Holiday Eating Survival: Part Two

holiday-foodIn Part One of my Holiday Eating Survival Guide, I asked what the holidays mean to you when it comes to your eating plan. How do you think about celebrating with family and friends? If you don’t have an eating plan, holiday eating can easily become “your little gift to YOU,” complete with unwanted weight gain going into the New Year.

Your holiday eating plan can begin in your closet. Subconsciously, wearing fitted clothes provides a reminder to keep from overindulging, so wearing something fitted that buttons or zips before you head out the door to celebrate is a great place to start. But I’ve got a few more tricks that you might want to consider during this season of celebration!

Holiday Eating Survival: Part Two

I don’t recommend saving up your calories to “spend them later” on all the foods that will be surrounding you during the holidays. When you practically starve yourself before a party or family get-together, you’re more likely to:

• Overindulge
• Binge
• Mindlessly consume

Instead, have a healthy light snack or “mini-meal” beforehand. This way you’re able to control what you consume because your judgment stays intact. And since you won’t be overly hungry, you won’t be so tempted by the goodies all around you. Here are some great pre-event snack ideas:  Continue reading “Holiday Eating Survival: Part Two”

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Holiday Eating Survival: Part One

holiday-cookiesThe holidays are upon us! If you celebrate by traveling to be with those you love, using the time to vacation and overindulge, I’ve got the perfect “survival guide” to help you avoid packing on the holiday pounds.

While we all look forward to the many warm feelings, anticipating the variety of experiences a holiday can bring, one of the things no one looks forward to is giving ourselves the “gift” of a few extra pounds. If weight gain, frustration and larger clothes aren’t on your wish list, you’ll be happy to hear there’s a way to enjoy the holiday season – guilt free. It starts with a plan that I call the “Holiday Eating Survival Guide” and here’s how it works.

Your Holiday Eating Survival Guide

PART ONE: The first part of your “Holiday Eating Survival Guide” begins with asking yourself what do holidays, time away and vacations mean to you? If you’re a chronic dieter, time away from home often signifies time off from your healthy eating routine. Unfortunately, this mindset leads to making drastic changes to eating behaviors, so you find yourself either “on or off.” Chronic dieting creates an “all or nothing/good or bad” mentality, leaving holidays a prime opportunity for going overboard on choices, portions and behaviors.  Continue reading “Holiday Eating Survival: Part One”

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