Last Tuesday, November 1, I wrote about Thanksgiving Dinner so I thought the article on Holiday Feasting Without the Guilt was a great way to keep you thinking about how you can set yourself up for weight loss success. At the holidays, it can be tempting to let your healthy eating plan fall by the wayside. But in reaction, are you planning to stick even more strictly to your diet, glumly passing up every traditional treat? Or will you abandon your usual healthy ways altogether and head into the new year with a nagging sense of guilt — and possibly some extra pounds, too? You can lose weight over the holidays and enjoy the special foods of the holidays with weight loss hypnosis at Slender For Life™.
Holiday Feasting Without the Guilt
WebMD, October 31, 2011: As is often the case, the best plan is the middle way: Savor your favorite seasonal sweets and savories in moderation, and make a few adjustments along the way to allow for the indulgences.
The holiday season’s heaviest meal is often Thanksgiving. But by merely making a change here and there while whipping up those traditional dishes, even this meal can pass muster, health-wise. Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t the easiest time to count calories, but some preparation methods are definitely lower in fat than others.
Many people don’t realize it, but the Thanksgiving table is actually filled with healthy foods. The problem is often how we prepare them. Foods like sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, and turkey can all be incredibly healthy — as long as you don’t load them up with butter, cream, or gravy.
If you’re in charge of cooking the meal, go easy on those kinds of fat-laden additions to otherwise healthy foods. What if you’re eating at someone else’s house and have no idea what went into those Thanksgiving favorites? Your best bet is to help yourself to a serving that’s half the size of what you’d normally take. Portion control is key, so make sure you don’t eat too much.
The holidays are notoriously busy. Planning is key, so that physical activity doesn’t take a back seat. Staying physically active reinforces your commitment to healthy living so you won’t feel as tempted to overindulge.
Also, find ways to celebrate the holidays that don’t revolve around food. Go on an expedition to gather greenery, branches, leaves, or pine cones to make a wreath or centerpiece. Start a new holiday ritual for the day after a feast: Visit a botanical garden, zoo, museum, or other cultural institution. There are lots of ways to enhance your holiday celebration without making it all about the food.
For another way to offset the abundant offerings at Thanksgiving or other holiday feasts without being deprivation-oriented, avoid the more humdrum, everyday hors d’oeuvres and appetizers.
Focus on the foods you can only get at Thanksgiving, rather than things you can get all year round. There’s no sense blowing your entire calorie budget on food like cheese and crackers or chips and dip that you can have any time. This way, you can still enjoy your favorite holiday-themed foods while keeping calories under control.
It’s fine to celebrate; just listen to your body and you’ll know when to say when. Check in with yourself during the meal and ask yourself, “Am I full?” Take the time to monitor how full and satisfied you feel and heed what your body is saying. And slow down, or you may keep eating before your body has a chance to tell you it’s full.
My book Becoming Slender For Life and its hypnosis CD set can support you through the tribal holiday feasting without the guilt of gaining weight. You can enjoy the special holiday foods and continue with your weight loss goal with weight loss hypnosis. Listen to your body and know when to say when.
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