Do you feel anxiety on the holidays? It’s supposed to be fun, but do you find yourself fearful about being able to control yourself around your mother’s mashed potatoes or your cousins’ chocolate cake?
You want to have fun and let go. . .but you DON’T want to wake up 5 pounds heavier on New Year’s Day (it happened to me!).
Here’s 5 tips to enjoy yourself over the holidays without gaining weight. Keep reading and at the end I’ll tell you about one of my holiday indulgences that I’ve been looking forward to since last year (it involves liquid chocolate . . . .)!
- Be easier on yourself. If you want a mug of hot chocolate, or have more dinners out than usual, it’s ok! This is a memorable time of the year, and for many of us, a rare time that things slow down. Be balanced in this time and enjoy some of the goodies that come with the holidays. If you don’t, come January you will look back and feel like you restricted yourself and will be more likely to have a binge-athon at that time.
- Take advantage of the meals when you have control over your food. If you have the option to make breakfast or lunch or dinner some nights, do that and eat healthy during those times. You may have more family and group dinners and you don’t always have total control in those situations. This way you’re still on track overall, even if you’re tempted by your mom’s cheesy garlic bread at dinner.
- Enjoy the sweets and cookies the night of the dinner or party, and throw them away afterwards. The real weight-gain comes on when it’s late at night and you know there are extra brownies or reindeer cookies in the kitchen — and you eat more and more. When they’re in your home, you almost need someone to physically restrain you from strolling over to the cookie jar! Take any leftover sweets to work or dispose them. YOU do NOT have to be the disposal!
- When you’re at a holiday meal or out to eat, fill your plate with proteins and vegetables first. Then, put a healthy carb on the side. During my “The Foods to Get Fit” 5-day challenge, I shared “How to Split Your Plate into These 3 Sections” – Proteins and Vegetables 40% each; Healthy Carbs 20%
- If you’re drinking alcohol, start the night drinking 2 glasses of water and focus on these lighter drinks. Water is important to start with so you hydrate yourself and feel better before you drink. Here are my favorite lighter drinks:
- Red or white wine
- Vodka or Gin with Club Soda and a Lime
- Vodka or Gin with Diet Tonic and a Lime
There is one drink I’m looking forward to (and it’s not on this list!). We’ll be celebrating Christmas with my sister’s family at their home, and my brother-in-law always makes me a delicious chocolate martini with Godiva chocolate liquer, Vodka, and Irish Cream, topped with a little fresh shaved chocolate.
It doesn’t feel like a holiday without one of these luscious martinis and I will NOT be feeling guilty while I drink this. . .I’ll know it’s an indulgence and savor every sip.
Let me know in the comments below if any of my holiday tips help you and if you plan on using any of them! I would to hear from you.