Navigating Holiday Temptations without Sabotaging Your Health GoalsAuthor: Coach Nick Book
The holiday season is finally here, which means an abundance of rich, decadent dishes and sweets on your table. Although the holiday season is a time of joy and merry-making, it can be a challenging time for those who are trying to lose weight, maintain their weight loss, or adopt healthy eating habits. With so many tasty treats and family gatherings, avoiding temptation can be particularly challenging. Fortunately, there are some strategies that you can use to make it through the holidays without sabotaging your health goals. So, in this post, we’ll delve deeper into how to avoid temptation over the holiday season.
Plan and prioritize your indulgences
The key to avoiding temptation is to plan and prioritize your indulgences. Before heading to a party or family gathering, decide which treats are truly worth splurging on. You can sample a little bit of everything, but watch your portion sizes. Also, aim to eat foods that are high in fiber and protein, such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, to help you feel fuller for longer periods.
Don't arrive at events hungry
Arriving at events hungry is one of the biggest mistakes people make during the holidays. It’s a surefire way to lose self-control. Eating a healthy meal before heading to a party can help you avoid snacking on high-calorie, unhealthy foods. You can have a protein shake, a salad, or some grilled chicken as a meal replacement before your event.
Choose your drinks carefully
Drinks can be a significant source of calories, so it’s essential to be mindful of what you drink during the holidays. Sugar-sweetened beverages like eggnog, hot cider, and soda can rack up calories quickly. Instead, opt for drinks like sparkling water, herbal tea, or mocktails to keep you hydrated and curb your hunger.
Stay physically active
Staying active can help you manage your weight and reduce stress, which is a prevalent problem during the holidays. Exercise helps to burn calories and makes you feel good, both physically and mentally. Therefore, maintain your regular workout routine as much as possible during the holiday season. You can also look for opportunities to be physically active, such as walking around the neighborhood after dinner.
Avoid obsessive thinking
Sometimes, focusing too much on what you can’t eat can backfire. Avoid obsessive thinking that involves counting every calorie or feeling guilty for indulging in a treat. Instead, develop a positive mindset and focus on what you can eat. Try to enjoy your favorite holiday dishes without the guilt - just be mindful of your portion sizes.