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Take The Stress Out of Holiday Eating

The holidays are here and many dieters feel they can’t handle the added pressure of being “on a diet.” If this thought is lurking in the back of your mind, don’t fret, your Diet Center Counselor is your “lifeline to success. Remember, the holidays come every year so don’t use them as an excuse to sabotage yourself. Checking in with your Diet Center Counselor on a regular basis during the stressful time of the year may be just what you need. It adds focus and structure to your day which may otherwise be lacking.

Diet Center Counselor Rosalie Schiappacasse, MS, MSW at Nutritional & Behavioral Care is ready to give you specialized menus and help you develop a “game plan” for your upcoming holiday events. THE BEST DEFENSE IS A GOOD OFFENSE!

Many people think they will go to a party and not eat a thing. Have any of us ever actually done that? Another party tactic is to not eat all day long and try to save up the calories. Do we actually think this is going to work? Hardly! We end up eating more than we normally would, not only because of the varieties of foods available, but because we’re starving!


Set realistic goals and expectations for yourself. Don’t plan to attend and not eat anything at all. Eat smaller meals throughout the day, but don’t skip any meals completely. Eat a snack before you go to the party so you’re not faced with the “I have to eat something, I’m starving” syndrome. Hunger will override your sense of reason at this point and will only get you into trouble. Volunteer to bring a vegetable tray with a non-fat dip or any other low-fat, low calorie dish. While at the party, serve yourself a plate (keeping in mind your portions, of course) and then walk away from the refreshment table. Sit as far away from the food as possible. Focus on meeting and talking to new people instead of the food available. Sip a diet soda or mineral water with a twist of lemon or lime. Alcohol is the second most caloric dense of nutrients after fat.

If you have issues with overeating and would like one-on-one help with a nutrition specialist, please feel free to call or stop in to make an appointment. We offer health assessments, nutritional and behavioral counseling, as well as psychotherapy.

We’re here to help. Call us at 203-529-0594 or stop in at 158 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT.


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