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A few days ago I realized it has been quite some time since I published a general lifestyle article or tip pieces here on my blog. Years ago when I started this blog I knew that I wanted a well-rounded blog that also offered tips and articles geared towards your home life. After all, when you work from home…other factors always come into play.

With the holidays upon us, many people may be wondering how to avoid packing on the extra pounds with all the festivities going on. Here are some expert tips on how you can still enjoy all your favorite holiday treats without going overboard.

4 Tips to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Between gifts of cookies and fudge to attending abundant holiday parties to dinners full of holiday favorites, it can be easy to justify a few extra treats here and there during the holiday season.

But sugar is the most abused drug in the United States, responsible for making us the second most obese country in the world (second only to Mexico), and the primary negative factor to many health issues, says Andrea Szebeni, a registered nutritionist and dietician with the Lighthouse Recovery Institute.

Neurologically, sugar is a stimulant that keeps us craving it the more it is eaten, says Szebeni. “This is why during the holidays once we overindulge once, it leads us to believe we have failed once again and we may just as well start the diet after the holidays,” Szebeni says.

Szebeni, who helps young women overcome eating disorders, provides these four tips for enjoying your favorite treats this holiday season without going overboard:

· Be realistic – Telling yourself you will never have another candy cane when it is your favorite holiday treat is probably not realistic, Szebeni says. The key is setting guidelines. For example, if you have three holiday parties in two days, don’t try every dish and every cookie at each party.

· Plan ahead – Have a light snack before you leave the house so you are not hungry, which could make it easier to justify bad choices.

· Make things easier for yourself – Instead bringing wine or more sweets, bring a dish that’s healthy and delicious, Szebeni suggests. Be the hit of the party by bringing a pumpkin dip with vegetables or freshly baked parmesan kale chips with apples, cheese squares and blackberries.

· Detox your taste buds – Over time we adapt to eating foods that are high fat, high salt or high sugar, which literally erode our taste buds, Szebeni says. The good news is that you can renew your taste buds. Try abstaining from processed foods and hyperpalatable choices even for just one week. “As you begin to incorporate back certain foods that you enjoy but know should be limited, you’ll see that by only eating them periodically you will still enjoy them without feeling the need to overindulge,” Szebeni says.

Inconsistent nutritional habits also contribute to sugar cravings, says Szebeni, who has a master’s degree in dietetics and nutrition. “Eat every 4 to 4½ hours and watch those cravings go away,” Szebeni says.

About Lighthouse Recovery Institute: Lighthouse Recovery Institute is a licensed drug, alcohol and eating disorder treatment center in Delray Beach, Fla., specializing in gender-specific recovery for men and women. At the Lighthouse Recovery Institute, our mission is to help each client attain peace, happiness and permanent sobriety. With more than 30 years of experience in the treatment of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, eating disorders and trauma, our passionate team of doctors, therapists, and specialists provide nothing but the highest quality of care for every woman who walks through our doors.

computer keyboardYour direct sales sponsor is there to help train you, guide you and to help support your new home business, but they are not there to run and promote your business for you.

As a responsible home business owner, it is your JOB to get out there and advertise & market your business. Don’t know how? You can find many valuable resources online to teach you how, plus you will want to attend company meetings & training events which will also help guide you.

So, let’s take a look at two things you should be doing on your own for your new business.

1. Draft up a marketing & advertising plan. Make a list of all of the places you can promote your new business on and make a list of who you can talk to about booking home parties.

Set aside time every week to work on your advertising & marketing plan. Place advertisements, print out flyers, deliver catalogs, make phone calls, etc. The only way your calendar will fill up with bookings is if you get out there and make it happen!

2. Educate yourself! Get online and look for articles on what it takes to have a direct sales home business. Read articles, blog posts and talk to others who currently have a business. They are a great source of knowledge & support and many of them will freely share their expertise with you.

These days many who are joining a home party plan company are incorrectly thinking that their sponsor will run their business for them. This is simply not true! They are there to help train you, support you and guide you. It is up to YOU to get out there and work the business and make it a success.

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