Guest Contributor: Miss Cozy

Holiday weight gain seems guaranteed, but the fact is – the holiday season doesn’t mean your scale will become your worst enemy! Some easy ways to prevent holiday weight gain include:

• Practicing portion control – All things in moderation. Keep your serving sizes in check at all times and you really can enjoy your favorite holiday treats without gaining weight

• Stay active during the holidays and those extra pounds won’t creep up on you. A 30-minute brisk walk most days of the week can do wonders for maintaining your waistline. Get outside if the weather permits or hit the mall before it opens for a workout while window-shopping

• Try some new ways to make your holiday meals healthier. Small changes can add up to a big difference. This can be as simple as serving steamed vegetables instead of casseroles or removing skin from the turkey. Just choosing fruit instead of a desserts can save hundreds of calories

• Food cravings are a part of life, but they can be especially daunting during the holidays. You seem to smell or see tempting food nearly everywhere you go. If you can’t avoid food cravings, the best way to fight back is to be prepared with a plan for an alternative activity to eating

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If you have the chance, try to stop by one of these great events this weekend:

Los Angeles, CA – Give thanks by giving back – Volunteer to help out before or during the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium’s community Thanksgiving celebration. The Celebration relies entirely on donations from the local community. On Thanksgiving morning, volunteer chefs line up outside the Santa Monica Civic Center to deliver up to 300 piping hot roasted turkeys between 8 am and 10 am – Click here for more info.

Washington, DC – Reston Town Center hosts many holiday activities including a holiday parade, visits with Santa, a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and much more. The Reston community kicks off the holiday season with a full day celebration on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, 2010. Click here for more info.

Chicago, IL – The Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade has been an annual tradition for Chicago residents, and this year is no different. The parade, which celebrates its 77th year and is sponsored by McDonald’s, will once again march down State Street on Thanksgiving (November 25). Click here for more info.

Lousiville, Kentucky – Stop by Jefferson Square Park to Light Up Louisville from 3pm – 10pm. This day-long celebration draws more than 75,000 attendees and features music, a parade, and a market, ending with the lighting of Jefferson Square and the Louisville Christmas tree. Located at Jefferson Square Park, 6th & Jefferson street, enjoy the Holiday Market, Run Run Rudolph 5K Run/Walk, Winter Wonderland Parade, and the lighting of Jefferson Square and Metro Louisville Christmas tree. Click here for more info.

Long Island, NY – Stop by the Fourth Annual Miracle on Main Street – and Holiday Parade in Sayville, NY this Saturday, November 27th 2010 – starting at 9 a.m. Come see the floats, classics cars, bands and an early-in-the-season appearance by Santa Claus. Miracle on Main Street, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., features a gingerbread house competition, favorite classic movies playing in the streets, a tree lighting, live music and other performances, FREE carousel rides for kids all night and more. Click here for more info.

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