Surviving Holiday Eating


Ah…the Holidays! That time of year when I would gain at least five pounds and never lose them. According to a report from The New England Journal of Medicine, neither do most people.

It was a time to splurge! Indulge!

Besides, January 1st was right around the corner with its’ promise of New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions.

I’ve been down that road countless times.  Now, I see the Holidays as a time to spend with friends & family. It’s not all about the food! Besides, it’s a holiDAY, not a holiWEEK or holiMONTH.

So, what do I do now?  First off, I don’t restrict myself all day to save up calories for my holiday meal.  I eat according to my normal eating plan, which for me is eating some protein every three hours and drinking tons of water.  That way, when it’s time for my special meal I’m not starving and ready to inhale my plate without barely tasting it.

My major holidays are Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.  I make a plate of all the things I really want.  I don’t waste precious real estate on food I truly don’t love- it’s just not worth it.  Then, I sit down with my family and enjoy every single bite guilt-free.  When I’m done, that is it. No going back for leftovers. I just move on with my regularly scheduled eating plan.  For me, this works.  The thought of never again tasting my mother’s homemade lasagna is just too sad of a thought.  I know it isn’t realistic for me to think like that, after all it was all-or-nothing thinking that got where I was in the first place!

So, my wish for you, whatever holiday you celebrate, is to enjoy the time you have with your family & friends and to enjoy your food, too.

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6 Comments on “Surviving Holiday Eating

  1. What a great blog post. I admire you for many
    reasons but your outlook on healthy eating and understanding the processes that your body goes through instead of being controlled by them is truly remarkable. Thank you for sharing this with the blogging community!

  2. Your photos alone are inspiration. Beautiful! The ideas and helpful hints are so important this time of year. Thanks.

  3. I have been so busy getting back into the swing of things after the holiday week off that I am just getting to my emails now!!! But Not a HOLIWEEK is what gets me through the holiDAY. I love that saying and so grateful you taught it to me.The saturday after thanksgiving, it was back to proper eating and exercise. This week… one week later… I have not gained an ounce and lost a 1/2 a LB to boot!!!! Keep the inspiration coming…..

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