Holiday Survival Tip #8: Take Control of What’s On Your Plate
Fill your own plate if that’s an option so you can go heavier on the veggies and lighter on the fattening stuff. Most of us don’t eat enough veggies anyway and you’ll avoid feeling bloated and heavy, and probably sleep better!
Holiday Survival Tip #9: Think Twice Before Seconds
If you think you want seconds after your main course, have a drink of water and wait ten minutes. Check in with yourself to see if you are really hungry, especially if you’re planning on having dessert. If you do decide to head for seconds, limit them to vegetables. If you’re truly hungry, they’ll fill you faster.
Be sure to continue to weigh in weekly. If you let it slide, the weight can creep on really easily. Even if you’re eating healthy food, too much healthy food is unhealthy. While I was in college, I spent time in Africa, in a town where modern conveniences were practically non-existent so I had no access to a scale. I was eating like the locals, so no processed foods and enjoying a well balanced diet. One day I went to the “big city” to see an expat friend and she had a scale. I was horrified to see that despite my good eating habits, I had put on 10 pounds.
Weight can creep up even if you’re being moderate, because of stress, sleep patterns, the wrong foods or a shift in thyroid. Weigh yourself on a Sunday since parties are usually on Friday and Saturday nights.