Play a little game with holiday food – Eat this, Not that – to avoid the holiday weight gain!
To play, click here!
From Men’s Health,
Worst movie snack: buttered popcorn Instead: Soft Pretzel with Mustard
Worst chocolate candies: M&Ms Instead: Junior Mints
Worst Licorice-type candie: Twizzlers Instead: Good and Plenty
Worst chocolate bar: Herseys Milk Chocolate Bar Instead: Kit Kat Bar
Worst chewy fruit candie: Dots Instead: Swedish Fish
Budget your calories. If you are hitting up a party or dinner later on, halve your portions the day of the party. You can slice 300-500 calories off your daily diet and use those at the party.
Stick to the veggie platters. ***Choose veggies over fruit when possible too.
Stick to protein platters – meat, lettuce wraps, shrimp…avoid the desserts, pastries. Too many carbs!
Indulge in one vice – if you drink alcohol, no food. If you want the food, avoid alcohol.
Talk more than eat. If you are at a party, do more talking and socializing than eating. If you are at a dinner table, take a bite, strike up a conversation, take a bite and so on. Also, put your fork down between bites. This forces you to chew and to wait and to enjoy your food (and company!).
Shrink your plate. Eat off of a 20 inch dinner plate rather than a 22 inch. You can elimiate 22% of calories and 18 pounds a year.
Switch your cheat day. If your cheat day is Sunday, party is Thursday, move the cheat day to Thursday.
Get back on the horse. If you splurge one night, get back on the diet and exercise horse the next day.l
Burn it off!
I am finding it hard to get to the gym…finals, Christmas parties and haven’t even started shopping. And that is before the holidays actually begin and I will be leaving the city for my parents house (aka middle of nowhere, with no gym in sight!).
So here is some tips for working out with no gym from Men’s Health:
Not really related to health, but in case you need a gift guide (ahem, men) check out the Men’s Health gift guide.
I’m doing this because I was almosted “gifted” with a laundry basket….and jar openers. My god (and shakes head).
Click here for the Gift Guide.
I’ve posted this before the holidays because I know that I will sleip up once. From EverydayHealth.com:
Q: I totally pigged out today and feel so defeated. What should I do now?
A: Congratulations — you’re human! We all make mistakes, and pigging out does not constitute failure on your part. Consider it just a slipup or a temporary setback that you can overcome. Overdoing it at one meal, or even for a full day or two, will not undo all your hard work. The first thing you should do is get yourself back in gear. Here’s how to get started:
- Make the rest of your day as healthful as possible. Don’t skip meals, but have a lighter dinner (and lunch too, if you haven’t eaten lunch yet). A bowl of cereal and milk works well for a light meal (measure it out so you don’t eat hundreds of extra calories), as does a container of yogurt with fruit, a big salad, a baked potato with broccoli, or even a sandwich.
Go the extra mile — by adding minutes or intensity — with your exercise routine today and tomorrow. This will give you a head start on getting back on track.
Think about what may have gone wrong. Did you let yourself get too hungry? Were you eating to fill an emotional need? Was the food sitting right in front of you, tempting you even though you weren’t hungry? The more you learn about your behavior patterns and why you slip up, the better able you’ll be to prevent future setbacks. Use a journal to record your thoughts and feelings.