We are only one week into December and I have already eaten way too much. We have been invited to so many wonderful parties and open houses and practicing self-control is hard. I know most people have this struggle every year. Did you know the average American gains between 7 and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Crazy right? My Dad, who barely gained an ounce, ever, would drink eggnog every night from Thanksgiving to Christmas. He would gain 10 pounds. December 26th he stopped and within a week he lost his 10 pounds. This really ticked off the girls in the house. It was just not fair.
My guess it that most people are not like my Dad and do not lose their holiday weight that fast. Here are a few tips to help you stay in control at all of your Christmas gatherings.
- Do not go hungry. I will have a bowl of miso soup before I go. It helps take away hunger but does not fill me up so much that I can’t have a few treats. This is the miso that I love Miso-Cup Japanese Restaurant Style, 2.9-Ounce Pouch(Pack of 6) It is one of the few that I can find that is both gluten-free and vegan.
- Drink Water. Before you drink a high calorie beverage drink a glass of water. Then between each drink have another glass of water. You can save so many calories by not having as many alcoholic or high sugar beverages. You can also opt for coffee. It gives you something to hold and it can take longer to drink.
- Stay away from the food table. So often the conversations linger around the food table. While having conversation you can pick up hundreds of calories while not even realizing it. Get what you want and then walk into another room and have your conversations there.
- Fruit First. Before you have yourself a cookie, cheese or other treat, fill your plate with fruits and veggies. Watch out for high calorie dips. Eat those and then if you are truly hungry go back for that special treat.
- Don’t deny yourself. I find that when I do not allow myself to have anything I end up eating more and feeling awful later. I feel much better when I know I stayed in control and still had a good time.
I hope you find these tips helpful. If you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them. Post them in the comment section below.
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