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My good friend Beatrice lost about twenty pounds over the past four months. She shared with me that her weakness for desserts around the holiday season may cause her to relapse! She said that her cravings for certain foods actually keep her awake at night. She went on to say that she was invited to several holiday parties and she plans on attending all of them as she has worked hard to fit into all of her holiday dresses!
I told Beatrice that I have been in her shoes so I know what she is going through. Food can be addictive but you don’t have to deprive yourself of everything you love. I’ll be damned if I’m giving up my crab cakes, red wine, and occasional cream of crab soup! However, I will control my caloric intake by tracking my calories, even the unhealthy choices. I told her that my diet is about 85% clean. I won’t overindulge, but I will partake in an occasional indulgence.
Beatrice asked, “How do you avoid overindulging? You obviously have willpower.” So, I gave Beatrice five tips on how to avoid overindulging during the holiday season.
- Slow down baby- “The ripper the master the overlordian’, playin’ MCs like an old accordion!” Can you name that tune? You guessed it! Those are rap lyrics from LL Cool J’s verse in the song titled “Rampage” released by EPMD almost 30 years ago! The hook was “slow down baby”. Eat your food slowly and enjoy every bite. Sometimes eating too fast makes me feel like I need a second plate when I’m no longer hungry. Wrap that second plate up in aluminum foil and take it home for the next day. You don’t need it tonight.
- Use smaller plates- Smaller plates makes it appear that you have more food than what you really have. You may find that you are satisfied once you’re done eating. Throw that paper plate in the trashcan and get away from the buffet table, please.
- More veggies please! –Why not double that serving of vegetables! It may help you to avoid doubling your serving of unhealthy choices and it will keep you regular if you know what I mean. Please try not to use the bathroom at the party unless you really can’t wait. We don’t want to offend the other guests!
- Limit alcohol consumption, but have a lil’ somethin’– Remember, alcohol has calories just like food. I’d rather waste calories on something delicious rather than consuming empty alcohol calories. But, if you must have a drink, don’t overdo it. I prefer red wine because of the health benefits. I also like a little pink Moscato every now and then. Like Kid N’ Play used to say, “ain’t gonna hurt nobody”.
- Consider tracking your calories- Track everything, even the unhealthy food. This will help you to stay within a calorie budget and to avoid overeating. There are several apps available. I use My Fitness Pal religiously.
Readers, I would encourage you to maintain a healthy diet and stay active to avoid pitfalls. Also, I’m not a fan of deprivation. You may be more successful if you allow yourself to have a treat from time to time. Do you have any tips to offer our community about maintaining good health during the holiday season?