Holidays make it hard, that’s what! Thanksgiving is upon us, and then Christmas, Christmas parties out the wazoo and of course New Years. With all of these holidays once right after the other, it makes it hard to stay on track. With pies, cookies, Butterball turkeys, and treats everywhere, how you do resist?? I found holidays the hardest when beginning to eat clean/healthy. How do I resist the food I never once gave any thought to resisting. I used to eat as I pleased, but when I looked in the mirror I was anything but pleased. You can enjoy the holidays without busting the calorie bank. Here are a couple of ways I stay on track.
1. This is something I still do to this day…. I eat ahead of time. If I know there is a chance there won’t be any healthy choices, or very few, eat ahead of time. If you happen to go to a restaurant hungry, what happens? The bread on the table looks like a good way to help your growling stomach while you wait for you food, and adds a lot more calories to your supper. I will either make a smoothie or eat a small meal (apple and almonds/chicken salad/bean & rice). This will make sure you don’t show up starving, and making it extremely tempting to binge out on all the goodies.
2. Bring a healthy side dish. This way I know there will be at least one thing I can eat that is good for me.
3. Say NO THANK YOU. I remember when I had first started eating clean, I was met with some resistance. When I would say no thank you, I would get teased, and people would say “you are not on a diet are you?” or “come on, live a little”. But after a while everyone started to respect my choices. The choices you make aren’t to make others happy, they are to make you happy, and when you have a healthy body you tend to be happier.
4. Splurge….but just a little. Choose one of your favorite things. Whether it be your Aunt’s famous apple pie or Mom’s delicious fudge, pick ONE. This will make you feel satisfied without all of the guilt.
5. Workout earlier in the day. I find when I workout first thing in the morning it sets the tone for the rest of my day. It is hard to eat crap after I have just worked my butt off.
6. Take a walk. If it is possible, take a walk after dinner. This may help take your mind off going back for seconds or eating dessert, even though you are ready to blow. You don’t even have to go outside, get up from the table and get out of the kitchen. Or maybe spark a conversation with a relative you haven’t seen in a while. Anything that gets your mind off food.
7. Stock up on the healthy choices, turkey, yams, brussel sprouts, asparagus, salad (watch the dressing though). Make sure you plate is at least half full of veggies!
I hope these tips can help make the holidays a little easier on your and your waistline.
Here are a few dishes you can make if you are in charge of dinner or have been asked to bring something!
My sister-in-law and I made this pie this past weekend and it was a hit! It was absolutely delicious and tasted like the real thing but was healthy!
Roasted Vegetables – You could substitute the olive oil for coconut oil for a nice but subtle flavor (trust me, using coconut oil won’t make everything taste like coconuts. It has a very nice flavor)