsp or less on each egg)

STEP BY STEP:

Make up the peanut butter filling by mixing the peanut butter, condensed milk, salt, vanilla and powdered sugar until well combined.

Form your “Easter Eggs” by scooping up 1 tbsp balls and making them into egg shapes.  Be sure to place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper to keep them from sticking to the pan.

Chill for 1 hour in the freezer or several hours in the fridge.  When you are ready to dunk your eggs, heat water in your double broiler and add the chocolate/coconut oil over medium low heat.

Once everything is nicely melted, combined and smooth, remove from heat and begin dunking eggs.

I’ll be honest, it’s a bit tricky and you need to work quickly.  Drop you egg, spin it, then, use the fork to shake off the excess chocolate and the spoon to slide it back onto the pan.

I’ll show you my eggs as they are far from perfect the way my Mom’s always turned out.  My decorating skills are just ok, but, my chocolate dunking skills are pretty bad lol.

The way I see it, the extra chocolate at the bottom is a bonus and they do not have to be super smooth as that is what the frosting is for πŸ˜‰

Chill your eggs for 1 hour, make frosting as noted above, and decorate.  Chill for another hour and you are done.

Tadah…..creamy, peanut buttery, chocolately good.  You will not want to share.

But, these eggs are made for sharing….so, place them in some fun Easter muffin cups, add a little Easter grass and maybe some candy like M&M’s or jelly beans for more color and your friends/family will love you forever.

Just be sure to store them in the fridge as they do tend to get soft as they sit out which is kinda how I like to eat them.

You know I have to ask πŸ˜€ ~ What comes first ~ The Peanut Butter or The Chocolate?

Night all!



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The Garden Box

Happy Wednesday all! I am so glad the week is half over and the weekend is almost here. This morning I was up early to start my day with a 36 minute treadmill workout.

Post workout – Healthy Eggroll with 1/2 an orange for 3 WWFreestyle Smartpoints.I stopped for a little liquid motivation to get things checked off my list today on my drive in.

Tall nonfat cappuccino with caramel on the side (2 sp).My coworker and I had a walking lunch meeting at Wok of Flame today meaning we walked 20 minutes to / from to ‘earn’ our lunch as we caught up.

Won ton soup (2 sp)3 homemade chicken potstickers for 5 sp.Then, you all won’t believe it but I was craving beef!! I ordered the Mongolian beef with all steamed veggies (no rice or noodles) – success! (9 sp)This afternoon they put out seedlings for us to take home. I picked tomato, cucumber and bell pepper. I am totally planting our garden this weekend now.This also reminded me I forgot to show you all the cute garden box The Husband made for my office with some of the veggies we grow the seeds for. (Love)Dinner tonight was fast, simple and delicious allowing for plenty of time to watch Survivor.

BLTAs – 1 slice Nature’s Own Butter bread, 1/4 mashed avocado, tomato slices, salt, pepper, greens and 2 pieces Trader Joe’s 1 point bacon.

So, so good I didn’t miss the other slice of bread (7 sp).23 Daily WWFreestyle Smartpoints, 15K steps

Night all!



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Can blocking a single protein tackle depression, obesity, and pain?

New research finds that a 'highly selective inhibitor' of a single protein can relieve stress, diet-induced obesity, and improve mood in mice.

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Matchy matchy matchy πŸ’• But more importantly, this was the first weekend in NYC which I felt like my old self. I’ve always believed one’s space reflected their mind, and right now my space is clean and organized making me happy. (at Manhattan, New York)
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What causes rapid weight gain?

Most people’s body weight fluctuates over time, but rapid weight gain can sometimes indicate a medical issue. In this article, learn about which conditions can cause rapid weight gain as well as when to see a doctor.

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How to Get Rid of Excess Skin After Weight Loss

Losing weight, and keeping it off, can be hard enough. But many people who achieve their goals of slimming down and finding a healthy weight can then be faced with another frustrating factor: loose, baggy skin left over from their larger selves.

Excess skin isn’t a problem for everyone who diets or steps up their exercise routine. But the more weight you lose, the faster you lose it, and the longer you were overweight, the more likely you are to experience this side effect. Plenty of people who have lost weight come to accept and love their skin and stretch marks. But for others, loose skin—which often occurs around the arms, legs, neck, and midsection—are not only embarrassing, but extremely uncomfortable or even painful.

