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Hungry Girl Today: 12.19.08

We are SMACK-DAB in the middle of the holiday season. Here are some
survival tips to keep you going...

1. Stay active! Don't sit on the couch like a slug all day, sucking down candy
canes and chocolate Santas. Take a walk. If there's snow, take some kids
(young relatives, friends' kids, your own kids) out sledding. Find ways to
burn additional calories to make up for the extra chewing you're probably

2. The big meal(s)... don't overdo it. This is definitely a time of celebration,
so you should enjoy yourself. There IS, however, a big difference
between "enjoying" and "gorging". Make sure you balance out portions of
your favorites with other lighter options. And what do we always say? Eat lots
of lean protein and plenty of veggies!

3. Food gift advice. People LOVE to give edible holiday gifts, whether it's a tin
of cookies or a homemade fruitcake. This is nice, but don't feel like you need
to eat it ALL. If you're an out-of-town guest, plead "no room in the luggage"
and give it away to a pal. If you're at home, have a little party and set out all
the goodies people gave you.

4. Holiday shopping. Mall-crawling can be SO exhausting -- all the people and
the lights and the sales and the shoving. Eventually, you're going to get worn
out and need to eat. Don't dive into a pile of food court fried rice or some
greasy burger. Most malls have a Subway or some kind of sandwich shop.
Stick with lean proteins and greens. And go easy on the dressing. Click here
(and scroll) for more mall tips.

5. Drink lots of water! If you don't, you'll likely get cranky, mistake thirst for
hunger, and make bad decisions. By drinking a lot of water, you'll be fully
hydrated AND you won't feel like you need to eat everything you see.

6. Leftovers?! They're a joy and a burden, especially if the big meal was at
your place. Try to hand off the heavier foods to your guests before they
leave. (HG Tip! Stock up on those cheapie disposable containers!) And freeze
whatever you have too much of instead of trying to swallow it all before it
goes bad.

7. Watch the calories you drink, party animal. Celebrating is fun, but try and
keep your beverages on the lighter side. Eggnog may be a time-honored
tradition, but it's also traditionally LOADED with fat and calories. Keep it
simple with cocktails made from seltzer or diet soda and a shot of vodka or
rum -- skip juice-based drinks and heavy liquors. Check out our Holiday
Cocktail Round-Up for a few good drink ideas.

8. Sneak in swaps wherever you can by bringing a guilt-free option or two
for the holiday feast. Make sure your contribution is delicious (otherwise
you'll be wildly unpopular) but low enough in fat and calories that you can
indulge in it. We suggest a heaping bowl of our Miracle Mashies, our tasty
Merry Marinated Veggies, or the perennial classic, Rockin' Lean Bean
Casserole. Mmmmm!

Have an AWESOME and FANTASTIC holiday season!

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Friday, December 19th, is Oatmeal Muffin Day. Click 'n scroll for HG's 80-
calorie Peachy Keen Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins. TOO GOOD!

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