Warning: may bring a little tear to your eye.
Warning: may bring a little tear to your eye.
So it was my birthday over the weekend. We had a Christmas Party on Saturday and then Sunday I spent the day celebrating my birthday.
At the party on Saturday there were a lot of delectable treats and I could not resist, I ate a lot and enjoyed it. Delicious homemade pie, cake, little tarts, delicious salads, etc. I woke up Sunday still full, so I didn’t eat until noon. We went out for brunch to celebrate my birthday. I ordered an omelette (which from experience, is way too much for me) and I had the delicious butter covered warm homemade toast (I don’t normally eat wheat or butter). I ate the whole thing and it was delicious. I felt totally over-stuffed.
We spent the day walking the city so at least that helped with digestion. In the afternoon my Dad came by for a cup of tea to celebrate my birthday. He brought cake, I ate it even though I was still full. Thankfully there was more walking. We had a late dinner at 9pm, I had the works; butter chicken, rice, naan and gulab jamun for dessert. I was stuffed.
I feel like I gained 10 lbs this weekend!
In three days it’s Christmas so I need to Ying the Yang so I can enjoy Christmas treats for two days without really gaining 10 lbs.
So this is what I will do for the next three days:
It’s kind of a cleanse I guess. Makes me feel good, cleared out and I lose a few pounds. I don’t actually weigh myself but I feel lighter and my clothes are looser. I find it re-sets me and gets me away from the sugar and fat. Sugar and fat are so addictive, you have it one day and then you crave it again the next, it’s easy to get on that train if you’re not aware.
When I Ying the Yang I can enjoy treats without guilt, remorse or detrimentally affecting my health.
Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season!
I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful holiday season.
Wishing you much love, health and happiness for the New Year!
Thank you for another fantastic year!
HOLIDAY EATING STRATEGIES – Summary
Prepare by thinking about how you feel about eating and the holidays.
Make a conscious decision about what you want. Write it down.
Make a list of specific events coming up where you might be tempted to overeat.
Based on your list of events make a plan about how you will ying the yang so you can enjoy yourself, guilt free, without weight gain.
The days/weeks leading up to the season or event eat healthy (fruits, vegetables, lean meats, avoid starchy bloating food like bread, muffins, rice, potatoes, no junk food or drinks, limit your sugar intake), drink lots of water and workout daily.
On the day of the event eat light and healthy and drinks lots of water prior to arriving. Have two glasses of water before you go to the event and a healthy snack if you’re feeling hungry, like an apple or banana.
At the event decide: Is it crap? Is it worth it? Is it truly delectable? Since you have “pre-paid” for your indulgences, enjoy them!
After the event start your day with a big glass of water. Skip breakfast if you’re still full, continue with healthy eating, portion control, lots of water and extra workouts!
Have fun, enjoy and feel good!
Where there is a ying there should be a yang to keep things in balance. In other words what goes in needs to come out, in one form or another.
In addition to “pre-paying” for your indulgences (Holiday Eating Strategies I), here is what I do on the day of an event when I want to enjoy tasty treats guilt-free:
PREPARE The day of the event:
After the event:
to be continued…
After I have decided on what I want (see previous post), I start to think about situations where I’ll have the opportunity to stuff my face:
· Treats at the office
· Xmas parties
· Xmas Dinner
· Office Parties
· Open Houses
· Dinner Parties
· Family gatherings
· Treats around the house
· Gifts that are treats
Then I think about the food that will be available at these events and whether I’ll want to enjoy it.
Stop and consider: Is It Worth It?
I ask myself:
Is It Crap?
Be picky! Be choosy! Don’t eat crap! Trust me it’s not worth it.
Just eat food you love and enjoy.
This is a big one. Once you’ve decided on what you want, embrace it. What you think and say to yourself after that is everything. If you start to lament that you’re on a “diet”, that you can’t eat this or that, that you wish you could but you don’t want to gain weight, then you’re hooped, it’ll be difficult to stick to your plan.
Focus on the positive.
Focus on what you’re having instead of what you’re not having. With the right attitude you won’t miss a thing and enjoy what you have.
to be continued….