By the time December rolls around we are in full holiday mode, and if not careful we can lose track of our health goals we have worked on all year. Today, I am sharing some of my favorite tips to assist you during this season.
Keep Your Mindset Right
The holidays are only a few days a year. Don’t blow all your hard work because of a couple of days. Keep your head in the game and don’t get off track because of a holiday fare.
There are two reasons why we typically give into holiday food temptations.
- Hard to pass up seasonal foods. 2. Not wanting to risk offending someone by refusing their food offering. By thinking ahead, you have the opportunity to prepare yourself mentally and be ready to face temptation.
- Eat Before
Having a small meal before the event is a tried and true strategy to help you stay focused. Going hungry to a party only sets you up to fail. Learn to accept the compliments you receive at the party. Comments like, “you really look great”, can help keep your hands and eyes off all the food that will try to trip you up. Remember you’re setting an example by abstaining from sugary treats or over-indulging. Even if you aren’t aware of it yet, others are watching.
Have A Ready Answer
When questioned why you made the decision to eat a low carb diet, have an answer ready. Rehearse in advance your reason for your lifestyle choice. Answers like, “I am choosing to stay on plan because it works for me and it’s helping me get healthy,” can help people understand that you are not saying no to them but to the foods that have the potential to get you off plan.
Drink More Water
Now’s not the time to cut back on your water consumption. Staying hydrated not only flushes toxins from your body, it keeps the cravings at bay. In fact, drinking a little more water during the holidays is great way to stay on track.
During the holiday season try to squeeze in extra workouts. Why not start a new tradition and go for a walk or another activity after the holiday meal!
Load Up on Vegetables
During holiday parties, go for the dip and vegetable platter first. Chances are these dips are low in carbs and they will keep you satiated longer.
Host the party or be a gracious guest. As a host, you are in charge of what is served by having lots of low carb options. If you’re a guest,
take a healthy low carb option to share. It gives you an opportunity to educate others on your lifestyle and assures you have something you can eat.
Don’t Fall for The Trap
“But it’s just one bite”, has caused many to fail. It is important to note that people who can pass the test of “just one bite”, are few and far between. Remind yourself why you started this journey, don’t risk your progress with a bite that can spiral you out of control.
Ace the Test
You may pass the meal test but lingering at the table when the sweets are passed around, may prove to be too great! Even a small piece of dessert can cause your sugar cravings to soar. If you choose to stay at the table, sip on coffee or tea or have a few berries with whipped cream. During this season when temptations abound, prepare to have low carb treats at the ready to assist you.
Wait what??? By indulge I mean, eat more of what is permitted on plan. Have more protein, more low carb vegetables. Having more of what’s on plan will help you not feel deprived. The extra low carb friendly food will help you stay full longer and less likely to fall for the high carb options that surround you during this time of year. So, go ahead and indulge a little!
The holidays are meant to be special but special does not have to equate with food. Honor your need to be a little decadent in ways other ways. Treat yourself to something that brings you a lasting memory and not regret.
Don’t use food as a reward. Gift yourself with an experience i.e., a movie, play, perfume etc.
Don’t Keep the Left-Overs!
Don’t be caught with a fridge full of temptations. As the host make sure you share the leftovers with your guests. If you are offered leftovers at a party, kindly pass up the option. Remember out of site out of mind!
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