It’s that most wonderful time of the year where the fridge can’t possibly hold any more leftovers and the bakers of the family is still making more pie. You enjoy your days traveling from one party and dinner to the next, just gobbling everything in sight.
Okay, okay. Exaggeration. At least for lil’ ole antisocial me. This doesn’t negate the fact that this time of year is fondly recalled as the time where we all get to eat our frickin’ hearts out. Mashed potatoes and turkey and pie, oh my!
With all this extra food comes some extra padding, specifically around that waistline. We spend all year working on that beach body just to throw it away from the months of November to January. I did not lose all that extra fat just to gain it again! Am I right, ladies?
So this year I have formulated the perfect plan to enjoy the holiday feasts and treats and stay fit and healthy.
A Little of This, A Little of That
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. Weight maintenance is all about portion control. So, with that in mind, my first tip for you is to enjoy yourself- in moderation.
Instead of piling on those delicious, buttery mashed potatoes, opt for a smaller serving. You may want more- and that’s fine. Help yourself! But, by serving yourself small portions each time, you are conscious of how much you are eating. You are also more likely to notice when you are full.
I also make it a rule that if I have not eaten everything on my plate [that I like] then I can’t have seconds of anything because, undoubtedly, I am going to get seconds of the fattening stuff. Like those damned potatoes. Oh my god, I’m hungry.
Did Someone Say Green Beans?
Probably not. We’re all too focused on the casserole Aunt Hilda just brought in. My mouth is salivating… but, before I dig into that wonder, oo-ey goo-ey deliciousness, I’m going to add a decent portion of vegetables to my plate.
No. Not the mashed potatoes. I’m talking about the corn, broccoli, green beans, and everything else that probably doesn’t taste as delicious as that stuffing. BUT only the vegetables I like. I’m not putting squash on my plate because I won’t eat it.
By giving myself more significant portions of the vegetables, I am less hungry for those delicious mashed potatoes. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still going to eat them… just not as much I would usually because I’m already kinda full.
One or the Other, Not Both
This time of year brings pies and other tasty treats in full force. Do yourself a favor. Don’t eat it all. Choose the pie OR the cake, not both.
If you want both, opt for a half serving or tasting of each. This way you are satisfying your annual craving for Grandma June’s famous apple pie and Uncle Jesse’s rich peanut butter moose but you don’t get the accompanying calories that come with a full serving of each.
If you still want more dessert after your initial serving, set aside a portion so your brother doesn’t steal it and wait for thirty minutes. If you want more, go for another serving. If you forget about it then you have a portion for later.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Look, this is the season of food. And giving, but mainly food. So if you overeat, don’t beat yourself up. Self-control is hard, especially if you are around Grandma June who keeps pushing you to have another piece of pie because you look too thin.
Just be sure when you fall off the wagon of portion control you hop back on as soon as possible. Don’t let one day turn into a week, then a month, then a year. Cause then you gain 80 pounds and hate looking at yourself in the mirror. Ask me how I know.
Also, just because you overate doesn’t mean you need to punish yourself by spending an extra hour in the gym. This promotes an unhealthy attitude towards food and can actually cause you to develop an eating disorder.
The best thing you can do is exercise your normal amount and stay true to your routine. This will help you fall back into your healthy routine if you do slip up and overeat.
Overeating v. Enjoying Yourself
I want to make a special note to you. Overeating and enjoying yourself are two very different things. Overeating is indulging past the point of ‘full’. Enjoying yourself is allowing yourself those holiday treats.
This can be a very stressful time of year for many reasons, don’t let food become one of them.
What Do You Do to Stay Fit this Season?
Seriously! I gave you my tips, now you give me yours. That’s how this works, right?
Thanks for spending this time with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
See Ya’ Soon!