The holiday "season" is upon us … social events, parties, etc … all making it a challenge to stay on track. It’s possible, for sure, but more challenging.
But a challenge is good — it takes you out of your comfort zone.
Right now we’re in the middle of our Rock Your Jeans contest, where women in Louisville’s #1 boot camp were challenged to drop 2 jeans sizes in 8 weeks.
If ever there was a time where you needed focus, it’s now. The holidays and all of their associated goodies and party fare can make even the most disciplined eater a bit overwhelmed. So consider these 7 strategies if all of the sweeties and goodies tend to get the best of you.
Tip #1. Instead of baking cookies for others, consider other baked goods that you can give as WHOLE THINGS. For example, banana bread, pies, cakes. Most of these are less time-consuming to make than individual cookies, and you won’t be tempted. I mean who’s going to give a pie to someone with a piece cut out?
Tip#2. Consider GIVING away things other than baked goods. Fruit baskets are great choices and many people actually welcome them this time of year, when they’ve been inundated with other junk food. Make your own for a fraction of the price of store bought.
Tip#3. I know I’m going to get grief about that tip above. Too many of you have family and friends who EXPECT cookies and goodies at home and at the office. My best advice? Make healthier cookies. They will NEVER know. I swear. Go to Eating Well Magazine and find some cookies to try this year. Now remember, they aren’t calorie free. But at least they will have better ingredients.
Tip#4. When you are baking at home, those little BLT’s add up. Remember, BLT stands for Bite, Lick or Taste. Don’t start cooking until after you’ve had a protein rich breakfast. My pick – veggie omelet with a side of turkey bacon, piece of fruit and 1/2 a sprouted grain english muffin. Your body will be busy digesting that breakfast for hours and you’ll be less tempted to snack. If baking is an all day event, plan a decent lunch and take a break to eat. My pick would be a grilled veggie and hummus wrap with spinach and sliced avocado.
Tip#5. If you will be baking at home or you just have lots of goodies in the kitchen, brush and floss your teeth after every meal. A clean fresh mouth will make those treats less tempting. Consider chewing peppermint gum as well and if possible, avoid the kitchen. Out of sight, out of mind.
Tip#6. Are you inundated with food related gifts from family and friends? I almost hate to say it, but re-gift. You can appreciate the thoughtfulness without having to "appreciate" it. Pass on the thoughtfulness to someone else.
Tip#7. What’s your reason for NOT overindulging this season? If you don’t have one, you need to come up with something that will make this a season that is defined by something other than the goodies you can indulge in. With no real reason for sticking to clean eating, you’ll be much more likely to convince yourself a little bite here, and a little cookie there won’t hurt.
The easiest place to control excess calories this holiday season is your own home. Watch what food you bring in, encourage company to take leftovers and goodies with them or give away what you can.
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