What do holiday parties and get together all have in common?
Food and drinks…as in high-calorie food and drinks! It’s no wonder most people gain weight during the holidays.
Everywhere you turn, you’re surrounded by sweet temptations—holiday cookies, gingerbread houses, pumpkin pies, and more. Even healthy foods like sweet potatoes and green beans are magically transformed into high-calorie dishes that will make you want to do nothing but fall asleep. And don’t forget the drinks. Eggnog and alcoholic beverages are loaded with calories.
Want to sidestep those holiday pounds? Here's 5 tips to help ...
Yes, the holidays bring yummy foods and drinks, but friend gatherings and family traditions aren’t about food. Before a party, remind yourself what the holiday season is all about—friends, family, giving, and religious traditions. Then stay focused on the reason for the season rather than the plate full of hors d'oeuvres in front of you.
Second, stay focused on your goals. Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and where you’re headed. Keep your goals in the forefront of your mind, it's fine to have a treat once in a while, but keep it to that! Too many days of bad food choices aren’t worth hours on the treadmill.
The holidays can also be a time of emotional eating. For many people, the holidays bring stress, family conflict, or depression. Learn to address the root of your problems with solutions other than food or drink. Talk to a friend, take a deep breath, bundle up and go for a nice walk to clear your mind and get back in touch with nature. If your emotions and stress are still getting the best of you, it could be helpful to seek a professional counsellor to help you work through it.
Is your holiday social calendar filled with night after night of parties and events, or festive treats alway around at the office? It’s time to come up with a plan. If you want to keep your diet on track, you’ll need to pace yourself. Don’t come to a party hungry but eat a small low-calorie snack ahead of time. Otherwise, you’ll overeat. I always have a small healthy, simple dinner before I go to a party (example: chicken & salad or vegetables). I never feel hungry and can have a taste of the treats I enjoy without over indulging!
During a party, don’t stand right next to the food table, but keep a safe distance. Before you get a plate of food, choose your plate wisely. Go with a small plate instead of a large dinner plate and don’t go back for seconds!
Another important strategy is figuring out how to get in a workout between parties. Leaving room in your busy holiday schedule for exercise will help you fight off the extra weight trying to attach itself to your midsection. That's when your Pre-booked appointment at BRAND FITNESS can really help. It's on your schedule, you have an appointment with yourself to exercise (and see me!)
Be smart about what you choose to eat. Don’t deprive yourself of all the foods you love or you’ll likely splurge and ruin all your good intentions. Enjoy the goodness of the season, but in moderation. Trim calories where you can by limiting your trimmings, such as cheeses, gravy, sauces, creams, and nuts.
The holidays offer many food choices not available the rest of the year. Because of this, you may want to overindulge before they’re gone. Instead of doing this, survey what foods are available and make your choices. Indulge in your favourites and leave the everyday dishes for another time. Only eat what you love, and don’t just eat something because it’s on the buffet.
Limit the Alcohol
Yes, sorry to say, try to limit the amount of alcoholic beverages you drink. As you likely know, they’re filled with calories, too. Try alternating an alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic drink. I'll have a glass of water after each drink (helps reduce your consumption, saves you from dehydration and that hangover the next day). Always remember, NO Drinking and Driving! (even more reason to become the designated driver, think of all the calories and lives you are saving!)
Follow these simple tips, and you will avoid holiday weight gain this season and start the New Year off right! Watch for my New Year's Challenge coming out in January. If you're interested, message me to be put on the pre-sale list! PUT ME on the Earlybird NEW YEAR's CHALLENGE List ==> HERE
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Here's to a Great Holiday Season!!
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