The six month food binge begins before Halloween once you purchase the candy, then of course Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukah followed by New Years Day splurge. You make the commitment to begin January 1st and before you know it you have been given candy for Valentine’s Day and here comes March and the Easter Bunny has arrived with a basket full of candy.
Well maybe that is a bit extreme, however, we start thinking about food and dieting when the holidays begin. Some of these choices are not even thought out it’s just part of the tradition that you eat lots and lots of sugar right? I try and help people look at it a little differently.
Ask yourself how do you feel physically and emotionally? In other words if you continue to overeat during the holidays how low does your energy go and how are you setting yourself up for an emotional roller coaster ride of eventually feeling so blue that you can’t find the energy to do anything. Don’t get me wrong, you want to try and prevent gaining too much weight over the holidays, however if you can focus on other choices and how you feel then maybe you can overcome those holiday blues. Following are some tips that you may want to try:
- Eat before you go to an event, or go to the party and make a commitment to yourself to skip the appetizers and treat yourself to a nice dinner.
- Go for an extra 20-30 minutes of exercise on the days you know you are going to be going out to a party or out to dinner.
- Keep a food record so you will have an idea of how much food you are eating.
- Try and watch your alcohol consumption. Drink club soda with a splash of cranberry juice or limit it to one drink.
- Too much sugar tends to make you hungry and can also cause a lot of emotional swings. Make sure you eat fruit to help with sugar cravings.
- Try not to think “I’ll just go on that diet January 1.” You will set yourself up and this can lead to weight gain. Just make conscious choices. Remind yourself that if you overeat then you will probably feel tired and uncomfortable.
- And if you do overeat then do not starve yourself at the next meal or the next day. Just get back on track and choose healthier foods.