Eating Right over the Holidays!

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As we all know the holiday season can be a challenge if you are trying to maintain or even lose weight over the holiday season. Last year, while losing my weight I managed to lose weight over the holiday season, first time ever in my life I am sure.  This year I am maintaining but this still requires me to be very aware of anything I put in my body.

As people find out how much weight I have lost they are always asking me for tips on how I was so successful.  Here are some tips on how to survive this holiday season;

  1. Keep your Christmas baking to just doing a dozen at a time.  Make it more of a family affair so it’s more about spending the time together and less about the cookies you are about to consume.
  2. Keep your baking in a covered Tupperware container on top of the fridge. Out of sight, out of mind!
  3. When it comes to the traditional turkey dinner I changed the following; I use dehydrated gravies, they are yummy and no one notices once you have all those other savory flavours on the table. I bake my (meatless) stuffing outside of my turkey.  When making my stuffing I use only enough oil to sauté the vegetables and use chicken broth to get everything moist. Mash your potatoes with lighter fat milk, I use 1% milk.  Lastly, you actually don’t need any butter in those mashed potatoes to make them smooth, trust me!
  4. Before dinner make sure you have a large glass of water so you aren’t sitting down super hungry.
  5. Plan! Plan out your days; figure out which days are going to be the hardest to keep within your calorie intake so you can have a lighter breakfast those days.
  6. Have lots of fruit around the house.  For those times you something sweet, try an orange first.  It might just do the trick.
  7. Plan some workouts into that busy schedule; even if that is a family walk after your dinners, doing a 30 min walk is better than nothing. I plan to do a run Christmas morning once we are all done our breakfast.  It’s a great time to get out for even 30 minutes.  Everyone is usually napping or showering, no one will miss you.  Go! 🙂
  8. If you are the shopper, don’t buy the junk.  If your family really wants it, then make it a fast trip to the store so you are making a conscious decision to bring it into the house.  Maybe while they have their chip fix, this would be a great time to go for a run or take a bath.  I personally have found if I avoid these foods, I no longer crave them.
  9. Allow yourself one treat.  Maybe there is going to be a dessert you really want and aren’t willing to miss out on. No problem, anything in moderation right?  Just make sure you are having a smaller portion.
  10. Watch those liqueur’s.  I am with you, I love a coffee and bailey’s as I watch my family Christmas morning but be careful they are full of calories and fat.  Anything in moderation. 🙂
  11. Measure and weigh your food as much as possible.  If you journal your food, make sure you are recording everything! If you normally don’t journal, this may be a great time to start, this will help keep you aware of any foods you are taking in. Remember, that includes the nibbling, it all adds up.
  12. Don’t beat yourself up! If you have a bad day, no problem, tomorrow is a new one.  Do not wake up and think “well I messed it up so I might as well just go town and eat it.” Today is a new day so set yourself straight and get back on track.

Let me know if any of these tips helped you out.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas with your families!

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