Statistics show that many will gain an average of 5-20 pounds during the holidays. That’s a real setback. Make a plan now to get you through to January 1, 2015 without too much damage.
Before going to a party, drink lots of water to fill your stomach. Arrive late and don’t hang around the food. Bring your own sugar-free beverage and leave it there as a token for your hostess.
Look over the food selection before making your choices. Sampling just a tiny bit of everything is too much. Choose just two or three things you’d love to try to take only a small portion of each. Drink lots of water throughout the evening. Eat slowly while visiting with friends and family. Remember the season isn’t about food; it’s about love and being together!
Even when someone pushes food at your face, politely back away and say, “No thank you.” They don’t need to know why you aren’t interested. A sweet smile and a quick change of subject should get you past the moment.
If given a choice, select items listed as grilled, roasted, broiled, poached, steamed, or baked. Avoid items listed as fried, sautéed, creamed, or having a sauce or butter.
If you are eating a salad, keep it bare. All the tasty items you add to the lettuce also add calories, fat, salt and, ultimately make you spend more money on clothes! Think cheap.
Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water every day. Shooting for 80 ounces is great. That’s not too hard if you consider that it’s only four 20-ounce bottles of water a day. Drink the first one when you get up. Drinking another while exercising is easy. Have two consumed by 10 am and have another with your lunch. That gives you all evening to finish off the fourth bottle. See? Easy!
Love yourself enough to treat yourself right, especially during the holiday season. Give yourself the gift of proper eating, adequate rest, and a positive outlook and have lots of fun!
Remember that when Daniel and his companions chose to not eat the rich, royal food, (Daniel 1:15) “. . . they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.” Also, remember that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we should honor Him through how we treat ourselves.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s season!
About Kelly Stigliano
Kelly J. Stigliano has been writing and speaking for over 3 decades. She and Jerry have celebrated more than 30 wedding anniversaries together—all proof of God’s redemptive power! Kelly made bad choices for years and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way, hoping to keep others from making the same mistakes. Because no one benefits when we wear masks, she tries to stay transparent. “Everyone has skeletons in their closets, but my closets don’t have doors on them!”
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