So what can you do about it? We spoke with Edward Malin, MD, a plastic surgeon with the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Vein Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Here’s what he says works, what doesn’t, and what people should know before they consider surgery.

RELATED: This Woman Lost 312 Pounds—but the Real Change Happened After Her Loose Skin Was Removed

Why do some people have excess skin after weight loss?

In general, skin has some degree of elasticity that allows it to expand and contract around a person’s changing body frame, explains Dr. Malin. But that degree of elasticity is different for everyone and depends partially on their overall health and the health of their skin.

It also depends on how much weight a person loses and how fast they lose it. “We don’t really understand completely why some people’s skin contracts better than others, but we do know that excess skin is a common problem for people who lose more than, say, 20 or 30% of their body weight.”

People who undergo bariatric surgery and lose a large amount of weight all at once are likely to have some excess skin afterward, Dr. Malin says. Women can also experience excess skin around their stomach after losing weight post-pregnancy—especially if they gave birth to multiples.

But excess skin can also happen to people who lose a lot of weight through improved diet and exercise. “We do believe that a slower weight loss is less likely to cause this, because it allows the skin time to contract,” Dr. Malin says. “But we see patients who have lost weight quickly, and patients who have lost weight over time, so there’s really no guarantee.”

RELATED: I Had 7 Pounds of Skin Removed After Major Weight Loss—Here's What You Should Know

Are there non-surgical ways to treat excess skin?

“The short answer is probably not,” Dr. Malin says. “If a patient really wants to get rid of those prominent skin folds that won’t go away no matter how much they exercise or how they eat, there aren’t many non-surgical things that can be done.”

Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated can certainly help keep skin healthy, he says. Not smoking, keeping skin protected from the sun, and using moisturizer are also important for improving skin health and elasticity—which may also improve appearance and help minimize things like wrinkles.

But none of these techniques will get rid of extra skin folds due to weight loss, he says. Nor will specially marketed creams, supplements, or exercises targeted at certain body parts. (Strength training may help build muscle underneath, but it can’t shrink skin that’s already been stretched out.)

RELATED: These Real Women Showed Their Excess Skin to Make an Important Point About Weight Loss

What are the surgical options?

Surgery for removing excess skin, also called skin excision or body contouring, should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. These procedures involve large incisions, so patients are generally put to sleep using general anesthesia.

The extent of the procedure, and the recovery time needed, depends on the body parts involved. Common surgeries for skin excision focus on the abdominal area (abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck), the upper arms (brachioplasty, or arm lift), thighs, breasts (for both women and men), and face and neck. Some patients opt for a full “lower body lift,” Dr. Malin says, which tightens the skin around the thighs and buttocks with an incision that runs around the waist.

Surgeries that involve larger incisions, especially those around the midsection, may require several days in the hospital. On the other hand, a patient undergoing an arm lift could be sent home that same day.

“The recovery time for an arm lift includes compression garments and limited activity—lifting no more than 20 pounds, for example,” he says. Most skin incisions take six to eight weeks to heal, and doctors and patients should follow up closely with each other during this time.

Doctors also won’t perform more than one or two skin excision surgeries at one time, so someone who’s lost weight all over may need multiple surgeries, months or even years apart, to remove all of the excess skin that’s bothering them.

These procedures can be pricey and often aren’t covered by insurance. However, carriers may approve some procedures if doctors and patients can make the case that excess skin folds were causing pain, rashes, or infections.

Some people, in addition to excess skin, also have extra pockets of fat that won’t budge—no matter how much they diet or exercise. In these cases, Dr. Malin says, liposuction (a procedure that removes fatty tissue) can also be performed along with skin excision.

RELATED: 57 Ways to Lose Weight Forever, According to Science

What to know before you consider surgery for excess skin

It’s not a good idea to undergo surgery for excess skin if you’re still in the process of losing weight—or if there’s a good chance you’ll gain it back right away. “We look to see that a patient is at a healthy weight based on their body mass index or based on their lifestyle and how they feel,” Dr. Malin says. “I want a patient to be at that stable weight for about six months since their weight loss, which gives the body time to get back to equilibrium.”

