Got willpower? Sure, you do! It may seem daunting to face a buffet full of unhealthy foods and say “no”, but you CAN do it. Will it be painful? Maybe. Will it be worth it? Absolutely! When you step on the scale lighter than before the holidays, you’ll see others running to the gym and crash dieting and think, “I am so glad I don’t have to do anything else but stay on plan.”
Sometimes the easiest things can be the hardest to do, so let’s focus on what you can do to keep yourself on track.
- Get outside! Sometimes, getting outside for a breath of fresh air can revive you, connect you with the outdoors and encourage movement! The less lying around on the couch you do, the better.
- Eat at your regular mealtimes. Around the holidays, many of us have one huge meal in the middle of the day…and regret it for the rest of the day. Don’t fall prey to this! Eat the same portion sizes and types of foods that you do all throughout the year. Sure, they can be festive foods like turkey or sweet potatoes, but don’t overdo it. This can sap your energy and your willpower to continue to make good decisions.
- Have a delicious substitute for dessert. I can’t tell you how important it is to have something healthy on hand that makes for a sweet substitute for pie, cookies and candy. Whether it’s a serving of your favorite pudding Thermo-Snack or Greek yogurt and fruit, you will need a distraction when the dessert tray comes around.
- Do what’s right for you. What’s right for you may not be what everyone else wants you to do. It’s OK to say no. You will be in much better spirits when you are on plan and feeling good about yourself. If friends and family are giving you a hard time, make light of the situation. And if they press the subject of your food choices, simply tell them that you’ve made a decision to eat healthier…period! No excuses needed—you should be commended!
Remember, the more you plan ahead, the more prepared you will be for what unhealthy temptations might surface over the holidays. Whether you need to be mentally prepared to say no to family or physically prepared to have on-plan alternatives with you at all times, SlimGenics will have you ready for anything.
Let’s enter this holiday season prepared for anything!