On average an American consumes approximately 4,500 calories and 229 grams fat from eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And that doesn’t include breakfast, lunch, or late-night snacking on leftovers.
In this article I'll explain how to best prevent the holiday gain.
2) It's not all or nothing the all-or-nothing phenomenon is what gets so many of us into real trouble. If you can't get to the gym because you are cooking or shopping you don't need to scrap the healthy eating habits and "Start over" On January 1st. If you overate today when someone sent a food basket to the office, you don't have to eat poorly at dinnertime and "start over with a new week"
3) Set a reasonable goal Your holiday goal can be to maintain. If your goal is to lose 2lbs a week you might set your goal to 1/2 pound a week for the holidays. A goal to lose 2lbs per week is fine if you're feeling motivated and confident and don't mind saying "no" a bit more often. Whatever your goal is write it down and stick to it. For more on goal setting, see my blog post on Believing you can.
4) Do not "start over" on New years You can start over right now. Starting on new years leads to the "last supper" phenomenon where people overeat "one last time" before starting a new and very strict diet. Start now, make healthy choices, care about your body today.
5) Take care of yourself, Parties are supposed to be fun, focus on the people not the food. Don't talk politics with your crazy uncle when you could be playing with toys with a small child. Stress causes people to overeat and gain weight. Stress can also dramatically affect Digestion. For more help on this see my other posts on Stress proofing your body.
6) Enjoy some healthy choices Examples include shrimp cocktail, Fruit platters (perhaps minus the dips) Turkey (maybe with less gravy) and Seasonal vegetables. In today's information age, all it takes is a quick google search and you can come up with some very yummy recipes to use squashes and pumpkins. A tiny amount of brown sugar isn't going to kill you IF you skip the dinner rolls, and **gasp** skip the soda and the eggnog or at least put the eggnog in a much smaller glass and sip it slowly. I remember in the past a tall glass of eggnog as my beverage at the holidays. It should be a small serving as a desert, sipped and enjoyed slowly, if at all.
If you are hosting you can control the availability of heathy choices, if you are not then offer to bring a vegetable platter, assortment of fruit, or a vegetable side dish. As for leftover deserts, if you can't send them home with guests, it is far better to waste it than to waist it!
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