If patients are still overweight or obese even after losing significant weight, a plastic surgeon may refer them to a nutritionist or a personal trainer to help them lose more weight before they address their excess skin. Doctors will also consider patients’ overall health—and may take body measurements and photographs—when determining whether they’re a good candidate for surgery.

Women who might still want to have children should not have any type of skin-removal procedure around their midsection. When a patient gains back weight after skin excision surgery—either because of pregnancy or for other reasons—“the effects can be somewhat unpredictable,” Dr. Malin says. Those effects can include stretch marks, widening of the surgical incision, or fat being distributed in unusual places beneath the skin.

RELATED: 17 Things No One Tells You About Recovering From Childbirth

Body contouring procedures can be performed either in hospitals or in ambulatory surgical centers. “Making sure the facility is accredited and that the doctor is board-certified in plastic surgery is the most important thing,” Dr. Malin says. “And make sure you understand what your surgeon’s goal is: When I meet with patients, I try to articulate, either through photographs or drawings, what I think we can achieve for them.”

As with any type of surgery, there are risks—which should also be discussed with your doctor before you make the decision to proceed. Skin excision surgery can cause swelling and pain, for example, and some patients warn that it’s not the quick fix they expected.

For many other people, however, these procedures can be empowering and life-changing. “We know that this can be an important part of the weight loss journey that helps patients get their lives and their bodies back,” Dr. Malin says.

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I Was Terrified of Having Sex After Losing 70 Pounds

Rachel Smith had been overweight her entire life, and frankly, she didn't really care. She was happy with her body, so she saw no point in trying to lose weight. But in her mid-20s, when she made minor changes that unexpectedly led to major weight loss, Smith was totally blindsided by one of the biggest challenges that came with her new body: a fear of being intimate sexually.

"From 276 to 204 [pounds], I've realized that I'm terrified of intimacy," she wrote on Reddit last month. "Being overweight was a fantastic solution. It was like an instant screening process. It meant that anyone who wanted to be close to me really meant it. And now my screening process is melting away."

RELATED: This Woman Lost 312 Pounds—but She Never Expected This Incredibly Painful Side Effect

Smith tells Health that growing up, she didn't think losing weight was in the cards for her. She gave it a "half-hearted attempt" a few times, but all of the women in her family "run a little bigger," so she figured being overweight was just in her DNA. "Even when I was 5 years old, people would pick me up and they would always be surprised by how heavy I was," she says. 

But that all changed when she got her wisdom teeth out. She couldn't eat solid food for a week, and she lost 20 pounds. "It was horrible. It was the worst experience. But it taught me a really important lesson, and that was I am capable of losing weight. I'm not some genetic anomaly. It's not that I can't do it," she says. 

Smith gained those pounds back as soon as she was able to eat real food again, but shortly after, she downloaded a calorie counting app. She used the app to calculate what her daily calorie intake should be by entering things like her age, gender, current weight, goal weight, activity level, and more. She lost 15 pounds in the first month using the app. Now, she's lost over 70, and she's hoping to keep her weight-loss journey going.

RELATED: How to Figure Out Exactly How Many Calories You Need to Lose Weight, According to a Nutritionist

Getting used to her slimmer body has been exciting, but it's also come with serious challenges. She got catcalled walking down the street for the first time in her life, and she started to notice that attention like that really scared her. Like she said on Reddit, her excess weight used to be her "screening process." Now that was disappearing. 

"In my mind, anyone who still wanted to be my friend, date me, or have sex with me clearly wanted me for who I was inside because they didn't care what I looked like," she says. Looking back, she knows that so-called screening process didn't actually protect her from the rejection and hearbreak she was always so afraid of, she adds, but she just felt safer. 

Smith says she was "terrified" to get back on dating apps following her weight loss, yet after taking all new photos for her profile, she decided she was ready. She put herself out there, and she's really glad she did. "I've always described myself as a confident person, and my confidence has tripled," she says. "Not only am I confident now in what I'm wearing, in my makeup, and in who I am, but I feel good, and I feel like I look good. It's this entirely new type of confidence."

But, contrary to what many might think, that confidence hasn't necessarily made dating any easier. Smith is still really scared of opening up to new people, even 70 pounds lighter.

