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Thriving – not just surviving the Holidays! (part 1)

By October 25, 2014Blog - BodPod, Blog - TSFL

Thriving – not just surviving the Holidays!

Part 1- Parties!

 

thanksgiving-Staying-Healthy-Take-Shape-For-Life-MedifastRemember, that you have worked hard, whether it has been all year long, just a few months or maybe you just made the commitment for optimal health. You want to be able to survive the next 2 months’ social engagements and gift giving season (no matter what you celebrate) to help you keep moving towards your weight loss goals.
This is a great time of the year, it is important to focus on the reason for gathering, and that is to spend time with loved ones, family and friends. Many social gatherings are centered around food. This can be frustrating, scary and extremely tempting when attending a party or celebration.
Here are a few tips you can use when you are attending parties and giving gifts:

  • Don’t go hungry-try eating a Program meal or part of your Lean and Green prior to arriving at the party. This will help curb your appetite.
  • If you are invited to a party, which happens to be a potluck, this is a great opportunity to bring a healthy choice, that also fits with your program
  • When you arrive at the party-and you want to partake or try food, use the smallest plate with healthy choices.
  • Be mindful of your Healthy Choices, fresh vegetables, lean proteins and salad.
  • Limit or skip foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.
  • What happens when you are the host/hostess?? There are many tempting opportunities to “graze” when packing up leftovers. Divide leftover’s into Lean & Green meals. Allow someone else to pack up the leftovers and you offer to wash the dishes.
  • Develop a Plan of Action for Surviving an Event: Identify your personal barriers and strategy, write it down.  Plans make the difference!
  • Take time for yourself!! This is a very busy time to the year for people, take time to exercise and keep your body moving. Just taking a walk can give you that alone time you need to get your body moving and regroup.
  • In advance ask your family and friends to forgo food gifts. Examples: wine, cheese, candies. You may say this year, let’s get together and start focusing on relationships instead of the food we eat.

Thriving – not just surviving the Holidays!

 

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