With Halloween officially over it is time to kick off the holiday season. It’s that time of year again when you walk into any Walmart on November 1st and it looks like the north pole. I even saw The Grinch themed green pancakes at IHOP the other day. Yep, ‘tis the season once again.
As a coach and nutrition lover I find that this time of year, hands down, to be the most challenging time for my clients to navigate. Even I am tempted by the delicious and frequent food events. Everywhere you look there’s homemade pie and Christmas tree shaped cookies. How could you possible avoid gaining weight when there are countless office parties, family parties, and even the loved ones that you live with cooking sweets for two straight months?! Well no need to fret! Stay jolly because I’m narrowed it down to just two of my favorite tips for navigating these mountains of delicious treats.
Setting and maintaining boundaries is important in every aspect of life. Without our boundaries we would often over indulge and not accomplish many goals. When it comes to the holidays, it’s no different. You wouldn’t be able to stay on your nutrition goals without solid boundaries. As easy as it would be to say “just don’t eat any sweets” that’s flat-out unrealistic. So let’s find the middle ground.
The first boundary I like to set with clients is, “don’t eat sweets at work”. Many people have some sort of office job and during this time of year it’s practically a guarantee that there will be cookies in the break room that is “grandma’s recipe.” This is huge! Avoid graze eating these treats throughout the day. Over the course of the week those treats willadd up, especially adding to your waistline!
Make your goal to only eat holiday sweets during specific holiday moments. Sound simple? That’s because it is! One of these moments I like to encourage is something like the the office holiday party. You don’t want to be the one person that does not partake in Barbara’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. So if you save those daily treats for a few at the one big party or special family occasion you will be able to enjoy the moment even more, and still wear the same size pants.
The last piece of setting boundaries is to set a limit. The office Christmas party or 3 family celebrations are not your excuse to binge eat just because you were good all week. Tell yourself ahead of time, “I’m only going to have 2-3 treats.”. Pick the 2-3 treats you love the most and have one of each. No need to waste calories on treats you don’t really like anyway right? Make it a victory for you! Feel good about eating the food in a way that you will still feel good about yourself tomorrow.
I’m sure you’ve heard the adage, “If you fail to plan, plan to fail”. This is not only true with life but true with nutrition as well. Family events aren’t a surprise occasion. They are planned ahead of time, normally weeks in advance. When the time comes, be prepared!
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