On your Holiday menu:
One cup of stuffing, 350 calories. Really?
Eggnog, 450 calories in one cup. Seriously?
Pecan pie, 460 calories in one slice. What?
Four sugar cookies, 340 calories. Kidding me?
There are some things you can eat in a moderate amount. There are some things you can substitute a lower calorie version. There are some things that should be off the table – walk away and don’t look back.
Go into the holiday season prepared to know what’s what for you.
Aunt Clara makes the best crab puffs in the known world. This is the only time of year you get them. What’s your plan? Make sure you have room in your daily caloric allotment for a couple. And take your time. If you are going to treat yourself with something special, give its deliciousness the attention it deserves. You didn’t restrain yourself all day so you could gobble those two crab puffs in 3.5 minutes. Take small bite. Enjoy the texture. Swallow, and wait a minute before you take another bite. If you chomp it right down, you will still feel unfulfilled by the experience of eating it.
Substitutions. If you are making your own holiday goodies, or partying where there is a large variety of choices available to you, subbing can be your best bet. There are definitely substitutions that work, and if you’re wanting that holiday yummy, you can try to make it a little less likely to leave you looking like Mr. Claus. Here are some great substitution ideas, and there are plenty more available with a quick search: Healthy Holiday Food Substitutes and Simple Swaps Healthy Holiday Recipes.
If you’re not sure what items should be a flat-out nope, take the time to check out some caloric content lists. I’m always touting the benefit of My Fitness Pal, and Calorie Control has helpful charts as well. Some things might surprise you. When the count on something small is outrageously high, that might be when you say, “You know what? That’s off my menu.” A HUGE psychological tip: Don’t think “I can’t eat that;” think “I DON’T eat that. I choose to treat my body better than that.” Saying no is your choice – be proud of it.
You can make it through the holiday season without needing a new wardrobe as a gift. Educate yourself, know your weaknesses, and make good choices.