The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the decorations, parties and lots of tempting goodies. We all hold special memories of years gone by and a lot of those memories are wrapped up in food.
Food is an essential cultural element, which means it comes front and center during holiday and family celebrations. Regardless of how disciplined we are the other ten months of the year, many of us find it hard to resist those special memory-laden foods that we only get to enjoy “once a year.” In fact, some of us figure we might as well just give up this time of year…we’ll worry about it after the New Year.
The problem is that we seldom lose that pound or two. According to health.usnews.com:
In actuality, normal-weight people typically gain about one pound over the holiday season. This may not sound like much weight gain, but a recent review published in Physiology & Behavior found that most of us never lose that pound – and year after year, this annual holiday weight gain can lead to health problems such as obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Understandably, the intense temptations of the season can cause a lot of us to feel more than a little anxious. We want to eat well and make good decisions, but experience tells us we are in for a fight; one that we may have lost multiple times in the past.
So, what do you do? You put your mind into the game before the temptations come. You make a realistic game plan; keeping in mind that you don’t have to be perfect to be successful at weight maintenance…even during the holidays!
I have compiled a holiday eating survival guide of past posts to help you make a game plan!
Above all else, don’t let the stress of weight or gifts rob you of the joy of the season!