In my last blog post, I discussed the importance of planning your holiday festivities, starting out each day on the right foot, and giving a boost to your self control by hiding those goodies you are forced to keep in the house.
If you are giving treats as gifts or baking for others, choose goodies or recipes that are not tempting to you. Ask your loved ones what their favorites are and make whatever it is that you personally enjoy least. We all like to taste test what we cook, if your cooking something that is not particularly appealing to your pallet, you will be less likely to sneak a bite (which often leads to more bites…) Before preparing that tasty delight, eat your own meal. Remember that trip to the grocery store when you were hungry? You still have that bag off brand chips in the pantry, right?
Drink at least 1 gallon of water per day. People often mistake thirst for hunger. When you are drinking lots of water, our caloric intake is often lower. A stomach full of water helps curb the desire to eat those goodies you were forced to make for your loved ones in my fourth tip, above!
Watch your hidden calories in seasonal food items such as creamers, hot cocoa mixes, and egg nog. Even the sugar free varieties pack lots of calories per tablespoon and contain ingredients such as corn syrup, vegetable oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, and MSG. If buying for parties, events, and visiting family, purchase the small containers. Use a measuring spoon to accurately measure serving size. Holiday flavorings can easily add 100-200 calories to your coffee in harmful trans-fats and sugars. You are better off using good old half and half or coconut oil in moderation.
My next blog will share how I handle holiday parties, and still have a good time!