RELATED: I Lost 100 Pounds In One Year After I Realized Losing Weight Wasn't Going to Make Me Happy

And then there's sex. "It's so different because I feel like I have a completely different person's body," she says. "I move differenly, I experience things differently, I feel differently, and it's all better." She also feels confident in a completely new way. "I'm not worrying about what I look like or feeling attractive. I'm just there, in the moment, with another person."

She says she's been able to stop focusing on herself so much during sex, which has made it way more enjoyable. "I'm not constantly thinking 'Does my stomach look weird at this angle?' or 'I don't want to do this position because I'll squish you.'" 

Don't get her wrong, she was freaking out the first time she took it to the bedroom in her new body. She had no idea what it was going to be like, and again, she was by no means over her fear of opening up to other people. But she found the courage to let go, and it was better than she could have hoped. 

Smith is now in therapy, where she's learning how to develop healthy relationships, both with others and herself. "I'm trying to stop living my life through fear," she says. "Asking for a way to screen out all of the bad people who might come into my life is both impossible and unrealistic, so part of what makes this so hard, and part of what makes this so exciting, is that I'm throwing away the screening process. I don't want to miss out on the good because I'm afraid of the bad." 

RELATED: How to Get Rid of Excess Skin After Weight Loss



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What are the best low-glycemic foods?

The glycemic index (GI) ranks foods based on how their carbohydrates affect blood glucose levels. In this article, we look at some of the best low-GI foods, their benefits, and tips for a low-GI diet.

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Dining Room Makeover: Before and After Photos (Finally!)

I FINALLY have photos of the dining room makeover to show you! I'm going to give the whole rundown of what went into this before I post the before and afters. If you haven't already read it, I suggest reading "The Story of Our Home" before you go through this post. We have a manufactured home (a.k.a. trailer, double wide, whatever you want to call it). First, I REALLY wish that I had good "before" photos. I didn't think this project was going to turn out to be anything big, so I didn't think...

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A bit of success…

Hi all! How was your Tuesday? Today was overall a good day even if it didn’t quite go as planned. I decided to sleep in as I’d head out for a long lunch time walk. I packed my lunch, had my non eggy breakfast and hit the road.

My coworker decided to ditch our companies lunchtime yoga and asked if Jack’s Urban Eats sounded good. Umm, always! At least I got the salmon salad and skipped urban fries. Then, The Husband asked for Fire Wings – he got hooked on this place awhile back when we took our nephew. I picked veggie stix in lieu of fries so there is a bit of success in that too even if I didn’t really cook or workout today.

Tomorrow is a new day and I plan to check off all the boxes on my list!

Daily Snap Recap:B: Oikos Strawberry Triple Zero Greek Yogurt with a banana & strawberries (3 sp)

L: Jack’s Urban Eats Sesame Ginger Salmon Salad (6 sp)

S: Small nonfat cappuccino with caramel on the foam (2 sp)

D: Fire Wings – 5 Boneless Thai Chili Chicken Bites (10 sp), Veggie Sticks with ranch (2 sp)

23 Daily WWFreestyle Smartpoints, 6K steps

Night all!



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December 1, 2018: The Start of a Regain


I'm back for my monthly update and the news isn't good. It looks a whole lot like the start of a massive regain to me.

On November 1, I weighed 178 pounds... my lowest weight this year. Today I am sad to report that I am up ten pounds to 188. Ten pounds in one month. And I know exactly what that ten pounds is made of. Fast food, candy, cookies, carbs, and junk. It's also made of pain, loneliness, anxiety, and tears. The fallout from my car accident has been big, but I know I don't have any real excuse for eating so much all the time. I'm not even trying anymore, to be honest. All doctor's appointments end with a trip through a drive through. All cravings and thoughts for something easy and convenient that I imagine might soothe my feelings for a bit are indulged. Frozen pizzas. Salami sandwiches. Anything my family cooks is eaten without discrimination. Long gone are the days of 1/4 cup of mashed potatoes as a side with meat and vegetables; instead. they are heaped on my plate with abandon, covered in gravy, and devoured. The calm is gone with food. And so is the ability to be satisfied with a bite or a taste. I can eat a heaping bowl full of chips and not get half the satisfaction I used to get with just 5 chips. Everything's changed.

