How many more eating events till the New Year? Have you stayed within your allotted flex weight?
The main key to eating and enjoying the holiday for yourself, your family and others is to educate, plan and prepare. Remember; your focus, goal and priority may not be the same as others. You are responsible for you.
When attending gatherings, do your homework, find out what will be served, plan and prepare for success. Education is key, if you know what will be there you can plan accordingly. Opt to eat a more nutritious meal prior to the event and choose very small portions or eliminate certain items altogether.
Hopefully your relationship with the host will allow you to share your goal so that they are not offended or will not sabotage your efforts. Should you have one bad day keep it in check, do not just give up and give in, refocus and start the next day anew.
There will always be that favorite candy, the irresistible desserts, the favorite side dish, a loved one’s specialty and a succulent main dish. So set your boundaries and know your limits. When given these items as gifts, freeze and/or share with others.
When it gets hard, have an exit strategy. Become the resident photographer, storyteller, or entertain the children, anything to get your mind and mouth off of the food.
If all else fails and we eat more than planned, start the New Year off with exercising an extra day per week. Ideally, that’s 3 days a week moving to 4, but for some that is moving from no exercising to 1 day and that’s a start.