“How do you get through the holidays and not gain weight?”
I have been asked this question more than a dozen times this past week alone.
The Thanksgiving Holiday is the official start of an entire eating season. 🙂
This is my fourth Thanksgiving (roughly 1,200+ days) with my new eating habits. So what is my strategy for staying active and eating healthy during our food-obssessed Holiday season?
I create and stick to a plan.
My plan for this Holiday season is not very sexy/cool/fun. It’s simple and straight forward. If you have ever gone on a diet of any kind, you’ve heard most of the tips I now rely on.
The specific strategies aren’t the point. The point is that I have a plan. And I follow the plan to the best of my ability.
So, what is my plan for Thanksgiving?
Activity. I am going for a run. I will work up a sweat. No, I am NOT exercising SO I can eat more. I am exercising to be healthy and live a balanced life. Exercise is a habit and a choice. I don’t skip it just because it’s a Holiday.
I wear snug, bordering on uncomfortably tight clothing to the meal. NOT gonna feel like over-eating if my pants are already cutting me in half.
I take along foods I know I want to eat, and that fit with my food lifestyle.
Good conversations, games, distractions. It should never be all about food.
I keep a flavored/favorite water on hand and TANK ON IT.
Eat a normal breakfast.
Load my plate with veggies and salad and fill up on that FIRST.
This is NOT the only meal of the day. NOT the only meal of the year. It’s not like I couldn’t make/get ANY of this stuff, ANY time. Don’t let perceived scarcity/specialness lure me into eating more than I intended.
Fruit for dessert.
When I am done eating, but I am tempted to graze? I chew sugar free cinnamon gum. Kills the taste buds. (I chew a LOT of cinnamon gum.)
I told you; nothing earth-shattering in my plan. Probably all things you have heard before.
HAVING a plan and sticking to it is really the point. (And having a pack of SF cinnamon gum. Don’t forget the gum.)