In between the holidays its crucial to try to eat normally and healthily. Your meals and snacks should be an important part of your day. You may have to prioritize eating over other activities, since skipping meals can lead to over eating. For example if your shopping at the mall and starving, Cinnabon may be hard to refuse. Trying to eat less by skipping breakfast or lunch often backfires if you arrive somewhere starving. You’ll be much more likely to overindulge or eat that junk food like Cinnabon at a mall.
Another trick to not overeating in general, is to not hang out near food that’s being cooked, or where cooked food is. Without a strict eating regimen many people will have a tendency to pick at or graze on whatever food is laying around. A tip for making a stricter regimen and prevent picking on food, is to log your food consumption. This may sound extreme, but for some people throughout the year, this is the best way for them to hold themselves accountable. That being said, during the holidays is an especially high risk time of year. Logging will help increase mindfulness of eating decisions and help you keep tabs on your portions.
Additional strategies for weight management at holiday meals:
•Survey the entire table before you take any food (Why waste calories on foods that don’t bring you pleasure?)
•If you know that you have 3 or 4 events in one week, pick one of those events that you will splurge and then be conscious at the other events.
•Allow yourself a small portion (two tablespoons) of a decadent side, so you do not feel completely restricted and deprived.
•You do not have the opportunity to eat pecan pie, latkes, and marshmallow covered sweet potatoes year round.
•Overeating one day won’t make or break your eating plan. It takes days of overeating to gain weight. If you over-indulge at a holiday meal, put it behind you. Return to your usual eating plan the next day without guilt or despair. Tell yourself its okay if you want a slice of pie! Never get down on yourself afterwards, or before you eat it, it will not work.
•Remember to keep up your normal exercise, and you will get through this. Your diet will not be ruined by 1 piece of pie.
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