(Originally posted November 19, 2014)
Why am I making a plan? If I make a plan and say that I’m going to do it, I’m much more likely to actually follow it, or at the very least, do better than not making a plan. Two years ago I put on about 8 pounds and I didn’t have a plan. I was also coming off of dieting really hard and didn’t have enough balance with my food prior to the holiday season. I was too strict with my diet before the winter months and didn’t allow some of the “not as healthy” foods in my diet… hence the weight gain once the tasty treats began! Last year I had a plan for the first time ever. I didn’t stick to it 100%, but I did better than I ever did. I only gained a couple of pounds and was easier to work back off.
So What’s my plan for the big family holiday dinner days?
Meal One: Meal Replacement Isagenix Shake. It’s delicious, nutritious, and a perfect balance of macronutrients (protein, fats, and carbs). It’s a lower (than most) calorie meal, and I’m guaranteed to start the day out well by having a healthy and balanced meal full of essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals.
Appetizers: Skip! As much as I love cheese, crackers, and veggie dip, these extra calories just aren’t worth it to me! I also won’t feel like I’m missing out.
Dinner: Fill up my plate with all of the tasty and not-so-healthy foods that are specially prepared for the holiday! If it’s something I don’t LOVE the taste of, I won’t take it. It won’t be worth the extra calories. But I’m sure as hell gonna enjoy that stuffing, mac ‘n cheese, turkey, and whatever else will be there. I am a fast eater, overeater, and picker by nature, so my goal is to eat slowly and really enjoy every bite. That will help me not overeat.
Dessert: Hell yea I’m eating dessert! No more than one small plate full, and again, if it’s not something I REALLY enjoy, I’m not going to waste the extra calories. But I want to enjoy the tasty holiday treats at the same time. Right before dessert I’m going to have a plain protein shake. This will help me not overeat the sweets. It will fill me up a bit and the protein will help slow down the digestion of the large amount of sugar.
Weight gain typically happens when you overeat carbs and fats. Desserts = sugar (carbs) and butter (fat)! Tasty, but in excess it leads to fat gain. I want to enjoy my family holidays, but when it comes to the many other events going on around the holidays, I plan on cutting back on the sweets this year. If I decide to eat dessert, I will count it as a meal and will eat a protein shake with it. It’s not the best or healthiest option, but it allows me some flexibility.
What’s my plan for the days outside of the big holidays / normal days of the season?
Outside of the family dinner days I’ll be sticking to my normal typical healthy diet plan. If I end up with leftovers, I will only eat the “clean” ones, meaning food without a lot of excess oils, sugars, creams, etc. added to it. Those are the hidden calories that you come across at restaurants and in tasty holiday dishes. I want to enjoy those foods on those special events, but I also need balance and don’t want to be eating them every day for a month or two straight. So I’ll only eat leftovers if it’s something that I feel is clean and healthy for the non-holiday meals.
Desserts and baking at home: Same goes for baking. I don’t plan on taking desserts home. I took a ton of desserts home last year… and probably like you, if it’s sitting at home and I see it… I will eat it! I want to enjoy the desserts, but I also want to have some balance. I’ve recently started experimenting with healthier dessert alternatives, so that’s my plan this year. Home baking and desserts that will be in my house during the holiday will be stuff like:
Use Your Food for Fuel
I plan on sticking to my typical weight lifting routine. Gotta keep moving! Days sometimes get missed with gym schedules, traveling, and family dinner schedules during this time and that’s ok. It’s gonna happen and as Taylor Swift so greatly says, “shake it off” and start new the next day. But the days that I lift, I will get a damn good workout in and I may even throw day or two of cardio in. Maybe. Or yoga instead because I enjoy it much more! It will help make up for the extra food and the food will fuel my workouts. Use it for muscle gains!
I hope this helps you with your upcoming holiday plan! It’s important to share special moments with family and friends and not feel guilty about what you’re eating. It’s also important to find some balance.
Happily and Healthfully,
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