Eating well this time of year can be tricky, especially since “the holidays” run from the beginning of Thanksgiving all the way thru New Year’s Eve. That’s approximately 6-7 weeks of possible holiday gatherings! Almost all holiday celebrations center around food, so temptation is always lurking around the corner. At Complete Clinics, we understand that having options and strategies to avoid these temptations will help you maintain motivation and stay on your program through the hustle and bustle of the season.
Check out these great tips below from our clinicians and support staff:
- Avoid the Gain. On average, a person can gain 7-10 lbs over the holiday season! So, sometimes just maintaining your weight during this time can be a realistic goal and still represents success.
- Give it away. Don’t keep leftover carbohydrate dense dishes. If you are hosting, make sure to send the leftovers home with your guests or donate them if appropriate.
- Just say no, politely. Similar to above, if you are the attendee of a holiday party, don’t take leftovers home.
- Snack up. Focus on healthy snacking during a holiday party. Cold cuts, cheese, nuts, and vegetable platters are a great place to start.
- Find common ground. Sit next to a healthy eater or someone who is on the program with you. Having a buddy and accountability is an important key to success.
- Drink in moderation. Alcohol should always be consumed sparingly without sweet mixers. (Examples: soda or juice).
- Get Moving. Maintain your current exercise routine or start gradually, if it’s not a part of your routine yet. Suggest an after dinner walk or morning hike to move more and spend time with family.
- Try to make healthy choices everyday. Don’t wait until January 1 to revamp your health.
- Shake up the menu. Look for new recipes that will help you stay on your program and substitute them for traditional items. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we give a facelift to some traditional dishes.
- Stress Relief. There is no doubt that this time of year can be very stressful with family gatherings, shopping, and travel. Make sure to keep a list of stress reduction ideas instead of turning to food. Try a warm bath, a good book, a massage, or any activity that you find enjoyable to calm the mind and body.
- Protein power. Make sure to continue eating protein every 3 hours (Simeon’s patients need not follow this advice).
- Fuel up! You wouldn’t take your car on a five hour drive on an almost empty tank so make sure to eat before you go to a holiday party. It will ensure you don’t go hungry and fill up on the good stuff first.
- Enjoy the Holidays. Lastly, it’s not necessary to avoid all carbohydrates and sweets during the holiday season but it is important to limit the quantity and try to limit intake to the actual day and not every day in between.
What is your plan to make it through the Holidays?
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