There’s no time like the present to make a fresh start and begin new healthier eating habits- even if you’re headed out to a holiday party tonight! So, hit the reset button to refresh your screen and follow the FRESH start rules to help your hips survive the holidays.
Fresh Start Diet Rules for Surviving the Holidays
F- Freshen up your food life- Keep fresh fruit and other healthy snacks such as whole grain crackers, nuts, and fresh veggies on hand at home. A handful of almonds or walnuts before heading out to a party can calm your appetite so you don’t dive into the buffet the minute you arrive. Stock your pantry with whole grain pastas, brown rice and your fridge with low fat or non fat milk and yogurts.
R- Recognize barriers- OK it’s going to be tough to say ‘No’ to holiday favorites like chocolate fudge and that creamy cheesy hot artichoke dip. Know your splurge foods and resolve to enjoy them in small quantities. Use a small plate to serve yourself. Research shows your mind will think it looks like a lot more food than the same amount on a large plate.
E- Enjoy the taste of eating right – Did you know that the deviled eggs, steamed shrimp, roast beef and chicken on skewers often served at holiday dinner parties are all diet-friendly lean protein choices? Feel free to add low-cal flavor with mustards, horseradish, cocktail sauce and salsas. Remember that some foods are actually allies in the weight loss war. Broth based soups, veggies, fruit and whole grains fill you up with out filling you out.
S- Start new habits- Keep a list of what you’re eating and drinking for a few days. Be as specific as possible on types of foods and amounts. Don’t know what a cup of mashed potatoes looks like? Get some measuring cups out and become familiar with portion sizes. This snap shot will help you keep track of over eating and while you’re at it- write down your physical activity. Did you take the stairs instead of the escalator at the mall? That counts, too!
H- Have a plan – Eat breakfast. Schedule time to take a walk or go to that yoga class. If you’re going to a pot-luck bring the salad or vegetable side dish. If Friday involves a big dinner party, eat less on Thursday and walk more on Saturday. If it’s a three hour car ride to Grandma’s pack fresh fruit and a turkey sandwich for the road so you don’t have to stop at a fast food joint. Save the calories to enjoy holiday treats when you get to Grandma’s. Successful long term weight control is a balancing act.
Keep in mind that most people gain about one pound over the holidays. That doesn’t sound like much but if you don’t lose it- after ten years that’s ten pounds. If you maintain your weight this time of year, that’s great! You won’t even need a New Year’s diet resolutions! If you’d like to share your healthy holiday eating tips I’d love to hear them. Please email me at http://www.carolynoneil.com/ or
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