Controlling the Dancing Sugarplums

Schools Out! Christmas break has begun and so has the endless offers and gifts of holiday cookies, cakes and candy! Keeping our children healthy and active is a full time job, but it calls for double duty during the holidays.  As for this time of year kids physical activity levels are at a low and calorie level is at a high. So how as parents can we control the sweet tooths and prevent Santa bellies?

First we need to set a good example and encourage healthy choices. Encourage moderation and try not to set a negative tone about food. A good thing to do is to keep the treats for the parties and special events, discourage the random sweets at home and don’t have the extra goodies just laying around, for example I don’t hang candy canes on the Christmas tree anymore and I now fill my cute candy dishes with nuts or decorations. The holiday snacks and sweets I do have, stay in the cupboard, so they are out of site. This keeps the temptation at bay for all! Even during holiday dinners and family get togethers keeping desserts and platters of sweets  covered until after the mealtime is a good idea

When it comes to children’s parties, you  never you want to send them hungry, I always try to stuff my kids with a healthy meal beforehand even if it’s a pizza party! If you are having  the party it’s nice to put out healthy choices for them to  snack on during the party and serve a single, individual dessert or give a goodie bag of treats to-go . Another important thing is to avoid the sugary drinks, they just add more empty calories, save the sugar intake for the Santa cookie, or in my case the Peanut Butter Blossom!!! The best thing to do is make the focus on activities instead of food.  Speaking of active, I need to run! I have to finish some Christmas shopping, squeeze in a workout, and get ready for a HOLIDAY  Party! So next time I’ll talk about some activities to do with the kids to help burn off all those extra holiday calories!! Oh and I will watch the sugary drinks tonight! 😉 Sandy C

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