You can enjoy your favorite holiday dishes with just a little planning. It seems that the holidays and overeating are synonymous but it doesn't have to be that way. You don't have to gain weight. Just do a few things BEFORE you get to the table!
1. Do your research. It will only take you about 5 minutes to get a general idea of how many calories are in the foods you know will be available. This site lists out food items, including calories, and adds it up for you! Make a little cheat sheet from it and put it in your pocket, on your phone, or somewhere that you can reference as you are loading up your plate.
2. Identify your favorite foods. Write down the food item you've been waiting for all year, and decide based on your research how much you are allowed to have. If you want more of this item what you will cut out in order to get as much as you want? I mean think about it, do you really need to eat 100 calories worth of corn when you can open a can and get that any day of the year? I'd go for a special side dish that is only made around the holidays.
3. Extra workouts! If you know that you will be eating more than usual then fit in extra workouts. To put it in perspective this is what I found on the ACE website:
“A 160 lb. person would have to run at a moderate pace for four hours, swim for five hours or walk 30 miles to burn off a 3,000-calorie Thanksgiving Day meal,” said Dr. Cedric Bryant, ACE chief exercise physiologist. “Many people start by snacking throughout the day and that combined with the meal can lead to a total caloric intake of 4,500. All holiday delicacies can be enjoyed so long as they’re eaten in moderation and combined with a proper exercise plan.”
So with that said please note that doing a mile on your treadmill is going to help you, but in no way make up for a meal of 3,000 calories. Be wise in the days leading up to the 'big meal', don't starve yourself as that will put your metabolism into hibernate but just stick to what you know is good for your body.
4. Have self-control and get rid of left-overs if they will kill your eating plan for a week to follow. Just because it's all available doesn't mean that you need it. You can give left-overs away, freeze them ASAP, or make yourself one plate that you can have for the day after.
5. Don't stress out or give up! If you have already lost all self-control then do not worry, the worst thing you can do now is just go wild for the next 5 weeks! It's not the end of the world. Tomorrow is a new day. I know that if I have 1,000 extra calories one day I only have to do TurboFIRE 60 2x to burn that off. Or do TurboFIRE 30 4x. What do you need to do to burn it off? It helps if you know, I know what it takes to burn off many of my favorite snacks, it keeps me in line when I am enjoying them.
Happy Holidays friends. I'm thousands of miles away from my family so if you are with yours please take advantage of being close and enjoy your time with each other. There are many ways you can catch up with one another after your meal. Go for a walk, play football with the kids in the backyard, or bust out the board games. If it's Christmas and there is snow please go out and make a snowman or go sledding! Be active in your memories and make it a time together that is about more than the amazing food! You will never remember the holiday that you forgot a certain dish, but you will always remember who was there and the time you shared together.
Now, one thing that I am curious about…please tell me below what the one favorite item is that you won't be living without! Let a girl in China live vicariously through you!