Happy Christmas Eve!!
The Christmas holidays are among us, it’s a time to celebrate with our loved ones and for a lot of us it means mounds and mounds of food! Which means that the holidays can in fact leave you feeling like you’ve gained a tremendous amount of weight. It seems as though we spend our time visiting our families and stuffing our faces resulting in us feeling sluggish and gross, the complete opposite of how we should be feeling at this time of year.
So I want to share with you a few tips & tricks that will get you through the holidays and help you maintain your weight. I say maintaining your weight because I think that it’s important to treat yourself, life isn’t about restrictions, it’s about balance and treating yourself is part of that balance. It’s even possible to lose some weight over the holidays while taste testing the food your loved ones have prepared. What I’m about to share with you are things that I do or that I think could help us in the next few weeks!
Holiday Survival Guide
1. Eat before you leave your house. Eating before you leave your house will ensure that by the time dinner comes around you will not be starving and eat more than you need to. It will also help you with mindless snacking, cause if your family is like mine they will have cans of pastries, chips, chocolates and candies everywhere!
2. Carry bottles of water in your bag. This is something that I do no matter where I go. Yes, people usually have water in their houses but I bring a water bottle in my purse just in case. Sometimes we think that we are hungry when we are just thirsty. I find that when I don’t drink enough water I get more cravings for unhealthy foods so this helps with that!
3. Limit your alcoholic beverages. It’s Christmas, be Merry and have some fun but don’t go overboard, especially if you are watching your weight. Alcoholic beverages are the epitome of empty calories and the more you drink the more you want.
4. Bring foods that you want to eat. Going to a potluck dinner? Make food that you want to eat. Too often I go to potluck dinners and I try to make something that I think everyone will like but then I end up making something that I won’t eat. And since becoming a vegetarian, I have noticed that potluck dinners are extremely challenging. If I make a dish that I can eat at least I know that there will be one thing there that is “safe!”
5. Don’t be afraid to say no. People might chirp you or make fun of you but DO YOU. It’s important not to let your friends and family influence your choices when it comes to what you put in YOUR body.
6. Stick to one plate at dinner time. My golden rule no matter what day of the year it is, is: get one plate put everything you think you can eat on it and dig in! But DON’T go back for seconds and STOP when you are full, even though you may still have food on your plate. If you’re afraid the food goes to waste because you didn’t take a second plate, ask if you can bring a second plate with you and eat it for lunch the following day.
7. Practice self-control. Remember what you feel like after you’ve binge on all the food. This is a tough one, if you’re a snacker like I am you’re probably going to want to have a bite of everything but don’t. Pick 2 or 3 treats that are your favorite and enjoy them. You will feel better about yourself if you do this, it will show you that you have control over yourself and you won’t feel like crap later on or even tomorrow.
8. Live & let live! This might be the most important tip of all. You may be maintaining your weight or losing weight but you should always keep in mind that not everyone is bothered by this or want to worry about it at this time of year, so if someone is eating ALL the food let them. It’s not your place to tell them no or to stop them. Same goes for someone who chooses not to eat all the food, they should be allowed to do that without any backlash.
These are all the tips that I have for you when it comes to holiday feasting and family gatherings. I hope that you all have a healthy wonderful Christmas.
Love you all,
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