Ok, so Halloween is here and if you haven’t been around candy and goodies yet, you likely will be soon! They’re everywhere! Every office you go into. Every neighbor you visit. Every social gathering you attend. You simply can’t escape it! Then, of course, there’s the candy you buy to give out to the Trick or Treaters … I always buy something I don’t like to minimize my wolfing them down myself. (I always buy Whoppers – don’t like them much. Yet last year there were quite a few left and I polished them all off anyway!)
Next, Thanksgiving is only a few weeks after that with its mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey and dressing, sweet potato casserole, cranberries, dinner roles, appetizers and of course – ALL THOSE DESSERTS!
Then, come all the Xmas parties that usually start about the first week of December. Just how many of those are you planning on attending? PLUS Xmas Eve and Xmas itself… the big family gigs and God knows you don’t want to make your mother feel bad by not having seconds (of everything) since she slaved all day making your favorite dishes for you!
Then New Year’s Eve celebrating and New Year’s Day football eating all day long.
Why am I bringing this up? Because I hear so many folks say they’re going to wait until the first of the year to start their diet. AFTER all the celebrating and over-indulging is over. In the meantime, they give themselves permission to pig out until Jan 1, when they’ll likely hit the scales like most of us, and groan at what they see.
On the other hand, what about if you put some serious focus on food NOW – lose a couple of lbs now, BEFORE ALL THE HOLIDAY OVER EATING ONLY ADDS TO YOUR WEIGHT. That way when the big feast come around, you’ve got a little wiggle room to spare. Then, if you want to get seriously into losing some weight when January comes, you’re already one step ahead of the game.
Oh yea – and don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is right after Xmas, with its chocolate in every shape and size. Then there’s Easter and all the Easter hams and Cadbury eggs. (LOVE those!) Then Memorial Day and the 4th of July cookouts with those awesome summer burgers! And then …
As you can see, there’s never a good time. You just have to start.
The other thing to consider with all these parties, is planning ahead. For example, if I have a party to attend on Saturday, I cut my calories back the day before the party, the morning and afternoon of the party, as well as the day after the party.
I also do things like bring a dish to pass that I know will be safe for me. I bring the fruit or veggie tray. Maybe a nice, big salad. (Other folks could benefit from some non-fat options as well, you know!)
Lastly, under absolutely NO conditions, should you take leftovers home! (Despite how much grief Aunt Mable is giving you!) It’s one thing to pig out once – why would you set yourself up to fail twice? Just say NO! She’ll get over it!
These are just a few tips to help you avoid gaining over the holidays like I did several years ago. (I put on 8 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas! Yikes!) Believe me, you don’t want to do that!
Sure – there are so many pitfalls of the busy holiday season but if you put a plan into place now and look ahead for the best way to navigate the food minefield this several weeks, you shouldn’t be sobbing over your scales come January 1!
Mary Jo Fay is the founder and author of No Cheatin’, Just Eatin’,, the memoir of 40 years of yo-yo dieting that reads like a novel and has just enough “how to” advice for folks who want to lose weight but refuse to give up their favorite foods and eat healthy!
Available soon on Amazon.