The holidays are all about family, friends and—let’s be honest—food. Though this time of year can be challenging, know that it is possible to stay on track and achieve your weight-loss goals.
- Research low-calorie alternatives to the festive foods you look forward to. Pumpkin, for example, is actually a high-fiber, nutritious food you can enjoy guilt free if you pick the right recipes. Turkey, too, is a lean, healthy protein if you prepare it right and practice your portion control.
- Plan for small indulgences. If you let yourself feel too deprived, you may be tempted to get off track and have a harder time getting back on it. Budgeting for a glass of eggnog, a slice of pie, or a glass of champagne to toast the new year may help you feel empowered and in control of your weight-loss plan, rather than restricted.
- When possible, suggest potlucks for holiday gatherings. This will allow you to bring a “safe” dish that fits your meal plan, and may also take some stress off the host or hostess.
- Reconsider food gifts. Unless baking is your particular passion, you shouldn’t feel obligated to make cookies or cakes as gifts for neighbors and coworkers. There are other DIY gifts you could try that won’t tempt you to lick bowls and sample batches.
- Don’t be afraid to say no. It’s much easier to decline an invitation to an indulgence-focused event, like a cookie exchange, chocolate festival or pub crawl, than try to resist temptation as you tag along. You can always suggest a non-food alternative gathering for another time.
- Maintain your exercise routine. Free time is always in short supply around the holidays, but it’s essential to carve out time each day for self care. Exercise will not only help you battle any dieting missteps, but also reduce stress and keep you energized for the challenges of the season.
Best of luck in your fitness goals and happy holidays, from all of us at Cordova Medical Clinic! Call us today at 901-888-1000 to see how we may be able to help you achieve your weight loss goals.