Your Christmas Cookie Survival Guide
7 tips to enjoy your indulgence without overdoing it.
Don't beat yourself up over a cookie or two. Indulgence is fun for a reason, and a day or two of binging won't have you looking like Mrs. Claus.
"If there's something or a day where you really want to indulge, you might be willing to do a little extra activity to make up for it," says Sandra Carpenter, RD, Senior Program Manager for Weight Management and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
You don't have to spend all winter on a treadmill, though. Use these strategies to satisfy your cravings without overdoing it.
Science backs her up: In a study involving a candy dish, participants ate 1.8 more candies per day when the dish was placed on their desk as opposed to 2 meters away.
"Be social," Metz says. "Engage in conversation. You're keeping yourself occupied, and the event isn't just about eating."