Like it or not, the holidays are here and you probably plan to be sociable. You can do the tribal feasts like Thanksgiving and attend the company Christmas party and still lose weight. Between now and January 3, many Americans will gain 5 – 7 pounds. But this year, you are doing it differently with hypnosis for weight loss. Plan to be sociable is this weeks reading from my book, Becoming Slender For Life.
Plan To Be Sociable
Think about all the social situations you might find yourself in where making good food choices may be challenging. The key to success is to plan ahead, instead of just showing up at a party hungry and hoping there is something you can eat. For example:
- Challenge: Volunteering at your son’s school Halloween party and being around all those cupcakes and bowls of candy.
- Solution: Eat a healthy meal or snacks before you go, so you won’t be hungry. In addition, bring healthier treats for everyone—or even better, discuss the treats ahead of time with the other mothers and skip the cupcakes and candy all together.
- Challenge: Weekly Sunday dinner at your in-laws, which is always overly rich. Your mother-in-law makes you feel you’re being rude if you don’t eat second helpings and her famous desserts.
- Solution: Have a private conversation with her in which you explain that you have decided to eat more healthily—and feed your family only healthy foods—so you don’t end up with serious diseases. Offer to cook the dinner with her and gradually teach her other ways to prepare food. Give her healthy cookbooks so she can start to see what you’ve been learning. If all else fails, tell her that you’ll still come by for a weekly visit, but you will eat elsewhere.
- Challenge: Business lunches at high-end restaurants notorious for their rich foods.
- Solution: Call ahead to the restaurant and ask what alternatives they can provide. You may even be able to pre-order a special vegetarian meal that will be the envy of your dining companions. Or, take the edge off your hunger by having some carrot sticks before you go. Then order the simplest thing on the menu, but don’t eat all of it. Better still, try suggesting restaurants that you know serve healthier food. These days, most thoughtful people recognize when someone is taking good care of himself and admire that as a sign of self-esteem.
- Challenge: Birthday parties with the cheap store-bought cake.
- Solution: Don’t say “No thank you.” All eyes will be on you with comments like: “Aren’t you being the good girl,” and “Are you on a diet?” Simply accept the cake, mash it with your fork, lay you napkin on top and set it down or throw it away. Chances are no one will ever notice.
Giving good care to yourself is never something to be embarrassed about. It’s a sign of a mature, intelligent adult.
Have fun not fat
Make a list on the left side of the page of all the social situations you might find yourself in where making good food choices may be challenging. Then opposite each situation, write as many healthy solutions as you can imagine.
As human beings we commune over food, we break bread together. That can be a wonderful thing! The problem is, too often we forget about the communion and focus on the food. This year, make your holidays about the people you are with – not how much food you can gorge down. Hypnosis for weight loss can help you do that.
At Slender For Life™ I have thousands of free recipes that are delicious, healthy, festive and fun – perfect for the holidays.
Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:
When I’m at a holiday gathering, I focus on connecting with people.
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