Breaking the Holiday Habit: A Guide to Staying Thin This Season
I sure do love the holidays. Not because of Santa or decorations or presents - I love it because I get to spend time with my family eating and drinking, then I get to spend January trying to undo the damage done to my waistline and psyche. That part, I hate. I have, though, developed a system for breaking the pattern of Season’s Eatings. The only way to break a pattern is break it.
Don’t change the way you eat at home. Just because it is a holiday doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation from your routine. Stay on your normal food schedule, don’t grocery shop any differently than you normally do. If you want a Christmas cookie, you have to know you will encounter them at Christmas parties. Eat other peoples’ cookies, not your own.
When you do come across holiday food at Christmas parties, you have three options: 1) Abstain. 2) Take a cocktail plate off the buffet and collect one of each item you want - one cookie, one square of fudge, one deviled egg... that is your party meal. Nurse it slowly, enjoy every bite; when the plate is empty, get rid of it and enjoy having eaten those items, as well as keeping your waistline. 3) Don’t eat throughout the night - visit with friends, gossip, exchange gifts, play games. When you are ready to leave, on your way to putting on your coat, check out the buffet and eat one or two items that get your attention - then get your coat and run for the hills. Do not look back.
Avoid overeating at parties by having a healthy and substantial dinner before leaving for the fete. You are playing the real life "Hunger Games" and you want to win.
Schedule your workouts. Put them on your calendar. Consider it a must do and just do it; like when you wake up in the morning, you brush your teeth - your workout is an essential, like breathing or drinking water. You don’t think about it, you just do it. Keep your gym bag by the front door or in your car and go train. I think of my training as my job. All excuses are invalid. Miss no workouts!
Make sure the foods you prepare at home are filled with flavor. Use spice, cook with onion, put lemon in your water; if you make sure everything you eat is overloaded with flavor, you will feel more satisfied.