Fighting the Holiday Feeding Frenzy!

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Question: With the holidays approaching fast, I need some strategies to keep from gaining more weight. The feasting began at our house on Halloween and will run through New Year’s Day. What would you suggest to help me, at least, maintain weight?
Answer: Whatever workout schedule you have, you need to try to maintain it. Adjust your schedule whenever possible to get your training done when it is scheduled. If you have outside obligations on your training day then get in an abbreviated workout or change your time to still do a full session. You will save yourself a lot of guilt if you do. If missing a workout is absolutely unavoidable then do all you can to make it up within a day or so. This will keep you from losing the structure of your routine.
Before you go to a party or to a dinner you should have a light snack to prevent you from going into a situation hungry. Besides, you know theses functions rarely start on time which just makes you hungrier. If you go in hungry your normal safeties will not be engaged to prevent you from eating whatever you see and in large quantities. Then, the morning after you really feel like you completely blew it and can those emotions can direct you in one of two directions: get depressed about it and decide there’s no reason to continue to fight it through the holidays. New Year’s comes around and you make your resolution (again) and you will be even further behind in your quest to be a healthy hottie. Option two is to get back into your training immediately the following day to get the sludge out of your system and determine not to make that same mistake again.
Thanksgiving dinner is going to be a feast so choose your foods wisely. Eat larger quantities of of the healthiest foods available before you drool over the desserts. When you do have dessert have a modest portion, enough to satisfy but not too much. Sometimes foods or social situations trigger cravings. For some people having coffee requires more cake with each cup or sitting around talking requires more food. If you know grandma’s chocolate cake is going to send you into a feeding frenzy eating larger portions then cut a slice and take it home where you won’t have access to more. One final suggestion, don’t eat dessert first.
Enjoy your family and friends during the holidays but focus on the time and relationships you have with them not your relationships with the food. Start new traditions like a walk in the brisk autumn air after eating or lending a helping hand to the host to get the place cleaned up instead of sitting around wondering what else you can eat. Be active instead of sedentary and play with the kids if you are lucky enough to have them around. For large functions where several people will be bringing food, plan healthy options instead of four different varieties of potatoes or stuffing. Look for tasty ways to prepare traditional dishes without the extra calories. Get other members of your party involved to get them healthy with you. Limit alcohol and avoid drinking on an empty stomach. Hopefully you can use these tips to stay with your game plan and if you have others send them to me.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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