(and yes, I do realize this post would have been WAY more helpful if I had posted
it a few days ago. But hey! I’m early for Christmas and New Years!)
- Stay on plan as close to 100% as possible in the weeks leading up to the holidays.
Don’t ‘bank’ calories by skipping meals. This includes the day of a big holiday meal or party. Starvation never works as a means for weight loss or maintaining and the holidays are no exception. Besides, aren’t the holidays stressful enough without turning yourself into a cranky bitch due to low blood sugar?
Today as of this posting, on Thanksgiving day, I’ve had two Medifast meals and for lunch I’m having some egg whites. I’m keeping it low-carb but still consuming the same amount of calories that I normally do by this time of the day.
- Continue to set goals
Keep it realistic but give yourself something to work toward during the holidays. Perhaps you want to log a certain number of hours at the gym by December 31st, or a certain number of miles. Maybe you can set a reasonable goal of 4-5 pounds lost by the new year. It could even be as simple as drinking more water than usual. And don’t forget to reward yourself for meeting those goals (but not with food!).
- Modify recipes so they are calorie-friendly or use alternative foods
Mix in lower-carb almond flour with regular flour for baking, oils and butter in baking for applesauce, replace milk and sour cream with Greek yogurt, use half the amount of chocolate chips a recipe calls for. Indulgence is fun – but it stops being fun when it hurts your long-term goals.
I’m taking Cheesy Baked Cauliflower to Thanksgiving to eat instead of mashed potatoes. I just saved my carbs for pecan pie. 😉
Cheesy Baked Cauliflower
- 1/2 cup of low-fat shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth (optional and I usually skip this)
- 1/2 an onion, sauteed (optional, tastes great but cooked onion will up the carbs)
- 1 large cauliflower head, cut into florets (I like to pre-steam for faster cooking)
- Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Get moving lazy bones!
Blargh. So full. So lazy. Oh look! Leftover pie!
Get your ass out of the kitchen! The surest way to avoid picking at leftovers is to get out of the house. Even if you don’t feel like hitting the gym or running, get out for a short walk or hit the mall and do some window shopping. I don’t have any facts to back this up but I’m pretty sure running with the herds at a Black Friday sale burns like, 800 calories in 30 minutes. Between the aggravation and fighting for your life, it must burn close to that.
Take small 2-3 bite portions of each dish. You can always go back for seconds. But if your family is anything like mine, there are tons of side dishes. By the time I get through my 2-3 bite portions of each food, I’m pretty full and don’t really want another helping.