I hope I’m not breaking any news to anybody, but the holidays are fast approaching us. The holidays are a potential challenge for those trying to get fit. It can be a scary and confusing time for those just starting out. No one wants to throw all their hard work out the window in the span of a week. For me, the holidays are a time when I’m carefree and enjoying the company of those around me to the fullest. I don’t want to be worrying about calories, gaining weight, exercising or life in general. I just want to relax. I intend to do that very thing this year.
This is the time of year when everyone is having a drink or two, especially on New Year’s Eve. I don’t like to drink my calories because if I’m going to have 300+ calories of something, it better be food. What I dislike even more is watching everyone eat and drink without a care in the world. The idea of sitting at the table, eating celery because I have a calorie limit, is sad and unrealistic. Instead, I’m participating and I’m going to enjoy myself by planning ahead and saving calories and carbs where I can. Here’s how:
Portion control. Starting off with a smaller plate than normal, I’m going to portion out the food I eat. I will not be having half a plate of mashed potatoes or baked mac & cheese. I will load my plate with veggies and/or whatever is healthiest first, followed by protein. Protein is what will keep me full the longest and curb my cravings/hunger. Finally, I will give in to those sweet, sweet carbs but very few of them.
For those who want to have a drink, I recommend visiting carbsmart and selecting one from there. They have several cocktails listed and they appear to be delicious. The ones listed are between 0 and 3g of carbs, which is not bad at all! I prefer wine, so I will indulge in a (portioned out) glass of that over anything else.
My sister bought Bob Harper’s The Skinny Rules book (don’t worry, I don’t follow his rules). In it he says to enjoy holidays and birthdays by eating normally (I’m paraphrasing). I chose to follow this suggestion (it’s not one of the rules) because it relieved me of my hesitation to get fit. I’ve always hated the idea of ‘giving up’ Thanksgiving dinner or birthday cake. That has helped me get to where I am today, but that tactic may not be for you. Do what you feel is best for what you’re trying to achieve.
Remember, moderation and self-restraint is imperative during the holidays. If you know that you can’t control yourself, it’s better not to indulge in anything that could jeopardize your goals. At the end of the day, the holidays aren’t about food. Do whatever feels most natural to you and spend the rest of the time enjoying your family. Nothing is more important than that.
If I don’t ‘see’ you tomorrow or the day after, have a Merry Christmas!
Until next time,
- Practical Holiday Eating Plan (lukedurward.wordpress.com)
- How to: don’t let holiday weight gain sneak up on you- 9 fit, fun & festive tips! (sasasherbalife.wordpress.com)
- Mindful Munching for a Healthier Holiday Season (whvholidaychallenge.wordpress.com)
- Holiday Party Survival (vitalremedymdboca.wordpress.com)
- Ho, Ho, Holy Food Fest! How to Survive the Holiday Food Temptations (mydiabeteshome.wordpress.com)