Making It Through the Holidays One Calorie at a Time

 

It seems impossible that the holidays are just around the corner! This is a time of joy for many families as they celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas and enjoy time with the family. There are so many wonderful things about the holidays—especially the food!  As you are probably aware this is also the most fattening time of the year as well. There is so much delicious food to eat, but if you give into the temptation you are going to hate yourself come New Years.

Making This Year Bright

So how can you make this year different? Though this time of year is full of much joy it can also be full of much anxiety and stress too. People tend to get stressed out about all that has to be done and all the expenses that they are bound to incur. When you are stressed you tend to naturally overeat and that’s where the calories start creeping on. Start by approaching this holiday season with a clear head and a calm demeanor. No matter how stressful things may get, try hard not to give into the temptation to overeat as you deal with your worries.

Also be sure to have a plan before you go to any holiday related event. From cocktail parties to school functions to just gathering at friend or family homes, there is always some kind of food involved. In the past you have likely enjoyed endless amounts of calories and then hated yourself later. Make this year different and go in with a plan of attack. Though some of these tips may seem obvious they are good things to keep in mind to ensure that you don’t overeat or put yourself at risk for diet sabotage:

  • Eat a small snack before you go. That way you will not go in starving and ready to eat whatever they put before you. This is a good trick that works for many and keeps your hunger pangs at bay and allows something in your stomach so you don’t overindulge.
  • If you are going to enjoy a cocktail be smart about it. Calorie wise this is where many people blow it! Enjoy a wine spritzer that still allows you to have a cocktail but with far fewer calories. Try drinking water in between cocktails to space yourself out. Alternatively just allow yourself two cocktails and just call it quits after that.
  • Allow yourself a serving of something special…but not everything! If you love dessert or can’t pass up appetizers then let that be your splurge and then focus in on the healthier options. This will allow you to get your little taste and enjoy it but not blow your week’s worth of calories in one shot.
  • Survey the food being served. Take a look at what is being served and then choose wisely. Fill your plate with healthier options such as whole grain crackers and hummus or fresh vegetables and then you’re not tempted to move to the other fat laden options.

A Proper Game Plan Will Never Let You Down

You are going to attend a number of holiday festivities and if you don’t want to blow your efforts, just be prepared. Knowing what to expect out of yourself at each event ensures that you don’t end up having to put in double time at the gym.

You can enjoy your holidays and you can enjoy some good food, but you need to be smart about it. If you give yourself a pep talk before hand and come armed with an intelligent strategy then you are far more likely to make the right choices and have a very Happy Holiday—before, during, and after!

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