Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Most people are just beginning to rev up for the Holidays. Presents, parties, people, goodies…..Oh my! How will I get through it all? Is that what you are thinking? I know I am.
Holiday weight gain starts even before the store decorations appear. The season kicks off with Halloween. People start thinking ‘holidays ‘ the day after Halloween. Some stores even play Christmas music with clearance Halloween candy still on the shelves! But, have no fear…
Here are 11 Simple Techniques to put into play,
as soon as you read them!
No. 1 Uses “buzz word” that you most likely hear everywhere. But it’s a word that if used wisely, works.
Think and eat mindfully! Focus on chewing your food well, and enjoying the smell, taste, and texture of it. Don’t pop mindless calories in your mouth. Every bite you take mindfully, could be an ounce you save. Using mindfulness whenever you are eating, will not only ease some stress, but you may end up eating less food.
No.2 Is about stoking that fire, your metabolic fire. How to gain some steady energy throughout the day.
If what you want is a steady stream of energy to get through those Christmas “to do” lists, munch down on a nutrient dense diet, not calorie dense. This will give you steady energy, balanced mood, sufficient antioxidants for cell repair, and restore the body, so you can party.
No.3 Changing out the plates you use can lessen the calories they carry.
Use smaller plates, such as a luncheon plate for meals and parties. A normal portion on a 10 inch plate, looks huge on a smaller dinner plate. Cutting down on the size of the serving utensil will serve smaller portions without anyone realizing it. Mingle, mingle! Think about ways to enjoy yourself by mingling rather than hanging around the buffet table. Time to spruce up your conversation skills!
No.4 Whenever you pre-plan, the plan tends to happen if you just think ahead.
Take control before the holiday comes, make goals, and have a plan. If you want a successful, weight gain free holiday, don’t just make the plan, follow it! Eating light snack with some protein, is a good strategy before going to any party, or gathering. You won’t go into the party ravenous, and want to eat everything you see on the buffet table.
No.5 If your on a special food plan, it’s not up to the host or hostess to meet your needs. Think ahead.
Invited to a dinner? Following a special food plan? Make a delicious low calorie, gluten free, or low carb dish to bring to the party. It assures you, that you will have something to eat when you get there.
No. 6 Meal prepping and batching cooking can save so much time in the week.
During the holiday season, we all seem to squeeze our normal routine, plus extra holiday doings into what little time we have. Because of this, healthy meals seem to be a second, or third thought. Skip the drive-through. Do some meal prep and batch cooking on the weekends, or whatever day works for you. You’ll save money for those awesome gifts, and feel great, mentally and physically.
No.7 You’ll be able to last longer, shopping in the crowds and maybe have to make less trips.
Don’t go shopping hungry. Have a snack with protein before you leave to buy your goodies. If you find yourself hungry while shopping, go to a sit down restaurant where it is easier to make wise food choices.
No. 8 You don’t have to look far for a carb during this season. Walk them off.
After your holiday meals, take a walk with someone. It’s a way to spend some good quality time with them. Plus, walking after a meal is also the best way to lower blood sugar quickly.
No.9 Reports all over the internet say that weight gain throughout the season is ~ 1-5 pounds. In my experience with clients, it’s been more like 3-7 pounds. Oh No!
In order to avoid the “holiday 5” (pounds that is), choose foods wisely. Fill your plate with the less calorie dense foods first, such as salads, veggies, and lean proteins. Take smaller portions of the more calorie dense foods. This way you get filled on the lower calorie foods first.
No. 10 Goals give you something to focus on each time you have to make a food choice.
By making some realistic goals ahead of time, before you get into the chaotic season, will help you to stick to them. Build a goal around your workout routine, to be sure it continues. If an adjustment is necessary in your eating, or workout routine, revise it in advance, not on the spot. This way you’re sure to be honest with yourself about your goal. It’s also a good idea if you set some goals around holiday drinking and “me” time.
No.11 There are good and bad days, and good and bad choices. Stick with the good!
Remember, there are only good and bad habits, not good and bad foods. It’s really all about your choices. What food, how much, and when you eat it. This is where mindfulness can come into play.