Holiday STrategies

 
 

Enjoy the holidays!

Don’t forget, we do not have to wait for a holiday to take the time to be thankful for the good things we have in our lives. By being thankful every day, you can learn to focus on the positive, and this positive thinking will help you stay healthy & well.


The holiday season brings friends, family, & loved ones together to celebrate. It can also be a stressful time, wreaking havoc on our waistlines & undoing our weight-loss efforts if we’re not careful. This year, keep the commitment you’ve made to yourself, your health, and your waist by developing a survival strategy to help you successfully navigate those sometimes tricky holiday situations.

Avoid Portion Distortion: Use the smallest plate available for built-in portion control. Fill your plate with healthy choices proteins, and salad. Limit or skip foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.


Develop a Plan of Action: and you’ll be much more likely to enjoy the holiday season,  confident in your abilities to navigate those sometimes tricky scenarios.  A plan of action is a written strategy detailing the steps you’ll take to keep yourself on track with your weight- and health-management goals. Take time to create several plans of action, individualizing them for the various situations you’ll be faced with this season—from family events to office parties to dining with friends. Learning to manage your caloric intake is no different than managing your checkbook, car maintenance, or kid’s schedules. It takes commitment to focus on your health goals. CLICK HERE for a sample Plan of Action.


Choose (non) tempting treats: Choose to make or buy holiday treats that are easy for you to resist. If you’re a chocolate lover, offer goods. Love all things sweet? Give out miniature packets of pretzels, peanuts, or sugar-free gum, or make personalized gifts that don’t involve food.


Hectic schedules: There never seems to be enough time to plan, clean, shop, and cook. Manage your time by writing out your daily schedule before your commit to what you know you can accomplish.


Make time for your body: Exercise can help you burn and/or bank calories, which helps you to balance your calories consumed with your calories expended. Get your friends and family involved by suggesting group activities (such as that focus on physical health and take the emphasis off food.


Social Gathering: Holidays are intended to be social gatherings with friends and family, not eating frenzies. Emphasize the social interaction. Plan activities to make the day special: Visit a local pumpkin patch, volunteer at a food bank, or attend local parades or other celebratory events. If possible, include group walks or sports activities so that you can burn calories while having fun. By focusing on the company of those around you, you can celebrate the true spirit of the holidays and make lasting memories with your family and loved ones.


It’s a marathon, not a sprint: One slip-up or occasional indulgence will not ruin your chances of some unintended overeating, the best thing to do is get back on track immediately rather than waiting to restart or allowing this one lapse to become a relapse into old habits.


Strut your stuff: Use the holidays as an opportunity to be a role model for healthier living to those around you. Demonstrate the secrets of successful life-long maintainers by balancing moderate holiday indulgences with wise nutrition/food choices and increased physical activity.


Travel with your inspiration: If you’re traveling this holiday season, take along something that inspires you to stay on track with your health goals. Maybe your inspiration is a picture of you at your goal weight, a special poem, music that enlightens you, or an inspirational saying.

Some Strategies