One of my online clients suggested that I write a post on managing Holiday eating. At first, I rejected the idea in my head because I’ve written at least a half dozen of these over the years and sometimes think the people who really want to manage Holiday eating, will.
But then I started to think about what message I really want to send about this topic. I’m sure most people are looking for the typical “10 Tips to Manage Holiday Eating” article that comes out every year, different author, same message, and same result – a fatter nation on January 1. You’re not getting that from me this time around.
I’m going to keep this very simple.
Ask yourself what you would suggest to a very close friend who wanted to manage Holiday eating. Someone you love with all your heart. What would you tell them? Don’t just keep reading. Think about it. What would you tell them?
The answer you come up with is your answer.
The best advice to you this year and every year doesn’t change: Think ahead of time about how you’re going to manage events like parties, Thanksgiving dinner, sweets that just suddenly show up at work, etc. because you know they’re coming. Decide if you’re going to plan how to handle these events in advance, or if you’re just going to show up and “try to be in control.” Don’t do the latter, it’s never worked before, and it won’t work now.
The bottom line is, you can’t have it all. Don’t deprive yourself of foods you enjoy, have a plan, use self control and limit your portions. The hard truth is, you either want to manage the eating and not gain a lot of fat, or you don’t. If you need help with a plan or you need some accountability to your plan, ask for help.
You really can do this.