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Happy Chrismukkah!

Santa Claus is coming to town.

The milk and cookies are for Santa.

We're also lighting menorahs and spinning dreidels.

We've been holiday shopping, going to holiday parties, and even wearing holiday clothes. And while this is all part of the "holiday season cheer," there's also those holiday calories...

Here are some tips to get you from Chrismukkah through the New Year. Follow them and you won't find yourself scrambling for the "mom jeans" come January 2nd.

1. Move it: Everyone is at different stages of their weight loss journey. Whether you are only weeks post-surgery, or post years, physical activity is key! Grab the family and go for a brisk walk through the neighborhood, or enjoy a bike ride. You'll burn some calories and spend time with the people you love.

2. Don't wait until the holiday meal to eat: Have a healthy breakfast such as scrambled eggs mixed with your favorite veggies. This will help curb your appetite prevent overeating later.

3. Be in control: bring a healthy dish! Google University has endless websites with healthy versions of traditionally high calorie holiday foods.

4. Be careful with the booze: One glass of that eggnog will set you back 500 calories. Ouch. Stick to wine, light beer, or spirits with a non-calorie mixer such as club soda. Make sure you drink water in between each beverage.

5. You can say no: Just because your pushy aunt baked her famous pie and insists that you take a hearty slice doesn't mean you have to accept. After all... is it even that good anyway?

6. Sit strategically: If you decide to sit or stand near the buffet table, guess what. You're much more likely to keep staring at the food, which is just distracting from the conversations you're attempting to engage in, or you will start to graze. Instead, grab your favorite cousins for a conversation in the family room.

7. It's okay to slip up: You're human. Don't beat yourself up if you have second portions that you don't really need, or end up eating too many of those Christmas cookies. This will only snowball negative thinking. Tomorrow is a clean slate!

What are some tips or tricks you have for avoiding holiday "slip-ups"?

To learn more or schedule a consultation with Dr. Korman, contact us here or call the office: 310-577-5540.

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