It seems that this is the time of year when there is food everywhere you go - special holiday food. Do you remember the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar? He ate through a whole bunch of food. Of course at the end - he was huge and then turned into a beautiful butterfly. Now this works for caterpillars. But we are not caterpillars. However, if you find that you gain weight each holiday season - you can have YOUR OWN TRANSFORMATION, just like the caterpillar to a butterfly - but it is through understanding what you really want to eat - and making conscious choices and deal with those cravings.
Most people find themselves gaining 5 to 10 pounds over the holidays. This is due in part to a belief that you will by abandoning all your healthy eating habits. Many people start eating food not so good for them, and it is just the Very Hungry Caterpillar, it starts with 1 and before you know it - tons. We have tips for you to help you, so take a listen to the show for your tips on avoiding the holiday bulge and catch some highlights below.
During the holidays your stress levels may increase and that can contribute to weight gain as well. You don't have to avoid desserts either, it is more about consciously eating and not eating everything in sight like the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
You don't have to fall into this trap, it is possible to enjoy holiday goodies without putting on a single pound. Portion control is the key.
Here are you quick tips for avoiding holiday weight gain.
- Never arrive at a gathering hungry.
- Eat healthy food before going, get your good food in.
- Eat chia seeds to help you feel full.
- Make sure you are hydrated, drinking your water needs.
- Take a healthy snack or herbal tea with you.
- Get your protein needs met. When you have enough protein you crave less.
- Don't save up your calories for the party. BIG MISTAKE. If you arrive starving you will have no self control. Eat your regular healthy meals. Then go to the party.
- Pay attention to the people and the reason for the season or the gathering. Don't make the holidays all about food. Connect with people and make memories.
- Take pictures
- Write down stories by family members
- Take your time when eating.
- Use a small plate
- Fill up on healthier food first
- Stay hydrated at the gathering
- Talk to people and slow down while eating.
- Be picky - only eat what you really want.
- If you don't normally eat a food, don't eat it unless it is something you really want.
- Don't overeat just because you blew it. Put the brakes on.
- If you drink alcohol, watch the number of drinks and set a limit.
- Make sure you really want a dessert. Don't eat it just because it is there.
- Eat small portions of desserts.
- Eat what you love, don't eat it if it is not spectacular.
- Can you eat a bite and move on?
- Bring your own treats.
- If you really don't want the sweets at the office or that people bring - don't eat it. If you do wan them, have a small amount and give away the rest.
- Learn to use the 3 bite rule for desserts. Three bites: 1st amazing bite, satisfying middle bite, and the lingering 3rd bite.
- If you are doing the cooking, prepare healthier options. Many people actually appreciate it. Most traditional holiday food can be made healthier.
- Watch how much you are eating and 'tasting' while cooking.
- There are tons of recipes on the internet with a healthier twist.
- Whip your own cream and add stevia and vanilla.
- Use real food like real butter.
- You can make desserts with a lot less sugar.
- People love fruit and veggie platters.
- Don't keep leftovers unless you really want them and they wont be a problem. Send them off with guests.
- Spread your holiday meal favorites over several days. We love to eat left over turkey with a new side dish each day. I don't feel the need to cram all my favorite food into 1 meal.
- Keep moving and exercising. Studies show that when you start your day with exercise, you tend to eat less tempting food. If your too busy to do a regular workout, then squeeze in 10 to 15 minutes of exercise. It is better than nothing.
- Keep weighing yourself. Get a new relationship with the scale. It is a good feedback to tell you if you are gaining weight.
- Watch stress levels.
- Don't stress eat.
- Get your sleep. When you don't get enough sleep it through off your hormones and you eat more.
- Learn to say no.
- What do you want to say yes to?
- What do you want to say no to?
- Get a game plan. Decide what you want to do and what you really want to eat. If you want that pumpkin pie, have it. But then choose not to have a whole piece of every other pie. Or even better - don't eat the whole pie.
- Deal with cravings ahead of time. Here are some great tools.
Join us every Wednesday at 9:00 AZ time zone on the Get Real! with Mark and Kally on Your True Colours Image Radio Network.
Do you have any tips to share to help avoid gaining weight during the holidays? Do you have amazing and delicious healthy food recipes that you make for the holidays? Please share.
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