I tried taking phentermine this week and skipping some of the pain meds, but somehow, phentermine did nothing at all. Instead of getting the calm back and reducing my appetite, it did nothing at all, even on the highest dose. But then I kind of knew it would be that way. My peace was taken in that crash and I haven't gotten it back yet, and that is the one essential element to my keeping off the weight.

I don't know what to do, because I honestly have no motivation to stop. Well, other than knowing that if I gain 5 more pounds NONE of my clothes will fit. Literally none. Stuff is tight already. I don't have much more room for failure.

I had to reschedule my counseling appointment this week so didn't get in at all. That didn't help. I did get cleared to start physical therapy next week, which I don't understand HOW I am going to do it without hurting myself, but they're the experts. So we'll see. I don't want to get on the scale anymore. I don't want any vegetables. I just want to sit here and eat everything that anyone brings in, and Christmas is the season for plenty of dropped-off foods. I dunno, sadly, I feel like I just don't care.

I don't know where this is headed (well, I mean, obviously I am either going to stay like I am and keep gaining, or find a way to stop and either maintain or lose), but if I could just finish healing physically and be done with the pain and restrictions, I feel like I'd get my old life... and peace... back.



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Healthy Holiday Eating

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Healthy Holiday Eating

The time from October 31st – January 2nd can be an AWFUL time if you are, like most us, trying to keep the fat off your midsection. Not only are we less active but there is an abundance of food everywhere you go!

Those of us that have done the diet martyr thing know the absolute torture of denying yourself any of that holiday deliciousness and most us also know the feeling of surrender that eventually hits.

You know the one… where you finally cave and eat a brownie decorated with a snowman but that one snowman brownie turns into three and a glass of champagne and a few meatballs and maybe just a couple pieces of pie.

Before you know it you have eaten your weight in gooey treats and the guilt is so intense you give up on dieting entirely for the next three months!
Well, fear no more, with these easy healthy holiday eating tips you will be able to keep steadily losing or maintaining your weight without feeling completely neglected this holiday season.

Healthy Holiday Eating Tip #1 – MOVE!

If you want to eat a little more without gaining weight then you have to move a little more. Weight and fat loss is basically addition and subtraction. Add more calorie burning so you can make up for the added intake of calories!

But have a reality check and be realistic about the amount of leeway you are giving yourself. This means matching your calorie burning with your calorie intake. The more you burn the more room you have to splurge and vice versa.

Take this further and err on more activity. If you haven’t yet, now is a great time to organize and clean the heck out of your house, take stairs where you can, get in for a morning workout to keep your energy levels up throughout the day or even switch up your workouts so you are doing circuit training where one exercise is performed after another. Ok, now we are talking about some extra calories being burned!

Healthy Holiday Eating Tip #2 – Fill Up On Healthy Side Dishes!

Sure there are four different types of butter covered potatoes but I bet your table will also have a vegetable platter, some healthy greens and maybe even some fruit.

If you don’t think it will, it’s your turn to take initiative and show who’s boss. Try some steamed broccoli with cayenne and cajun sprinkled on top to fill in the holiday cheer.

Now take the opportunity to eat the healthy side dishes with a tall glass of water as your appetizer, chances are you will get fuller faster and not be able to stuff yourself with butter-heavy entrees and fattening desserts. Filling up early can give you just the slight space you need to taste your treats without over indulging and regretting it later when you look in the mirror. It’s not worth it right?

Healthy Holiday Eating Tip #3 – Eat Your Morning Meal!

What usually happens to most of us is that the majority of the fancy eating is done in the late afternoon and evening. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that ignoring food in the morning will give you more room to indulge later on. This is faulty logic.

If you start off my starving your body you will trick it and your brain into thinking that you need more food later on and that you need to cling to the extra calories to ward against starvation in the future.

Have a nice healthy breakfast at a reasonable time. Starting your day off in this manner will keep your body from freaking out, will keep your brain from rewiring into crisis mode, and will give you the willpower and a normal appetite to guide you when you enjoy your holiday meal.

Need some more motivation? Try these motivation photos: Weight Loss Motivation Photos for Women & Workout Motivation Photos for Men.

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