(WTVM) - All of us at News Leader 9 hope you enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. It's a great time of year!
But did you know that dietitians tell us most people will gain three to five pounds during the next month?
And when it comes to spending, the temptation to buy more gifts or more expensive gifts is upon us, starting with "Black Friday."
The day after Thanksgiving is so named because many businesses look to that day to "get in the black and out of the red" when it comes to the most profitable time of their year.
Food and money - it's easy to lose control over both.
So we think it's important to take a moment to remember to stay in control -- don't let your emotions carry you away especially during the holidays.
Experts suggest if we stay "mindful" -- meaning we stay aware of what we are eating and how much, and aware of how much we are spending. It can help us regain some control over the holidays. For instance, dietitians recommend eating a snack before a holiday party so you are less likely to overeat.
Take a walk between watching football games on TV. Start a family tradition of walking before and after the big Thanksgiving and Christmas Day meals. When it comes to shopping, make a list and assign an amount to spend on each person's gift.
It may be that you exceed the amount a little, but having a roadmap is the only way to avoid losing all control over holiday spending.
Of course, financial experts have long suggested using cash – not credit cards – as the best way to keep from overspending.
None of this is easy, so remember that if we do occasionally lose control of our eating or our spending (and we probably will) it's up to us to pause and reflect about keeping the holidays in perspective. Think of it as a gift you can give yourself and your family.
It might help us relax and enjoy this special time even more if we know we did our best to avoid an over-stuffed and over-spent holiday hangover
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