Here come the holidays and with them comes food, food and more food. If you believe the old saying, “through the lips and onto the hips”, you’re probably already stressing out over how you’re going to control the temptation of the constant barrage of goodies that comes along with the holiday season. One of the first things to remember is that depriving ourselves of every little treat or holiday food that we like is very hard to do. Instead, we should work on just maintaining our current weight. Here are some tips to help us stay on track.
- Drink a glass of water before you eat. Water takes up space and is calorie-free. You’ll feel less hungry and have less temptation to overeat.
- Eat slowly and wait 20 minutes before you go back for seconds or dessert. From the time you are full, it takes about 20 minutes for your digestive system to get this message to your brain. By waiting 20 minutes, you might find you don’t want seconds or dessert after all.
- During the traditional holiday meal, think of eating just the things you might only get to eat during the holidays. You can eat the mashed potatoes any old time.
- Eat a small bite (preferably protein) before you arrive at a holiday party. If you don’t arrive hungry, you’ll have a better chance passing up on the high fat/high carb snacks.
- Skip the dips and dressings, especially the creamy ones, or use a lower calorie one. If it’s your party or dinner, you have control over that.
- Stick to your exercise routine during the holidays. If you don’t have one then it’s a good time to start one. Just a few minutes a day will help. Not only will it help with weight control, but it will help with stress control.
- Try small amounts of multiple foods rather than taking two or three servings of any one food. I like doing this because my portions are smaller and I get to taste more dishes.
- Before indulging in a holiday treat or feast, stop and ask yourself, “How important is this to me compared to my long-term weight goals?” Stopping to ask yourself this question may make that piece of fudge look less appealing.
- Make a list of all the reasons you don’t want to gain extra weight this holiday season. Keep the list handy and read it every day.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you slip and indulge a little too much in the eggnog or the sugar cookies. Tomorrow is a new day and you can make better choices then.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us about how to keep the holiday eating in check? We’d love to hear from you.