On Thanksgiving Day this year, I weighed less than I have in over 7 years. It was a huge victory for me- but…
I promptly celebrated that success by going totally off of my eating plan for two weeks and gaining back 5 pounds.
Why oh why do I do this to myself? Every darn time, I celebrate my successes with food.
And this bad eating cycle is exacerbated by the holidays. Fall/Winter are brutal on those of us trying to lose weight or eat healthy! Halloween – Thanksgiving – Christmas – New Years- Valentine’s Day- Girl Scour Cookies Season – Easter…
So many ways to celebrate with food.
And I’ll be totally honest- even though I could have made much better eating choices over the past two weeks, I also want to say that I love to celebrate the holidays with food.
Cooking for my family, baking treats for others and having an alcoholic beverage with friends I have seen in a long time are all really important parts of who I am and how I celebrate. It’s just not reasonable for me to expect to stay on a diet all throughout the holidays.
However- I also want to change my lifestyle habits to become more healthy and maintain a healthy weight for years. I am tired of the yoyo of my weight, tired of the negative cycle I get trapped in when I lose weight and then gain it back again.
That’s why I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite healthy eating tips for the holidays- and hopefully help you to stay on track with your own weight loss Journey.
Top Weight Loss Tips For The Holidays
Tip #10- Eat protein throughout the day.
One thing I really love about Profile is how many great, healthy sources of protein there are in all of the foods we eat on Plan.
My mindset about food is that if I am going to indulge, I should just save up all day for the special treat by not eating anything.
And that makes holiday parties dangerous! Instead- make sure to eat your healthy foods- especially protein- throughout the day os that you feel full and satiated. When you are full, it’s so much easier to say no to foods you like, but don’t love.
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Tip #9- Don’t deny yourself treats.
I know this one seems counterintuitive, but I truly believe that not only is it really hard to not eat any treats over the holidays- it’s actually setting you up for failure.
Profile plan is a lifestyle change- it’s not a quick fix diet that you do for a bit to slim down and then it’s over. And for those of us that love food- denying ourselves our favorite things for the rest of our lives is just not sustainable.
So- have your treats. Just plan for them! Make sure to get in extra exercise, drink extra water, or add in some extra veggies on the day you plan to indulge.
Tip #8- Grab A Buddy
We know what a key role our coaches plan in our Profile journey, but we still need other buddies to support us on our journey.
Make sure to have other people in your life that you can talk about your weight loss journey to- and who support you. This can be via text, phone, or in person.
Maybe you have someone who will make sure you get to the gym before a holiday party. Or maybe you have someone you can text when you want to eat your third Christmas cookie in a row.
Whatever you do- make sure you have someone to help you on your way.
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Tip #7- Make A Rule
If you are a rule follower- make your own rules about holiday eating and stick to them! It can be nerve-wracking thinking about which foods might be at a party, and how we might react to them.
So make a rule! For example- “if there’s cheese, I’ll eat two pieces.” Or, “I’ll pick one of my favorite desserts.” Or- “if I try something and it isn’t amazing, I’ll stop eating it.”
Tip #6- Carry A Snack
I pretty much always carry a Profile bar in my purse.
Have you ever gotten to a party only to realize that the food isn’t worth the calories? For example, I love fried food. But if it’s cold, it’s just not worth it.
Or maybe it’s all fondue at the buffet and that’s not your jam. You shouldn’t eat things that you don’t like or aren’t worth the calories just because you are unprepared. So- pack a snack to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
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Tip #5- Drink, drink, drink!
No- not all the cocktails.
But you do need to drink plenty of water on the day of an event. It helps you to feel full. Plus, if you are anything like me, if you get to a party and you are thirsty, you’d rather have a glass of beer or wine than something healthy like water.
I actually take this tip a step farther and just bring my favorite water container to the party. That way I have something familiar to hold, and I don’t have to worry about not having enough water to drink.
Tip #4- Eat Clean As Often As Possible
It’s so easy to go down the “I ate a bad snack so the whole day is gone” road.
I’m the queen of this mindset!
However, ever single time you put a bite of food into your mouth, you have a chance to make a good choice or a poor choice. And it’s so much harder to make a good choice at holiday time.
Consciously make the choice to eat clean, and to stay on Plan, more often than not.
Tip #3- Kick Up Your Activity
Add more steps into your day to compensate for any extra calories you might consume. There are so many ways to do this- here are my favorites:
- Take a 20-minute walk first thing in the morning to clear your head.
- Park far away from the store and walk across the parking lot to get to your car.
- If you are a parent like me- get the kids involved! We love to do Cosmic Kids yoga as a family!
- Do the world plank challenge- one minute of plank per day for a whole month
- Wear a step counter and set your goals. Reward yourself (not with food!) when you reach your goal
Related reading- 10 Tips for 10,000 Steps A Day
I love working out to the Fitness Marshall when I can’t get to the gym. Here’s a favorite video.
Tip #2- Weigh Yourself
I get into a bad habit of feeling bloated and bigger, then not weighing myself, then imagining that I’ve gained more weight than I have, and then making bad food choices.
Anyone else with me?
But- if you are making some different food choices during the holidays, this can mean more sugar and salt, which also can lead to bloating. So make sure to weigh yourself to keep yourself on track.
For me, this means I might weigh myself each and every day during the holiday season. You might decide to weigh yourself every three days. Whatever works- just don’t let your fear of the scale keep you from getting on it!
Tip #1- Don’t Stop
Remember that weight loss is a long game. One mistake won’t derail your entire journey.
If you binge eat, have too many cocktails, don’t make time to exercise for a week- it happens. But if it keeps happening, it becomes a habit. And we are trying to break the unhealthy habits.
So make a healthy mindset, a healthy relationship with food, and self-care a habit.
You’ve got this- WE’VE got this!
(Disclaimer- I have been paid by Profile by Sanford to share my weight loss journey with you. Individual results may vary. This program is not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions.)
How are you keeping yourself on track this holiday season? Let me know in the comments below!
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