Thanksgiving is the time for the infamous “3 F’s”…football, family, and food. It seems like the start of the holiday eating fest begins this week and continues all the way through January 2nd. Between the work parties, holiday parties, visiting friends and family, shopping, going out to eat for lunch, the special menus, and the smell of the brisk cold air, present us with many opportunities to eat poorly during the next six weeks.
Here are three of my tips to help you get through this challenging time while maintaining your current weight, and maybe even continuing to lose weight.
1. Scrumptious treats are everywhere, so BE SELECTIVE- It’s ok to enjoy yourself, but the key is to limit yourself to foods that you deem truly worthy. For me, instead of eating every cake and cookie in sight, I hold out for an opportunity to really savor some cheesecake or an ice cream sundae.
2. If you overindulge, don’t punish yourself – If you eat too much at the holiday meal, don’t follow it up with “detox” or overdoing a workout. Instead, eat sensible, balanced meals, and exercise as usual.
3. Manipulate the Scale – After going to parties or big meals with family, ignore the scale for a few days. Remember, eating too much food once or twice is not going to affect your overall weight. However, eating too much food every day of the holiday season will surely pack on the pounds.
I hope you find these suggestions helpful, and I wish you all a joyful holiday season.