Holiday Waist Management
Holiday Waist Management: It’s upon us once again. We have completed another circle
and the holidays have begun! Well, based on what I’ve seen at big box stores,
the holidays began at the end of August.
We are frantically running about and succumbing to the
trappings of the season. Presents and cards are being purchased (yes, Melissa
and I still believe in cards as well as Santa), pantries stocked, invitations
sent, lighting, trees and other symbols of celebration are in position.
Holiday Waist Management: All I Want for Christmas Is Stretchy Pants!
As we all know, this time of year can present challenges.
They can take the form of stress, anxiety and sadness. When we experience these
feelings, we tend to medicate with food and perhaps alcohol. I know I do.
Fortunately, I have the alcohol under control. Sometimes I eat so much that
Melissa considers putting me on display like a real life “Elf on a Shelf”… a
reinforced shelf. Apologies for the visual.
When it comes to holiday waste management, consider the following suggestions:
- Preemptive weight loss: On average, people
can gain between 7 and 10 pounds during the holiday season. I try my best to
lose extra weight before the holiday meals (which look like feeding time in
Jurassic Park). I know I will be eating more than usual so I try to factor this
- Drink Water: Doing so before meal time
will fill your stomach and help you eat less.
- Adjust: Consider eating less carbs during
dinner to make “caloric room” for dessert. Focus more on protein and
vegetables. At the very least, try reducing the portion sizes.
- Food Mindfulness: As difficult as this
may be, try to see food as a source of fuel for the body (which it is) instead
of something to gorge on and get sick from afterwards. Mindfulness also
involves being aware of the process of eating, slowing down and chewing slowly.
Focus on the texture of the food, the aroma, and really tasting it.
- The Lag Factor: It’s better to quit
eating just before you begin to feel full.
- Activity: Going for a walk after dinner
will help get the digestive process going. It’s much better to be upright and
moving instead of sitting on the couch where the food will “pool” in your
- Reduce Leftovers: If you have lots of
leftovers, consider putting together portable meals and bringing them to the
homeless. You can feed others while reducing the chance of you overeating.
Feel free to add to this list. Do what works for you, but be sure to follow through with the plan. Holiday eating can be truly satisfying – it need not come with a survival kit of antacids or trips to the bathroom because of feeling sick.
With this in mind, Melissa and I would like to extend our heartfelt wishes for a safe and pleasant holiday season. ~Ted
Holiday Waist Management and Other Healthy Tidbits