I want to share with you some simple strategies to enjoy the holidays without gaining weight.
Let’s face it, no one wants to start a new program or a diet during Christmas. It’s not realistic. There are too many get-togethers and too many temptations.
What I want to share with you are tips to help you to get through the holidays and at least not gain weight that you’ll just want to lose again in January.
Let me start by saying that making it through the holidays is not about perfection. It’s about remembering your goals and being prepared.
It is possible to enjoy healthy treats without feeling bad about it, and one of the key ways of doing this is to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. This is so important to avoid overindulging in all the wrong treats… and then feeling bad about it afterwards.
Cravings are a huge effect of a blood-sugar imbalance. Cravings can easily sabotage our health and weight loss goals. Most of us crave sweet or salty carb-rich food when we are feeling stressed or tired.
The following tips I’m going to give you are to keep your blood sugar balanced, so you can keep your energy levels up and reduce the cravings that will have you constantly reaching for all the wrong foods.
Tip #1 Eat at least 3 meals per day, even on the days that you’re going to a party or a potluck. Don’t save up all of your meals for the party because you’re pretty much guaranteeing that you’re going to overindulge. Eat well-balanced meals throughout the day of the party, making sure to include healthy fats and proteins, so you won’t be starving when you get to the party and craving all the wrong foods. Allow yourself one or two treats and then remember your goals and how you want to feel the next day.
Tip #2 Drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you don’t have a water bottle, I highly suggest getting one and take it with you wherever you go. We all need about 8 glasses of water each day and not having enough will cause tiredness and make us think we’re hungry when we’re actually just thirsty.
Tip #3 Eat a form of protein with every meal. Whether it's eggs or meat or a vegetarian source of protein (like quinoa) make protein your first pick when you sit down to eat. This will help keep your blood sugar from crashing and will reduce cravings and because protein is thermogenic, it will help you burn more calories.
Tip#4 Be on the lookout for healthy treats that contain healthy fats, protein and are free from refined sugar and flour. If it’s a potluck you’re going to, be the one to make healthy treats and bring them with you. Trust me, no one will know the difference, except that they’ll feel so much better the next day.
These are just a few of my favourite tips for being able to enjoy the holidays without overindulging and feeling bad about it afterwards.
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Until next time,
May Anne Jordens-LaFlamme is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the owner of "Wellness with May Anne." She is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, so they can live a more fulfilling life - without dieting, deprivation, relying on willpower or cooking separate meals for the family.