4. Many women crave particular foods during pregnancy. During the holidays, the cravings are often easier to give in to, since tempting foods are around. If you must give in to a craving, train yourself to be satisfied with small amounts: one cookie instead of one of each kind, one small piece of pumpkin pie instead of a regular slice. Be creative.
5. Learn to substitute healthy foods for your cravings. Instead of eggnog, go for vitamin C-fortified hot apple juice with a cinnamon stick swizzle. Instead of mashed potatoes and gravy, serve up a pile of mashed sweet potatoes with a drizzle of maple syrup.
6. Don't take a vacation from exercise over the holidays. Keep moving, either getting outside for a brisk walk or into the local pool for a few laps. It will burn off extra calories, improve your mood and help keep cravings in check.
7. Holidays can be stressful times. Before they begin, line up an arsenal of tools other than food to help you deal with stress. Buy a yoga video, schedule a massage, insist on extra hugs from the father-to-be and limit social obligations to only a special few. Keeping up exercise (step 5) is also a great way to cut down on stress.
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