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6 easy ways to stay healthy over the holidays

For people trying to stay fit and healthy, the holidays can interfere with good eating habits and exercise plans. The endless smorgasbord of treats and meals can challenge even the most disciplined of us. But if you have the stubborn determination to smash 100 wall balls in a row or train for a brutal obstacle course race, you can bypass the biggest vacation traps just as easily. Follow this easy-to-use guide to stay strong and healthy all season.

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1. Eat before you go

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2. Don’t be afraid of the “beer”

If you’re a beer fanatic, there are plenty of light craft beers to bring along to keep calories and carbs low. But for those who want to be even healthier and give up alcohol, pack something Suntory FREE, a beer-like refresh from the legendary Japanese brewing and distilling company. The beer-like drink with an alcohol content of 0.00% offers an uncompromising taste as it is made from double-row malt barley and aromatic hops, which gives it a welcome bitter note and a light, crunchy taste. Best of all, you get all of that refreshing beer-like taste and high carbonation with no calories and sugar, and no artificial flavors or sweeteners. With the voucher code you will receive a 35% discount 35ALLFREE until December 31st (* limited offer).

3. Choose a small plate

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4. Dilute your drinks

There is no doubt that drinks will be flowing at holiday gatherings this year. But instead of just giving in to temptation and drinking alcohol glass after glass, try changing each quaff with water to help maintain your fluid levels and limit the amount of alcohol you consume. Other great options include sticking to a lucid mind – like vodka or tequila – and mixing it with generous amounts of seltzer or reaching for a soft drink ALL-FREE.

5. Jump back into action

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6. Hit some chewing gum

An easy trick to use to keep your appetite down is to bring some sugar-free gum with you. (Go for peppermint flavors as they have been found to suppress appetite.) Pop a piece when your stomach starts grumbling to help suppress the desire to stuff your face. A 2011 study from the journal appetite showed that chewing gum can slow snacking by around 10 percent for up to 45 minutes after a meal.

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