Proactive Strategies for the Holiday Saboteur
Eggnog, cookies, fruitcake, oh my! We can sometimes be overwhelmed by the multitude of delicious dishes and delectable deserts that we just want to sink our teeth into. Aunt Carol’s famous snicker salad, or grandma’s traditional sweet potatoes. It can be hard to say no to these classics when celebrating the holidays with family and friends.
For those with a strong will to just say no, we salute you! For the rest of us, there are some actions that you can take to be proactive this holiday season instead of sabotaging your progress on the plan:
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR PORTIONS
For many of us, holiday celebrations conjure up special memories of favorite foods created with love or ignite us in gleeful anticipation of consuming unhealthy holiday goodies. It’s easy to tell ourselves that we only get this food once a year, so indulging is ok this one time.
While this is somewhat true, portion control is key! Have a “reasonable” portion of a beloved food and remember it is never necessary to over eat a food because you can and will have it again at another time.
DON'T LET ONE INDULGENCE TURN INTO A SEASON OF OVER INDULGING
It starts with just a bite of this and a taste of that and ultimately leads to an “oh no” realization that you over indulged. Disillusioned, it ends with an agreement that you will eat what you want over the holidays this year and get back on track in the New Year.
Don’t buy into that thought! Change your thought process and adjust at the next meal to make up for your mistake. Remember the old saying: “two wrongs don’t make a right.” If this happens, you owe it to yourself to nip this in the bud before it gets out of control. Don’t keep making mistakes!
PLAN AHEAD FOR POSITIVE RESULTS
When we make a decision to eat off our food plan in the hopes we will enjoy the season more, we often spend our time obsessing, sad and frustrated that we went off our plan. Conflicting thoughts like, “I can’t believe I am doing this” and “I feel so awful about it, but I don’t want to stop,” create an internal struggle that taints the enjoyment of the season. In addition, you may become disheartened, overwhelmed, and anxious about what you need to do in the New Year to undo what was done over the holidays.
Plan ahead and take control of your eating choices. As you enter the New Year, you will be happy and confident that you are one step closer to meeting your weight loss goals.
DON'T LET LOVED ONES STAND IN YOUR WAY
Families often have long standing holiday traditions (including favorite foods). If these foods derail you from your goals, it is ok to set them aside for a year and try something new.
Try preparing a completely low carb meal and offer just one dessert (low calorie) instead of the dessert buffet. Some family members may be temporarily disappointed but you may be starting a few new holiday traditions as family and friends come to appreciate your healthier menu. Ask yourself, who will really be disappointed if I change up the holiday foods I serve this year, my family and friends or myself?
Lastly, consider this: Have you ever come home from a party where you stayed in control of your food choices but felt sad because you did not eat any of the enticing foods offered? Probably not. Being in control of your life feels good and can be very empowering!
We know you can do it and Profile can help! Set up a pre-holiday appointment with your coach to game plan for the holidays. You’ll be happy you did and, ultimately, more successful because of it!