Holiday Diet Plan Hmm!

Yes its that time of the year Diet plan Hell

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday season. Especially when you are trying to keep the cold winter away. But the feasts and parties that make up this holiday, can tax the arteries and strain the waistline.  Think Holiday Diet Plan.

By eating just 200 extra calories a day — a piece of pecan pie and a tumbler of eggnog here, a couple of latkes and some butter cookies there — you could pack on two to three pounds over this five- to six-week period. That doesn’t sound like much, except few people shed that extra weight in the following months and years.

Holiday Diet Plan!

Good News. You don’t need to deprive yourself or take your treats with a side order of guilt. Instead, by practicing a bit of defensive eating and cooking, you can come through the holidays without making “go on a diet” or restart yet another diet as one of your New Year’s resolutions.

Suggestions to Help

1. Budget your calories wisely. Don’t eat everything at feasts and parties. Spend your calories judiciously on the foods you love.

Holiday Diet Plan - Have a plan

2. Take a break before taking seconds. It takes a few minutes for your stomach’s “I’m getting full” signal to get to your brain. After finishing your first helping, take a 10-minute break. Make conversation. Drink some water.  Remember you have seen food before. Then recheck your appetite. You might realize you are full or want only a small portion of seconds.

Holiday Diet Plan - Take a break

3. Step away from the food!!!!. At a party, don’t stand next to the food table. That makes it harder to mindlessly reach for food as you talk. Think about popping a mint or a stick of gum so you won’t keep reaching for the chips.

Holiday Diet Plan - Step away from the nibbles

4. Don’t go out with an empty tank. Pregame Game !!!!  Before setting out for a party, eat something so you don’t arrive famished. Excellent pre-party snacks combine complex carbohydrates with protein and unsaturated fat, like apple slices with peanut butter or a slice of turkey and cheese on whole-wheat pita bread.

5. Drink to your health = WATER LOL. A glass of eggnog can set you back 500 calories; wine, beer, and mixed drinks range from 150 to 225 calories. If you drink alcohol, have a glass of water or juice-flavored seltzer in between drinks.

Holiday Diet Plan - drink water

6. Mix that Alcohol up with food to start  – avoid an empty stomach. Alcohol increases your appetite and diminishes your ability to control what you eat.

Holiday Diet Plan - Alcohol hmmm

7. Put on your dancing (or walking) shoes. Dancing is a great way to work off some holiday calories. If you are at a family gathering, suggest a walk before the feast or even between dinner and dessert. Plus going for walk gets you out of doing the dishes

Holiday Diet Plan - Dancing Shoes

8. Make room for veggies. At meals and parties, don’t ignore fruits and vegetables. They make great snacks and even better side or main dishes — unless they’re slathered with creamy sauces or butter.

Add Vggies

9. Be buffet savvy – Circle. At a buffet, wander ’round the food table before putting anything on your plate. By checking out all of your options, you might be less inclined to pile on items one after another.

Holiday Diet Plan - Buffet Table Nightmare

10. Don’t shop hungry. Eat before you go shopping so the scent of Cinnabon’s or caramel corn doesn’t tempt you to gobble treats you don’t need.

Holiday Diet Plan - Shopping Hungry

11. Cook from (and for) the heart. To show family and friends that you care about them, be creative with recipes that use less butter, cream, lard, vegetable shortening, and other ingredients rich in saturated fats. Prepare turkey or fish instead of red meat.

Always with love

12. Pay attention to what matters. Although food is an integral part of the holidays, the focus on family and friends, laughter and cheer. If balance and moderation are your usual guides, it’s okay to indulge or overeat once in a while.

Family is always first

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