In this brief moment of calm before the storm, let me be the first one to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. The rest of your day is bound to be a whirlwind filled with family, football and the main event, food.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve shared some tips with you about how to make this food-centered holiday just a bit healthier. And I hope you’ve been able to mix some of those new traditions in with your old ones.
But now that the big day is here I want you do me a favor. Relax and enjoy it.
Go ahead and have that second serving if you want it. And help yourself to a slice of pie at the end of the meal. Even if that means loosening up your belt buckle.
As long as you confine the feasting to today, you’ll be fine.
Just don’t let your Thanksgiving celebration open the floodgates to six more weeks of holiday overeating. Because then you could end up paying a hefty price.
Avoid holiday weight gain with simple tricks
I know. With the endless parade of Christmas cookies, festive cocktails and rich home cooking, that’s far easier to say than it is to do. Which is why it’s common to gain between one and ten pounds over the holidays.
Don’t panic, I’m here to help. You can avoid holiday weight gain and still enjoy the season.
You don’t want to wake up on January 2nd looking like the stuffed turkey that will be gracing your table later today. So instead, use these four simple tricks to dodge the “Holiday 10” this year.
1. Make it Three:
If you try to spend the rest of the holiday season denying yourself every delicious treat you cross paths with, two things will likely happen.
- First, you’ll be MISERABLE.
- Second, you’ll break down, stuff your face and be MISERABLE.
But the “Make it Three,” trick can help you avoid both. Go ahead and indulge in every sugary sweet or starchy carb you’re craving. But instead of piling it on your plate take a tiny, three-bite serving.
This way you get to sample everything, but without the guilt. You’ll shut down the cravings. Plus you get to savor the flavor, so you don’t end up feeling deprived.
2. Buffet Buffer:
The holidays are filled with parties. That usually means facing a few buffets, which can be the kiss of death for your waistline.
But you can avoid weight gain even in the face of the most lavish spreads, using the “Buffet Buffer” trick. So grab a plate, and let’s get started.
The key to beating the buffet is to go ahead and take some of whatever you want. And yes, I really do mean whatever. Nothing is off limits. But here’s the trick, nothing on your plate can touch, either. You must always leave a buffer zone of space between your foods.
This way you get to sample all your favorites, but you don’t overeat.
3. The Perfect Host:
Are you throwing a party of your own this holiday season? Or maybe you’re hosting a big holiday meal? (Perhaps even tonight.)
When you’re running around serving folks, making sure to keep drinks filled and snacks circulating, it’s easy to avoid over-indulging. But the leftovers lurking in your fridge and pantry the next day can be hard to resist. And if you’re not careful, they’re sure to cause weight gain.
But the solution couldn’t be simpler. Run out before the party and pick up a bunch of extra food storage containers. When the merry making starts to wind down load them up with the leftovers and send every guest home with a care package.
You’ll end up looking like the perfect host. And you won’t have to face the temptation of all that party food the next day.
4. Make It Count:
Starting today and running clear through to the first week of January there are bound to be sweets and holiday treats around every corner.
If you work in an office, hardly a day will go by without a new gift basket, brimming with cookies or cake, arriving. And you can’t even go Christmas shopping without someone tempting you with sweet samples in the aisles or candy at the cash register.
But the “Make It Count” rule can help you avoid packing on the pounds. Instead of grabbing everything in sight, simply commit to only eating those sweet treats you TRULY love.
Need an example? Store bought cookies can’t hold a candle to, let’s say, your best friend’s homemade sugar cookies. So pass on the mass produced version, and make it count by indulging in the real deal when you meet her for shopping.
Go ahead and enjoy your holiday today, no strings attached. But tomorrow say no way to the “Holiday 10” using these four easy, but effective, tricks for avoiding holiday weight gain.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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