Ask yourself how important your goals are to you? You chose this time of the year to really dive into your goals and that is WONDERFUL. While most of America is gaining 10 LBS you chose to lose 10 LBS and I congratulate you for that. But what about all the fun ?! You are probably thinking to yourself: “Everyone else is going to have a blast with all of that food, and cheer! Ill be over here missing out.” Guess what friend? I have often thought the same exact thing! Holiday parties give me anxiety for sure! I worked so hard all week/month/ year… I don’t want to go to a few Holiday Parties and Christmas dinner and blow all of my hard work! But the truth is you do not have to completely sacrifice all of your hard work and sacrifice all of the fun! Holiday parties can in fact be fun if you make smart choices. Sure you will probably want to let caution go to the wind at these Holiday gatherings, but is it worth 4 months of hard work for 4 holiday parties?! NOPE!!!
So here are a few of my favorite Holiday Party tips to get you through the rest of December!!!
1. Chose 1 Social gathering to throw a little caution to the wind at and let lose! We all need a little vacation from portion controlling and counting carbs/calories / whatever it is that you count! I am serious… chose only one and make it a good one!!! I dare say… actual Christmas day! That is when my family is around. They are the most important people in my life and so I want to let lose with them! Its up to you! Of course do not gorge, stop when you are full.
2. Make sure to get a nice deep workout in on the days of each Holiday gathering! Studies show that when you work out first thing in the morning you are more likely to stay on track with your eating because you already put in that “SWEAT EQUITY!” You already made QUIT THE PERSONAL INVESTMENT! You will also set up a nice calorie deficit for yourself! That way the damage wont be to severe. Be careful not to completely throw caution to the wind at each gathering because you worked out more. Its not an exact science, your body will use any excess carbs that your body doesn’t use and store them as fat! Its called Carb spill over and its a very fine line!
3. On the days that you are NOT throwing caution to the wind remember this “YOU HAVE TASTED THAT STUFF BEFORE, YOU DO NOT NEED A REMINDER. YOU ARE STRONG, AND YOU WILL HAVE IT AGAIN ONE DAY! YOU ARE ON A MISSION TO GET TIGHT ABS, AND THAT TASTES MUCH BETTER AND FEELS BETTER. You are going to be one hot Mamma come spring and all of these people gorging with candy and brownies will be envious of the sacrifice YOU MADE!”
4. Plan your meal around the gathering. Ask the right questions!
What will be served at your gathering?
Will there be protein?
Will there be vegetables?
Ask with respect and tact! I like to make up something like “I have low blood sugar and I need to make sure I bring my protein or eat it before hand.”
If you know that there will not be protein, eat your meal before you go. If there is protein make sure you remember your portions and create your typical meal around the food that is available. Drink plenty of water, bring chewing gum, bring a friend who is also on a diet plan. Hold one another accountable!
5. If you must drink… wine! Just one glass though, and if that is really not enough for you, drink a little vodka, soda water, and lime! Limit yourself there though. After that chug water and chew your gum. If you have been dieting, those two drinks should get your nice and saucy for the dance floor !!!
6. Pick out a really slim fitting dress for the gathering. Make sure it is a dress with very little forgiveness. I like to do bandage dressed to parties!!! Why?! Because there is no forgiveness. It fits right where it needs to and if I go out of control in my diet, well… there is no hiding it to myself. Just a little added accountability trick 😉
7. Avoid cookies, avoid pies, avoid candies. If you really want a little treat just 1, chug some water afterwards and chew some gum!!!
8. I know I keep saying “chew some gum” , but gum really does keep my mouth busy, keeps my mind thinking I am still snacking, and gives me decent breath for social settings… duh!!
9. Be a food snob. If you don’t love it, don’t eat it, says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Melinda Johnson, MS, RD. Scan the buffet for foods you truly treasure and skip the everyday dishes that are available all year long. And don’t think it’s your responsibility to sample everything on the buffet. Go ahead and indulge in your personal holiday favorites, then find a seat and, slowly and mindfully, savor every mouthful.
10. No skipping meals. Always eat normally on the day of a party. “People who skip meals to save up calories tend to overeat everything in sight once they get there,” says Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, author of Diet Simple. “Eating sensibly throughout the day will take the edge off the appetite and empower a bit of restraint.” Start with a nourishing breakfast, have a light lunch, then a small snack or salad shortly before the event.
11. Check it out. First things first. When you arrive at the party, grab a sparkling water with a twist, and wait at least 30 minutes before eating. This will give you time to relax, get comfortable in your surroundings, and survey your food choices on the buffet before diving in, says Tallmadge. A buffet is an invitation to eat all you can, and unless you carefully scrutinize it and make wise choices, you’re likely to overeat.
12. Add fun and games. Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, co-author of Your Diet Is Driving Me Crazy, proposes taking the focus off food and getting family and friends more active during holiday parties. Think horseshoes, badminton, sledding, ice skating, or building snowmen. Indoors, try a spirited game of charades, or rent an instructional dance video followed by a dance-off. “The best parties include dancing, so why not make dancing after eating a new holiday tradition for a great form of fun and recreation?” asks David Katz, MD, MPH, author of The Flavor Point Diet.
13. Alternate alcohol with nonalcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories — especially holiday favorites like eggnog. “Cut your alcohol calories in half by alternating water or seltzer between alcoholic beverages,” Katz advises.
14. Skip the appetizers. “Eschew the appetizers rather than chewing on them,” says Katz. If you need a little nibble before the meal, go for the veggies, fruit, salsa, or a small handful of nuts.
15. Limit the variety. Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Mindless Eating, suggests putting only two items on your plate when you go to the food table. Return as many times as you like, but only take two items each time. “Variety stimulates appetite, and if you limit your choices to just a few items and stick with these, it will be easier to control than eating a little bit of 20 different dishes,” agrees Katz.
My New Year New You Fitness Challenge will begin on January 5th!!
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