We are in week two of December and the holiday parties are truly kicking into high gear. Everyone's cup seems to be over flowing with commitments and holiday cheer. Last week's blog talked about the weight gained during the six weeks of holiday bliss, which really only averages between .8 and 1.4 pounds. As noted it is the accumulation of this weight over the years that really adds inches to our waist line.
Do not despair hear are a few more tips to help guide you through the season:
1) Eat. Don’t think because you are going to a party you are going to just wait until you get there because you know there will be a ton of food, saving your calories. No! When you are hunger and I mean really hungry, you will eat everything in sight which at most parties does not have a ton of healthy options. It’s like going to the grocery store famished; bad things happen.
2) When asked to bring a dish, bring something that you know is a better option. Even if you go for the crackers and spinach dip or anything wrapped in bacon; you can go back to the veggie tray. There are many cookbooks now that show you how to make some great flavorful dishes with a lot less fat and calories, most folks won’t even know it is good for them.
3) Write it down, even on party days, it makes you aware and accountable. My Fitness Pal is one of the free food tracker programs that help you get a picture of your calories. Even though you may over indulge, being aware is key and may make you enjoy the first round of appetizers but gives you the self-awareness to not go in for round two.
4) Alcohol, this is actually where a lot of folks lose the battle. I will never tell you not to have the wine or beer but try to slow yourself down with water in between. Again, enjoy this time of the year but remember it is not about the food or gifts but the people you share them with that makes this time of year so special.
If you have any questions or need a little extra help, please feel free to contact me or check out my website at www.wc-h.com where transformation realization is possible. Have a happy and healthy week. See ya next Tuesday with some more tips on how to handle the holidays.