Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it won’t be long until Easter. Holidays can be a mine field for weight loss unless you are prepared.
Holidays like Valentine’s Day and Easter can be especially hard, as those holidays that seem to revoke around chocolate, puffed marshmallow chicks, and candy galore. Although holidays are challenging, if you have a plan in place, they do not have to ruin your weight loss effort. Here are four quick tips to help you get through the holidays feeling triumphant rather than defeated.
1. Decide In Advance
The first thing I do when a holiday is approaching is decide in advance whether I will partake in the “treat” aspect of the holiday. I know that seems simple, but so often mistakes are made from lack of preparation.
2. Rate Your Food
Rate the available foods on a scale of 1 to 10. If those candy eggs or cheap chocolate hearts are not all that good, pass them up. For me, if a dessert or other high calorie food is not a nine or a ten, I automatically pass it up. If it is a nine or ten, then I decide if it fits in with my meal plan for that particular day and whether I even want it. Passing up foods and treats that are a one or a two is easy and gives you a sense of accomplishment. If you do choose to have a dessert or some candy, limit your portion sizes.
3. Bring Food
If we are going to someone’s house for a holiday party such as exchanging Valentine cards with my children’s friends, I always bring food. This ensures that there are some healthy options and helps me avoid feeling stuck having to turn down foods that I will not eat.
4. Exercise Self Control
In the face of candy on every end cap in the grocery store and high calorie entrees at social events, I often rely on good old-fashioned self-control to avoid eating too much. I use small plates, commit to making the healthiest choices possible, and avoid going back for seconds unless it is salad or vegetables. Then, I make sure to spend lots of time talking with friends, keeping up with the kids, or playing games.
As you celebrate these upcoming holidays, I hope that you will enjoy the day and realize that healthy eating at holidays is just like any other day. It is about good choices and reasonable expectations.
Do you have any tips for handling the holidays that may help someone else? Diane