Eggnog, cookies, fruitcake, oh my! We can sometimes be overwhelmed by the
multitude of delicious dishes and delectable deserts that we just want
to sink our teeth into. Aunt Carol’s famous snicker salad, or grandma’s
traditional sweet potatoes. It can be hard to say no to these classics
when celebrating the holidays with family and friends.
For those with a strong will to just say no, we salute you! For the rest
of us, there are some actions that you can take to be proactive this holiday
season instead of sabotaging your progress on the plan:
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR PORTIONS
For many of us, holiday celebrations conjure up special memories of favorite
foods created with love or ignite us in gleeful anticipation of consuming
unhealthy holiday goodies. It’s easy to tell ourselves that we only
get this food once a year, so indulging is ok this one time.
While this is somewhat true, portion control is key! Have a “reasonable”
portion of a beloved food and remember it is never necessary to over eat
a food because you can and will have it again at another time.
DON'T LET ONE INDULGENCE TURN INTO A SEASON OF OVER INDULGING
It starts with just a bite of this and a taste of that and ultimately leads
to an “oh no” realization that you over indulged. Disillusioned,
it ends with an agreement that you will eat what you want over the holidays
this year and get back on track in the New Year.
Don’t buy into that thought! Change your thought process and adjust
at the next meal to make up for your mistake. Remember the old saying:
“two wrongs don’t make a right.” If this happens, you
owe it to yourself to nip this in the bud before it gets out of control.
Don’t keep making mistakes!
PLAN AHEAD FOR POSITIVE RESULTS
When we make a decision to eat off our food plan in the hopes we will enjoy
the season more, we often spend our time obsessing, sad and frustrated
that we went off our plan. Conflicting thoughts like, “I can’t
believe I am doing this” and “I feel so awful about it, but
I don’t want to stop,” create an internal struggle that taints
the enjoyment of the season. In addition, you may become disheartened,
overwhelmed, and anxious about what you need to do in the New Year to
undo what was done over the holidays.
Plan ahead and take control of your eating choices. As you enter the New
Year, you will be happy and confident that you are one step closer to
meeting your weight loss goals.
DON'T LET LOVED ONES STAND IN YOUR WAY
Families often have long standing holiday traditions (including favorite
foods). If these foods derail you from your goals, it is ok to set them
aside for a year and try something new.
Try preparing a completely low carb meal and offer just one dessert (low
calorie) instead of the dessert buffet. Some family members may be temporarily
disappointed but you may be starting a few new holiday traditions as family
and friends come to appreciate your healthier menu. Ask yourself, who
will really be disappointed if I change up the holiday foods I serve this
year, my family and friends or myself?
Lastly, consider this: Have you ever come home from a party where you stayed
in control of your food choices but felt sad because you did not eat any
of the enticing foods offered? Probably not. Being in control of your
life feels good and can be very empowering!
We know you can do it and Profile can help! Set up a pre-holiday appointment
with your coach to game plan for the holidays. You’ll be happy you
did and, ultimately, more successful because of it!