The upcoming holiday season can be incredibly challenging for those working to maintain a diet. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the big ones, but there are a number of other days that will be sure to put your resolve to the test.
Holiday parties at work, get-togethers with friends, and even New Years parties will pop up over the next few months. These are all fun occasions that you should be able to enjoy, but too often the end result is failing to maintain your diet.
It can happen so easily. The holidays are full of tasty foods, desserts, and beverages, and you’re always expected to indulge. Colder weather and earlier sunsets also play a part, making it more difficult to get outside and be active.
Too often, the end result is a New Year’s resolution to lose the weight you gained over the holidays.
Is staying healthy during the holidays even possible? Yes, it is! Let’s take a look at six great ways to maintain your holiday diet:
Staying healthy during the holidays is easier than you might think. You just need to have a strategy that you can stick to.
Hosting can be stressful. You’ll have to plan out the holiday, clean the house, and prepare the lion’s share of food. However, hosting also puts you in control of the holiday, making it much easier to maintain your diet.
If hosting Thanksgiving or a gathering with friends is an option, you should make it happen. When you’re in control, you can decide what to make and how to prepare it. You can also influence what others might bring to the gathering, resulting in a meal with a variety of healthy options.
However, remember not to be too strict when it comes to food preparation. Your family or friends might not have the same health goals as you, so they shouldn’t be forced to stick to your diet. The best scenario is to prepare a number of healthy options to mirror the unhealthy desserts and dishes that others will bring to the get-together.
When hosting, it’s also important to be wary of leftovers. If you’re not careful, you’ll find your fridge overflowing with tempting foods that could throw you off your diet. Make sure to offer leftovers to everyone. One of the best ways to maintain a diet is to keep unhealthy foods out of your home.
The holiday season is long, but much of it is predictable. You already know when the major holidays will take place, and you’ll probably receive advanced notice for any other gatherings.
This gives you the advantage of planning your diet and exercise around these days. If you have a holiday party coming up, you can increase the intensity of your workouts leading up to it. You can also plan to eat healthier in the days leading up to a party so it won’t be as much of an issue if you indulge in some snacks or desserts.
In this same vein, don’t plan on skipping meals to save on calories. Instead, eat a protein-packed snack about an hour before a holiday meal to better maintain or avoid cravings.
If you plan accordingly, you can handle the holiday season without any issues.
Holidays are magnets for unhealthy appetizers and desserts of all kinds. But you have to remember that someone is making all of those unhealthy options. Why not combat the problem by offering to make a dish yourself?
Making something yourself guarantees there will be at least one healthy option on the table at the party. With luck, there will be a few other suitable options for you to choose from. Use healthier dishes to start your meal off smart. If you fill up on these dishes, there’s less room in your tummy for cookies and other desserts that you might want to avoid.
It’s so easy to over-indulge during holidays because food is always there to snack on. Even if you ate an hour ago, there are plenty of finger foods that you can absentmindedly graze on during a conversation.
The best way to avoid this is to step away from the food and into another room. Perhaps you can plan an activity that will take up plenty of time, like a game or taking a walk. Otherwise, invite a few people to sit with you away from the food so you won’t be tempted to eat while you chat.
It’s easy to continue eating when you can see and smell the food, which is why removing yourself from the room is always a great option. If there’s nowhere else to go, you can always volunteer to do dishes or help put away the food. If there aren’t plates or forks, or if the food is in the fridge, it’s much easier to stick to your diet.
As important as it is to maintain your diet, it’s also important to enjoy the holidays and the time spent with your loved ones. Nobody is perfect. Cookies, pies, cakes, gravy, and many other foods you’ll see in the coming months taste great. Yes, it might be unhealthy to eat too much. But there’s nothing wrong with having some.
And if you do accidentally eat too much? That’s ok. So you slipped up - it happens. Don’t dwell on your slip up or allow yourself to feel too guilty about it. Guilt can be toxic, causing more damage the longer you are consumed by it.
Instead of focusing on the slip-up, take a few deep breaths and continue with the diet and exercise that have been working for you.
What better way to handle the holiday season than with a plant-based nutrition program designed to fight cravings and keep you on track?
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This program consists of three easy stages:
The holiday season is a marathon full of potential traps that could throw you off your game. Instead of risking your health and starting the new year back at square one, use a maintenance program to give yourself a daily boost.
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