Tip 1: Set a goal not to gain weight this time of year. The reason I like the no gain goal is it gives you some wiggle room. You can absolutely lose weight this time of year. But I like setting a plan that is manageable and allows you to live life and enjoy yourself. Then you won’t have to backtrack at the first of the year.
Tip 2: Continue to plan your food. Just like planning a work week or kids schedules, plan your food. Know when you are eating out, when you have a party to attend (does it include food or not). Then what are you cooking and/or how many meals do you need to prepare. This is where most of us get in trouble, you are hungry, no food in the house – so you get take out or run through a drive thru. None of that will help the waist, especially if you are already consuming holiday goodies, treats, drinks, etc.
Tip 3: Bring a healthier dish. Ok in reality Christmas is one day. BUT…we have our family dinner, our in-law’s dinner, our friend’s dinner, work party – I could go on. What can I say? We like to eat! So, the best strategy is bringing a better dish. Yes, you will have the old faithful dishes, have a small amount and load up on ham and veggies (that are not smothered in butter or cream!). I love the root vegetable recipes you can bake in the oven. Really simple, peel and cut the veggies, use some olive oil and spices, bake, then put them in a pretty dish.
Tip 4: Don’t show up hangry. I remember as a kid my mom saying now, we are not eating breakfast this morning because we are going to your Aunt Judy’s for Christmas. WHAT??! Stay on your normal routine, that way you don’t go over board and end up over eating. I even recommend taking in a meal replacement shake before events like this, so that you are not hungry and you eat smaller portions.
I will say it again; the holidays are here and I hope you have a wonderful season. Use these tips and if you need any help, let me know.