The idea of resisting all the temptation at holiday meals can have a breaking a sweat before we even get around to loosening our belts — but it doesn’t have to be this stressful: choose one selection at every meal as your well-earned holiday indulgence. Decide when and where you’re going to treat yourself. We recommend choosing a treat that is totally unique to the holiday season: maybe a big ol’ slice of your Mom’s homemade pumpkin pie, a glass of your uncle’s tipsy egg nog, or your grandmother’s famous ginger cookies.
Alternatively, choose a meal or two out of the many meals during the six-week seasonal span where you’ll allow yourself to indulge in your favorite foods. If you’ve been sticking to your guns with diet, exercise and mental self-care throughout the holiday season, a little controlled chaos will not undo all your hard work.
THE AVERAGE HOLIDAY DINNER CONTAINS AROUND 1,700 CALORIES
For many of us, that’s almost all of our daily calorie requirements in one meal. But it’s not really the traditional holiday dinner fare (like turkey and roasted veggies) that’s the culprit. Those dishes are actually quite healthy. The devil, as they say, is in the details and in this case, it’s all the nibbles on the side that can pile on the pounds. Help yourself to an extra slice of turkey (without the skin), and load up on vegetables: getting in all the good stuff will limit the amount of room you’ll have for less than stellar food choices.
Remember: you’re not depriving yourself of anything. You ARE allowing for indulgences, and treating yourself in this kind of a controlled fashion will make you feel satisfied, but also in charge of your decisions. The result will be a more confident you. In the future, you’ll be able to rock any party or family gathering knowing you made it through one of the most tempting times of the year without falling off the health wagon.