Well, we went through Thanksgiving and I slipped a couple of times but overall, I held to my diet.
How did you do?
If you did have an encounter with pumpkin pie or some other tasty sweet, don’t consider it the end. Slip-ups happen and all we can do is reflect on how good it was and what we need to do to overcome those slips.
With Christmas arriving soon, I have decided to give a few tips on eating and not eating during this season when many diets go by the wayside.
I am routing for you!
Here are multiple tips that can help you still enjoy the Holiday festivities without adding pounds to your waistline.
Don’t go hungry
If you arrive at the family function with an empty stomach, you are setting yourself up for disaster.
Try snacking on some nuts or seeds before going, and before getting a plate of food, drink a full glass of water. The water will fill those cavities and make it feel like you are full.
Take your own healthy dish
You may take one look at all the food offerings and see weight gain. But if you arrive with a healthy dish you prepared, you know you will have something to eat that will not add pounds to you.
Find a confidant
In those huge get together functions, it is quite probable that you are not the only person fighting with weight gain. Find another person in your position and face the temptations together. It helps!
Make the centerpiece people instead of food
So often, the focus at these events is the food. You do not have to accept that! Make your focus the people and the socializing instead of the food.
Keep track of what you eat
Maybe keep a notepad and just jot down what you eat. By doing this, you will stay aware and it will help you control the urge.
Alcohol in itself can be fattening and what is worse is the loss of inhibitions that alcohol gives. I suggest just saying no to alcohol.
Use the salad plate
Instead of using a full size plate, use a smaller salad plate.
You will take smaller servings and maintain your diet this way.
Carry some healthy snack items on your person
You know that you are going to be seeing a lot of food. Sometimes that hunger bug can pop its head up at any time. Just reach in your bag and take out the nuts you brought with you to defeat that monster.
Do not neglect your exercise routine
It is more important than ever that you stick with your normal exercise routine. Just because the party is at 1 doesn’t mean you cannot still do your morning walk, jog or biking.
Stay with you exercise pattern and even if you do slip a treat in, you will be forgiven.
Be willing to say no thank you
You are going to have people most likely offer you tempting treats. You need to get adapted to being able to just say no thank you.
When it is that person that you just cannot say no to such as a favorite Aunt or other person, I suggest taking the item and giving it to a child. Or you can just be honest and tell them you are on a diet and you dare not.
Go for a walk
After eating that meal, instead of sitting down why not take a walk?
It will help you burn those calories you just ate and is much better than sitting and letting those calories create a gut.
You can still have a joyous Holiday season even when you are on a diet.
It doesn’t have to be about the food, it can be about the family and friends.
So, go enjoy yourself and if you do slip, don’t let it ruin your time or your diet.
Happy Holidays to you all!