Beating the Holiday Food Gauntlet

I know! It’s too early to start talking about the holidays. But many of you are probably already finding yourself knee-deep in Halloween candy so like it or not, the Holiday Food Gauntlet has begun. Here are some tips for keeping your waistline in check through the holidays.

Tip 1: Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full
Seems like a grand statement of the obvious but many times we wait until we’re WAY too hungry to start eating. Think about Thanksgiving Day, perhaps you skip lunch and even breakfast in anticipation of the big meal. Big mistake. By the time dinner rolls around, you’re three helpings in by the time you realized you were full a long time ago.

When you allow yourself to get too hungry, it’s very difficult to stop eating at the first sign of fullness. Rather than “saving room” for the big meal, keep yourself fueled throughout the day, and at the big meal put only exactly what you want on your plate and thoroughly enjoy each bite. Dee-lish.

Tip 2: Don’t check out
Do you find yourself grabbing a little bit of Halloween candy here and there and then suddenly realizing that you’ve eaten a bag’s worth of mini-Snickers over the past week?

Resolve not to check out while eating. Each time you reach for a piece of Halloween candy, make it a conscious choice. Are you bored? Is it just there? Or would Milk Duds really be the most awesome food you could eat in this moment? If it really is exactly what you want, choose it. If not, pass. Whatever your decision, it’s much easier to manage your food intake when you’re consciously aware of what you’re eating.

Tip 3: Find and unwind your “food rules” that don’t work for you
Do you need to clean your plate to please the host?
Should you always eat your vegetables?
Is it wrong to have pumpkin pie for breakfast?

These are “rules” we’ve bought into that were created by societal conventions. Make your own rules that work for you and promote your ultimate goal of truly enjoying the holidays without gaining weight.

Learn more about beating the holiday food gauntlet—sign up for the free teleclass October 29 here.