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10 Simple Ways To Avoid Holiday Season Weight Gain

Primal Power Method Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

This is the time of year when most people lose their battle with sweets, and numerous other unhealthy tasty holiday treats. For most of us, Halloween is the official kickoff for the holiday season bad eating frenzy! For two plus months we are bombarded by sweet treats, alcoholic drinks, office and family party’s and just flat out good old fashioned American gluttony. So what can you do during the holidays to avoid holiday season weight gain and stay on track with your health goals?

You could just stay home and crawl into the corner with your blankie and dream of candy corn and pecan pies, but let’s face that’s no fun at all. You could also go to all the events, but just not eat any of the tempting holiday gut busters. Again that doesn’t seem reasonable or fun to me. For those of you who are familiar with my philosophy and The Simple Life website and books, living like a food monk is not something I’m a fan of, but making better choices and balancing health with eating the bad things you like from time to time. With that being said, let’s take a look at some strategies you can deploy in your battle of the holiday bulge.

1. Eat a healthy meal before you go to any holiday events, I have used this technique several times. The worst thing you can do is go to one of these events hungry, trust me I have done it and it isn’t pretty.

2. Use those good old negotiating skills, and make a deal with your kids, and other family members that everyone gets to eat a couple pieces of Halloween candy once a week until it is gone. More than likely the most desired pieces (yummm… candy corn and milk duds!) of candy will be taken first, and they will soon forget about the not so popular Halloween remnants (apple anyone). Also make it a special event and you might even be able to make it your cheat meal for those of you who prescribe to my once a week cheat meal technique. Maybe use Friday night as the time to celebrate with a couple pieces of candy.

3. Make a protein shake, and consume it just before you go to a holiday event.  Not only is it a good healthy choice, but it will keep you full and make it easier to resist some of the bad food choices calling your name.

4. If it just isn’t possible to eat before you attend a holiday party, before you eat drink about 20 -24 oz of water. This will help fill your stomach, and you will be far less likely to overeat. You could even add a little soluble fiber, and I guarantee you will look at those holiday cheats with less enthusiasm. This sounds overly simple, but it works like a charm! Plus getting a little more hydration never hurts.

5. Incorporate your cheat meal for the week into the parties or family events you will attend. This way you will not be cheating more than once in a week if possible, and keep you more on track with your usual eating routine.

6. Go Primal early into the event. Eat high protein and healthy fat selections at the party before you eat anything else, and your appetite will quickly be curbed. Remember the Primal diet is one that is satisfying and filling.

7. Don’t stress out about what you will eat during the holidays and go have some fun (just don’t tell your boss they suck after a couple drinks at the company party!). If you stress out you will release additional cortisol, which is a weight gaining stress hormone. I’m pretty sure the world will not end, or you will gain 50 pounds overnight if you cheat a little more than usual.

8. Stick with your usual exercise schedule, as best you can. Many people just flat out give up during the holidays and stop working out. Once you start stuffing yourself with junk it is hard enough to get motivated, stop working out, and you now have the perfect storm for quick weight gain.

9. Make sure to get some exercise on the days you will be attending holiday parties or events, and through in a little extra cardio. This will keep your metabolism humming along, assuring you will metabolize some of those bad foods better than if you didn’t exercise at all.

10. Pick one party during the holidays and just go for it! Don’t worry or stress about anything you are eating. This will help keep you sane and not feel frustrated about enjoying yourself during the holidays. One night of gluttony is usually enough pain to damper my spirit for those bad foods for the remainder of the season. My favorite day to let loose is Thanksgiving, I eat myself into a coma, and it is well worth it. Trust me, I want nothing to do with eating like that for a while, because I just flat our feel like crap the next day or so.


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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Wait a minute–you can’t tolerate gluten or grain, right? So no pumpkin pie, cranberry bread or apple pie for you. What do you do for dessert? I may incorporate a paleo Thanksgiving dessert…. next year.

    1. I guess I should have been a little more specific. I still avoid the foods that I can’t tolerate, but as my gut has continued to heal over the years, my tolerance level for some foods has greatly improved. Well, as long as I don’t overdue it. I actually bring a Paleo dessert to Thanksgiving, and it is usually a big hit. Also that way I can avoid gluten and grains. No matter what you can always still enjoy yourself for special occasions like this, you just have to do a little planning.

  2. I was just thinking about this subject this morning.
    I plan to get up on Thanksgiving and head to the gym.
    Breakfast will be a large salad. At dinner I will have one plate of food, half portions of dessert, 1 glass of sparkling apple cider, and lots of water all day.
    Friday, a juice fast.

    1. That is a great plan! I have a Thanksgiving ritual as well. In the morning I perform some resistance training, and then do about an hour of cardio. I fast until the Thanksgiving meal, but once the meal is served I have no limits on food amount and type for the remainder of the day. This is one of the three days during the year where I give myself the freedom to eat whatever I want. I then fast until dinner time the next day and get right back into my routine. The most important thing is to enjoy yourself and have fun with your family and friends on Thanksgiving.

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