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5 Surprising Ways to Survive The Holidays Without Gaining 10 Pounds

5 Surprising Ways to Survive The Holidays Without Gaining 10 Pounds

Would you like to give your body what it really wants and not gain weight during holiday parties and dinners? There is a way to have it all.

1. No More Deprivation

Do you tell yourself, “I won’t have this or that at the holiday party, I will have willpower,” knowing how impossibly hard that will be. Or, “I must have Mamma’s dinner or she’ll get insulted, there’s no hope for me around family.

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If so, consider trying these ideas instead: Add healthy foods to your daily intake of holiday fare; add fruits to you daily diet; add a large vegetable soup or salad or cooked vegetable dish to your lunch and dinner; instead of skipping lunch or breakfast, make sure to have it. You will not feel deprived if you are not hungry.

With this new mindset you will feel like you’re taking care of yourself during this busy time. This equals less overeating.

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2. Have a Daily Food Partner

Plan your meals the night before and send it to a friend or coach that agrees to support you.  At the end of the day, connect again to report the reality of your eating for the day. This in no way has to be perfect, but again it keeps you focused on spending a few minutes thinking about what you will eat for the day. Even if it’s going to a party and keeping the rest of the day healthy, that’s great. You’re not throwing in the towel and giving up hope for the entire holiday season. Accountability and support go a long way towards sticking to your desired eating plan.

3. Juicing and Freezing

Lots of overeating is done when you don’t have enough nutrients. A super-fast way to get some healthy stuff daily and curb your appetite is to juice some veggies and fruits once a week and freeze cup-size portions. Every morning or evening take out one or two cups and drink them daily. It’s filling and healthy.

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4. Emotional Eating is REAL

Emotions are the #1 factor in gaining weight for most people, according to Dr. Roger Gould, a weight loss specialist in California. When emotions arise at holiday trigger points, stop before you automatically reach for food.

Inner tension, anxiety, overwork, loneliness, boredom, feeling trapped, not feeling like you quite fit in, these feelings can crop up anywhere this season. You may be overeating instead of facing what’s really bothering you. There is nourishment and pleasure out there from sources other than food. This holiday season if you acknowledge that this may be a factor in your eating you can learn to stop doing it. You can learn to reach for other behaviors instead. Take a few moments a day to listen to yourself and to what you are really feeling and needing.

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5. No Time for the Gym?

Blast the music on at home and move it, shake it, just dance for 20 minutes daily. It’s tons of fun and you can get a great aerobic workout. It may even motivate you to hit the ground for a few sit-ups and push ups. Every little bit counts.

You deserve to enjoy the holidays without the added stress of worrying about gaining weight and thinking about food. Here are some additional resources that are ‘not the typical diet book’ to give to your wonderful self as a gift.

  • Eating in the Light of the Moon, by Anita Johnston, Ph.D.
  • A Course in Weight Loss, 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever, by Marianne Williamson
  • Eat to Live, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
  • Shrink Yourself, by Dr. Roger Gould

It’s possible to not gain weight during holiday celebrations, in fact you can actually even lose some with these simple tips.

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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