Avoiding the holiday eating pitfalls

Oh yes it is almost that time again. Thanksgiving is about 6 weeks away and I know how hard it is to stay on track. So I've come up with some tricks and tips that have worked for me in the past. I do believe in enjoying this time but it is also important to not throw all of your hard work out of the window.

1) Start your menu prepping now- For those of you who will be doing the majority of the cooking, now is the time to start planning your menu. I know there are some traditional items you will probably cook but for those side dishes, try looking into adding more light veggie recipes.

2) Make smart substitutions- This kind of goes in line with #1 but you have to be wise about your choices. For instance if you can use lower fat milk and cheese, a better type of spread like Smart Balance, play with herbs and spices for more taste, and use natural sea salt which you can use less of reducing your sodium. I have managed to change my macaroni and cheese into a flavorful but more healthy version by making some changes.

3) Step up your working out- I know I am going to eat and enjoy my food. So the days leading up to Christmas and Thanksgiving, I make sure I go the extra mile in my workouts. I usually switch to 2 a days doing a workout in the morning and one in the evening. While cooking I usually have some music on and as I am cooking, I am dancing and getting an aerobic workout.

4) Cut back on calories- The day I plan on having my big meal, I kind of prep myself to eat and not go overboard. I usually have a light breakfast, a salad for lunch, drink plenty of water so my overall calorie intake is low. Some people do a light juice fast the day before as well.

5) Fiber, fiber, fiber- We will be eating a lot of fat and stuff we don't eat on the regular putting our bodies in overdrive trying to process it all. Eating fruit and veggies help but I also take a fiber supplement during this time to help things along. There are a variety of drinks or capsules you can find at a health food store to help you along.

6) Relax and enjoy yourself- Don't spend the entire time stressing about your goals. This is the time for all of us to sit back and kick it with family and friends. Even if you don't do as well as you would like, you can always get back on track. Laugh, smile, relax and enjoy yourself. You will feel renewed, refreshed and ready to meet your goals when it is all over. Q

3 comments:

Mrs.Pretty08 October 8, 2008 at 11:12 AM  

I really needed this because I am finally losing weight, and I don't want to regain during the holidays. Thanks for the information.

Motorcycle Fairings October 16, 2008 at 3:44 PM  

very informative, thanks for sharing this one!

kesha November 6, 2008 at 3:36 AM  

Start your menu prepping now- For those of you who will be doing the majority of the cooking, now is the time to start planning your menu. I know there are some traditional items you will probably cook but for those side dishes, try looking into adding more light veggie recipes.

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