Published on November 27, 2021
The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are filled with lots of food festivities and socializing. Whether it’s dining out, going to a holiday party, or seeing treats everywhere, from the office to the candy jar at your favorite store, the holiday season really puts our willpower to the test.
This is also the season for running around, shopping, and going all day (and sometimes evenings too!) without much of a break.
Every event may seem like an excuse to splurge but, if you do, you’re going to suffer both emotional and physical consequences. However, with some planning there is no reason why you can’t come out healthier — and maybe even a few pounds lighter — than you were before.
So, here are some tips that I’ve successfully used with clients. Even if you just incorporate a few of them into your daily routine, you are taking a step in the right direction, and by the new year, these small steps may develop into full-fledged habits.
If you do, I guarantee you will probably end up eating just about anything you can get your hands on when you get to starving mode, and blood sugar drops.
Eat well-balanced meals with some protein and fiber to help keep your blood sugar steady. Yogurt with fruit in the morning and a salad with grilled chicken or beans for lunch can certainly sustain you and also leave some room in your tummy for your favorite treat here or there.
A piece of fruit and string cheese, a yogurt with an apple, a few one-cup size servings of carrots or other raw veggies make great choices to keep your hunger at bay.
When pouring yourself a glass of wine, to get an estimated 4-ounce serving, don’t rely on just filling up a glass halfway, since many glasses are half full of 10 ounces of wine, which quickly turns a 125-calorie glass into a 250-calorie one. If possible, use a champagne flute because they’re taller and narrower. Here’s what 6 oz. looks like in various-shaped wine glasses, but keep in mind that 4 oz. = 1 Fruit.
No matter how busy you get, no matter how tempted you might be to give it up in order to get another hour or two of shopping done, be committed and determined to get in your exercise or workouts. Don’t give them up.
Stave off feelings of deprivation by planning to intentionally indulge wisely.
Instead of wasting calories on foods that you can have at any time of the year, pick items that are truly special and unique to the season, like your grandmother’s candied yams or your daughter’s first batch of Christmas cookies.
Alcohol increases your appetite and diminishes your ability to control what you eat.
Water. Water. Water. All day long.
It is possible to maintain — and not gain — during the holidays. And if you work hard to maintain, chances are you might even lose a pound or two.