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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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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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