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If You’re a Working Mom, How Can You Avoid Packing on the Holiday Pounds?

Sat, December 26, 2009 3:30pm EDT by 2 Comments (2) (2)

Britney, we see you’ve been getting a bit too cheerful with food this season – but never fear! Here are tips on how to shed weight the easy way!

If you’re like us, you get ho, ho, ho HUNGRY during the holiday season – and by hungry we mean craving gingerbread man, sugar cookies and the chocolate-covered popcorn (you know, the stuff that’s supposed to decorate your tree).

But women like Britney Spears have it especially tough! Brit has two young sons to care for, in addition to worrying about her exercise routine, which just isn’t as easy when she’s not forced to get her bod in shape for a tour.

So how can you – and Brit – avoid the trauma of a severe holiday weight gain without deviating from your usual hectic schedule?

Be aware of what you eat! “Working mom can throughout their day forgetting about themselves,” says registered dietician Ashley Koffman. “So what you want to aim for – especially if you want to lose weight – is one serving of carbohydrates, one serving of protein and one of healthy fat per meal. Maintaining your weight and energy in a nutrient-based eating occasion is the goal.” She adds, “Ideally, make sure you try to eat every three hours. If you go five or six hours, your body goes hungry and you start craving carbohydrates, which is when people run into trouble. You start going for the cookies, chips or lattes.”

Oh yeah, that happens to us (way more than we’d like, unfortunately). Luckily for us, Koffman has prepared a little cheat sheet for healthy holiday eating. Bon appétit!

Breakfast: If you like Southern-fried foods like Louisiana-born Brit, you don’t have to waste away by eating nothing but fruit! “Take a small corn tortilla and scramble eggs,” says Koffman. “If you’re motivated, add some peppers, onions, avocado and hot sauce. It will taste better, and is a tasty, healthy breakfast option.”

Lunch: A turkey burger without the bun, a fist-sized portion of sweet potato fries and a salad.

Snack: A piece of fruit – like an apple or pear – with peanut butter or almond butter. Or create your own trail mix! Buy a great cereal like Nature’s Path, Option Slim, mix in some nuts and even a handful of chocolate chips. If you like sweeter, sprinkle cinnamon or Stevia on the mix.

Dinner: Corn on the cob with parmesan cheese, olive oil and seasonings for taste and a piece of fish or chicken the size of your palm. “The olive oil is healthier than butter, and the palm-serving is guidance for what you should be eating on a personal level. If you’re Shaquille O’Neal, you get a bigger portion, obviously, but women have smaller palms and should eat less animal protein.”

After Dinner: No dessert (WHAT! How will we survive?) “If you need a snack, make sure it’s liquid,” advises Koffman. “If it’s hot out, put frozen berries in tea instead of ice cubes, or have tea with almond milk. If you’re craving sweet, mix a healthy hot chocolate out of almond milk, cocoa, Stevia and cinnamon. It’s easier on the body’s digestive system to have liquids late night.”

Some additional tips from the expert include eating time: never after 7. “Stop early in the evening. Have an early dinner,” she says, adding, “For real weight loss – before and after work – mix coconut water, whey protein powder and organic berries in a blender. This of hydrates you (which is important for weight loss), replaces electrolytes and promotes weight loss.”

Britney, I’m sure you’ll be as happy to receive these tips as we are! Happy holiday weight losing everyone!