It is so tempting to overeat during the holidays. There are so many parties to attend and holiday dinners with all those tantalizing dishes to tempt your taste buds. It is a wonder we don’t all balloon up and put on 10 extra pounds or more! If you struggle with holiday weight-gain, you may want to read on and find some easy ways to derail the holiday weight train.
There are many reasons besides parties and holiday dinners to blame for our extra pudge we usually put on during this time of year. They are: feeling overwhelmed, food is everywhere you look, you bake and cook more than normal, the food is soooooo good. The reasons are good ones and trying to resist the temptation to eat it all is just to much to fight, or is it? Here are some simple ways to help you fight those extra pounds.
Food Everywhere Temptation
You work at an office and clients keep dropping off plates and containers of goodies. Cookies, candy, fudge and fruitcakes, you see them everywhere! When you know you will be faced with temptation the best defense is to fill up ahead of time on low calorie or 0 calorie beverages and snacks. Carry a baggie of carrot and celery sticks to munch on before heading into the office or party. It is also a good idea to drink a lot of water. Water is known to fill you up, so you feel full and are less likely to want to reach for those goodies. Have one and then walk away. Eat the goodie slowly and savor it. Think about every bite you take and ask yourself, if you REALLY want to eat it? If you are the boss and your office receives way too many goodies, think about donating the extra goodies to a nursing home or retirement center, or homeless shelter.
Holiday Party Temptation
Try to have fun at the party by doing some activity like chatting with friends, meeting new people, or dancing. Do not concentrate on the food, but concentrate on having a really good time. Tell everyone that you are trying to eat healthy and hopefully they will not push all the “you have to try this” food on you. Motivate yourself by wearing a really, fantastic looking outfit to the party that will remind you of why you need the will power to overcome the temptation to overindulge in too much food and drink. Try to be last in line to the buffet tables, this way you will have time to size up the food you really want to eat and hopefully all the really fattening stuff will be gone by the time you are passing by those trays. Help yourself to the foods you want, but take smaller portion sizes, so that you can eat what you want, but consume less calories than you normally would. Again drink lots of water, this will help you to feel full, so you will not want to overeat. Watch the alcohol, it will loosen up your resolve to eat less and alcohol is high in calories. Choose diet soda or water instead.
Holiday Baking and Cooking
This is a tough one for me, because I love to bake and cook. Especially around the holidays, my family asks for those special treats to be made up. If you tend to sample while you work in the kitchen a really neat trick is to keep gum on hand, so you can pop a piece in your mouth and keep your busy chewing the gum so you will not be tempted to sample what you are baking or cooking. Never cook or bake on an empty stomach, so eat first, then cook. Also, think about what time of day, you usually have the strongest cravings for food and avoid baking and cooking at that time of day. Use low-fat substitutes like skim milk, low fat sour cream or light margarine when possible in your recipes.
I hope these tips will help you this holiday season to avoid the extra pounds while still having lots of fun.