You have been doing well by eating healthy and exercising. You feel good about yourself because you are in control and know what to eat and then……. THE PARTY! Now what do you do? The feelings of control have now been replaced with fear and a sense of powerlessness.
To make things worse, it’s not just one party, but it’s party after party. The holidays are not just two days, but 6 weeks of continual celebrations that, of course, bring lots of treats and goodies to eat. There is the office and family party for you and your spouse, the church function and festivities for each child. Then at the last minute, a group of girlfriends decide you need to go out after work for a gift exchange.
The realization came for me three days after Thanksgiving, as I was making cookies for my first Christmas party of the season and it was not even December. I knew then it was time to get my holiday eating strategy into action.
Knowing how to handle these situations can be crucial in maintaining your weight and avoiding the average weight gain of 5 lbs during the holiday season. There are so many tips and strategies to avoid the holiday weight gain, but I have found two that may be the most helpful. To stay in control and not let the stress of all the food get the best of you, I have two simple strategies.
1. Use a Small Plate
The number one rule, in my book, when attending a party with a buffet is to pick a small plate. A smaller plate means less food. Choose the dessert plate to use for your main course and only fill it once
2. Fill Your Plate Wisely
Second to fill that plate wisely, choose only the things that are important to you. There are certain desserts and dishes that are my favorites and only get during Christmas or special occasions. I am not going to waste my calories and take up room on that small plate with items that are available to me at any time.
Right now you are busy planning all of your holiday gifts and festivities; make a plan that will enable you to have control of your eating. Don’t worry. You can be just as successful maintaining your weight as you are with everything else in your life.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.