Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
If you are trying to eat healthy for any reason — high cholesterol, weight loss, or just to feel better — this is a really hard time of year. Between the holiday parties, cookie swaps, and family gatherings, there’s just too much temptation.
We have all seen the eye-opening statistics that the time between Halloween and New Year’s Eve, the average adult gains five to ten pounds. Most Americans who gain weight between Halloween and New Year’s Eve generally don’t lose that weight ever again, resulting in annual weight gain.
But there is hope, and I am dedicated to helping you to manage your weight this holiday season!
Weight gain can be minimized (even avoided) during the holiday season with the right mindset and a plan.
Check out these strategies that will help you stay on track:
Say “NO” to Deprivation. The moment you tell yourself something is off limits, that is all your brain can focus on. If you truly want Auntie Anne’s famous Bundt cake, mind your portions.
Eat Mindfully. You want to mind your portions and you also want to eat mindfully. Make sure that you are really paying attention to the food on your plate. Notice the smell of the food as you put the food in your mouth and chew slowly. This tip alone will help you lose weight!
Make a healthy side dish. If you know that there won’t be a lot of healthy alternatives, you can offer to bring a healthy side dish. Everyone will love you for it!
Keep yourself accountable. Cheese and crackers, a taste of this and a bite of that….it’s so easy to nibble your way to an extra pants size. Keep a food diary to keep yourself honest and on track.
Keep healthy snacks on hand. Apples, pears, cheese sticks, a few squares of high quality dark chocolate…whatever healthier foods that you find satisfying. This not only will help you avoid overeating once you leave the house, it will also help you with the temptations in the workplace.
Drink water. Sometimes we reach for food when we are actually thirsty. And water will help keep you feeling full. Keep a water bottle filled and in sight as a reminder to drink your water!
Choose protein. Sugar and carbs not only make you fat, they make you hungry. This is why people want to eat a dozen donuts in one sitting, but wouldn’t dream about eating a whole chicken in one sitting! Lean meat, fish and eggs are all good choices when planning your holiday meal.
Make small talk. Focusing on your guests will keep you engaged in the spirit of the holidays.
Move it. Move as much as possible. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park a ways from the mall entrance and walk. Get to the gym. Whatever you choose, aim for a total of 30 minutes of movement a day.
Planning is the key to staying on track with your weight loss and overall health and wellness goals this holiday season. Your behaviors are made up of the little daily choices you make: your decision to exercise, eat healthy, and drink water instead of soda.
Frustrated with all your attempts at weight loss? Contact Janine today and schedule your complimentary “Ditch the Diet” strategy session.
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Janine Gilarde is a Registered Nurse,Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a Certified Reiki Master Teacher with over 10 years of experience using holistic and traditional approaches to health and wellness.
Her mission is to help others manage their weight, their stress and their overall well-being.
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