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Getting Back on Track
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We are now five days past the holiday – have you weighed in yet? Have you gotten back to tracking if you took a little time off from it? If not, then NOW is the time to start again.
There are about five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. That means a barrage of seasonal goodies and holiday parties filled with delicious foods and beverages. Many of these foods and beverages come with a high caloric price tag. As I mentioned in the last post, consider a temporary goal to maintain rather than gain weight from now until January 1, 2011. This will be much more manageable than trying to lose weight while celebrating the holidays.
Here are some ideas on how to handle parties. Most of these ideas come from members on the MyNetDiary Community Forum:
- Eat a balanced meal BEFORE going to the party so that you are not hungry at the party.
- Socialize with friends and family rather than focusing on the food or drinks.
- Limit the number of alcoholic drinks, as well as what you put in them.
- Snack from the veggie tray but watch the dip (100-150 calories/2 tbsp).
- Both alcohol and foods are caloric. If you indulge in one, minimize the other.
- If you throw the party, then you control the caloric environment.
- If you bring a dish, you can control the caloric content of at least one item at the party.
General Tips for the Holiday Season
- Maintain rather than gain during the holiday season.
- Continue to track food, exercise and weight. Don't skip "bad days."
- No one is perfect. Just acknowledge overindulgences and move forward.
- Make time for exercise.
- Be aware of your emotional reactions to the holidays and get help if you need it.
I would like to emphasis the importance of staying mindful of your choices for the next five weeks. Please do not let one big blowout party or meal throw you into a five-week long bender. You always have a choice. You can choose to continue tracking, you can choose to make time to exercise, and you can choose to eat well-balanced, calorie-controlled meals for all of those other meals during the five week period! You can choose to enjoy the holiday season while still having some control of your caloric intake and expenditure. The choice is yours; you simply have to exercise it.
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Kathy Isacks, MPS, RD
Consulting Dietitian for MyNetDiary
Disclaimer: Please note that we cannot provide personalized advice and that the information provided does not constitute medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, please visit a medical professional.
Disclaimer: The information provided here does not constitute medical advice.
If you are seeking medical advice, please visit your healthcare provider or medical professional.
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