Survive the Holiday Season with your Weight Intact
Honestly, the biggest problem with this time of year is that our indulgence doesn’t happen over one day or once or twice in a month. It’s not called a ‘season’ for nothing. It’s because we indulge week after week with the pre-Christmas work parties leading on to the Christmas week get togethers and then New Year celebrations. And everything in between. We eat calorie laden ‘discretionary’ food and drink regularly over a couple of months. No wonder we make new years resolutions.
And if there is anything that kills weight loss it’s a lack of consistency. The holiday season involves so much of what we LOVE. Amazing food, happy times with loved ones, fruity flavoured sugary drinks and extra effort put into dessert, baked goods and snacks. It’s a time when our mentality is ‘let’s go all out’ or ‘I’ve had a big year, I deserve it’. And that’s pretty hard to argue against, except that it can COMPLETELY UNDO ANY WEIGHT LOSS THAT WE’VE WORKED SO HARD FOR. That, and it messes with our minds because we put pressure on ourselves as we still aren’t fitting into that dress that we said we would and the thought of family parties around the pool wearing swimmers sends the fear of God into us.
So you have two choices, one - say ‘stuff it’ and have a break. After all, you DO deserve it and a little bit of self care goes a long way. I mean it. Eat the chips, and the icecream. But recognise that if this continues, you’re not going to lose weight.
Or you can be a little bit more tactical and throw a bit of a plan in place now, rather than when you’re faced with that enormous table full of your mum’s best Christmas food ever.
So, here are my top ten strategies for surviving the next two months. You’re ready to make change otherwise you wouldn’t have read this far so let’s do it. Make these strategies your plan and stick to it. If you can’t do them all then choose a few.
Then choose one or two days where you don’t stick to this and you eat whatever you want and be ok with that. But for the rest of the parties and gatherings, stick to your plan like glue. You won’t regret it.
Offer to help design the menu at family get-togethers aim to get loads of beautiful salads, vege sticks, wholefood dips, wild caught fish and grass fed cuts of meat and fruit salad on the table so you have plenty to choose from.
Suggest restaurants to meet at when you’re catching up for workplace parties where you know you can get something that suits your healthy eating goals
Choose drinks that are low in sugar and don’t drink more than two in a night. If you absolutely need to drink more, then alternate with water, not soft drink.
Design yourself a set of ‘bare minimums’ and stick to it.
Load up on vegetables wherever you can and eat them first.
Do the same for protein dense foods and eat them second.
Finish eating when you’re hungry and don’t eat unless you’re hungry.
Eat something before you go to a party and don’t snack and drink at the same time.
Move as much as possible - stand rather than sit, swim at the pool party, take public transport to the event, play with the kids etc.
Get someone to do your hard work for you, like see a nutritionist and make your plan together ;)