It’s almost December 1st, have you stuck your head in the sand yet?
Let’s try something different this year, and actually avoid gaining weight this holiday season. Seriously, this can be done without sacrificing the enjoyment of all the magical treats this time of year has to offer. If we are wise, we can maintain our weight (even with FMS), avoiding the starvation diets and short-lived gym memberships that January holds for so many.Let's try something different & AVOID gaining weight this holiday season... Click To Tweet
4 Surefire Ways To Avoid Gaining Weight This Holiday ~
Choose Your Weapon Carefully ~ When facing the choices put before you, whether at a social engagement or family get together, think of how to arrange your first line of defense against mindless gorging. Load that plate with vegetables and a dip/spread serving about the size of 3 Tablespoons. If you don’t measure out your portion, you will end up over-eating. This goes for any appetizer food really. Don’t deny yourself the foods you want to eat, just portion out one or two and bulk up on the healthy low-calorie option. Another tip?…Always eat before going out. Everything is a trade-off. Better to not have a momentary hedonistic pleasure gorge, and be able to face the next day feeling good in mind & body, knowing you won’t have the extra poundage to deal with.
Parole The Perimeters ~ Every grocery store has the same lay out. Healthy, nutritious foods surround an interior that contains poor quality – processed food. The perishable section is where you want to concentrate on filling up the majority of your shopping cart. Yes, its more expensive. So is the price we pay for feeling like crap.
Pace Yourself, Woman! ~ Love the white chocolate pretzels covered in peppermint chips like I do? Don’t put them in the cart every time you go to the store. The old axiom ‘out of sight, out of mind’, is applicable here. DO NOT have your personal trigger foods available in the pantry all the time…you WILL eat them if they are there. So, knowing we have 31 days to deal with, spread out the time when you have your seasonal treats handy.
Seek The Hidden Treasure ~ Look for local options that make healthy eating affordable. For instance, in my area there is a organization that sells 60lbs of fruit & vegetables for only $10 every third Saturday of the month (see pic below). Make stews/sauces/veg dishes with produce, freeze these, and you can have quick/easy options available throughout the month. You can also do this by keeping track of fruit/veg sales at the store. Stock up and make ahead when produce is on discount. I know it’s a pain, but so is feeling horrible.