By Philip  |  12-27-2017   News
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Here at the Goldwater we know that health is wealth, so in the gift-giving spirit, we are offering some tips for how best to deal with the potential post-Holiday weight from gorging yourself October 31 on till year's end as well as the best bet for reducing the chances of your New Year's Eve hangover lasting through the first quarter of 2018. As mentioned in <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/14717-Social-Responsibility-Hypocrisy-Fail-Death-By-Body-Positivity">a recent article</a>, obesity is an epidemic and it often stems from unhealthy lifestyle choices. From Halloween on, most people are bombarded with unhealthy food items. Processed sugar and corn syrup galore in the treats and candies that seem to materialize from All Hallow's Eve till some time after New Year's Hangover has passed.

As far as the food goes, for those who have food addiction issues or a history of over-eating and poor diet choices, this time of year can be very difficult. Everyone knows that eating badly can result in health disasters, but in the heat of the moment it may be easy to make the wrong choice. Remember that people who start at a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) are at a greater risk for greater weight gain. In other words, if you've already packed on a few pounds, the corn syrup will stick all the more to those sides. Formerly overweight people, according to a recent study, may also have more difficulty losing weight they've gained. The issue is the same with those who have trouble controlling their liquid portions at party time. If you're in one of these "at risk" groups, it's a good idea to be especially mindful. The holidays are a time many people pack on extra pounds or drink more for multiple reasons. Social pressure to indulge and have a good time, extra added stress at the Holidays, emotional attachments and nostalgia can all be powerful triggers for addictive behavior like over-eating or drinking to excess.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Myth: Someone who has had too much to drink will look intoxicated.<br>Fact: Someone’s physical appearance can be misleading. Even one drink can impair your ability to drive. Always plan for a safe ride home when drinking alcohol. <a href="https://t.co/nh17zzT6As">https://t.co/nh17zzT6As</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TravelSafeFL?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TravelSafeFL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DriveSober?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DriveSober</a></p>&mdash; FLHSMV (@FLHSMV) <a href="https://twitter.com/FLHSMV/status/945714601718616072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 26, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Remember if you're a social or holiday drinker only your tolerance is quite likely going to be less than others, so competitive drinking (or just keeping up) might not be in your best interests… For those who are already regular drinkers, the holidays provide more opportunities for "social drinking" so more people are drinking. In between the busy streets and abundant drinks, this makes driving more dangerous for seasoned drinkers as well as the New Year's binge drinking set.

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Don't be afraid to take Nancy Reagan's advice and "JUST SAY NO!" Whether it's one more evening cocktail than you need, another slice of pie or a bump off biker crank off the office party prostitute's tits. Often that first taste is all it takes (along with the Saturnalian spirit of Holiday Excess) to lead to the next, and the next and on into near-certain disaster.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Make Saturnalia great again. <a href="https://t.co/IRzri46vBH">pic.twitter.com/IRzri46vBH</a></p>&mdash; Gregory Knight (@gregsart) <a href="https://twitter.com/gregsart/status/942965739815952394?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 19, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Here's where an extra helping of mindfulness and a second scoop of behavioral strategies comes in handy. Mindfulness sounds like some hippie nonsense, I know, but really just being aware of your choices and what you're doing can help keep you on your toes. From mindfulness on it's easier to keep track. Bad choices come from bad choices. Keeping track of what you're doing makes it easier to take the choice to cut yourself off when you know you've reached your limits. Speaking of behavioral strategies, accountability is another "fluffy" word that has been overused perhaps by the granola eating set, but once again, having someone you can trust with your decision to not overeat, drink, etc.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/JimPrentice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JimPrentice</a> Accountability gets my vote. Be an accountabillibuddy! <a href="http://t.co/8FLttP8DkS">pic.twitter.com/8FLttP8DkS</a></p>&mdash; Marcus Kage (@Marcus_Kage) <a href="https://twitter.com/Marcus_Kage/status/594152877007896576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Plan ahead! Choose a number (calories, alcoholic beverages, nitrous poppers) and <b>STICK TO IT!</b> Also make sure you have help. If you plan on indulging, designate a driver (or designate someone to slap the food out of your hand after you've crossed your pre-set calorie threshold for the day).

So get out there enjoy all the Holidays have to offer but remember making healthy choices can ensure that you're drinking eggnog and gorging on pumpkin pie and nitrous po—- I mean whipped cream for years to come…

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