It’s Christmas Eve everybody! Right now, I bet you are all leisurely lounging around the fireplace, sipping hot cider and singing Christmas carols. Am I right?
Ha ha ha ha.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be fighting traffic to buy presents for the people you forgot about, only to come home to a computer room full of unwrapped presents, and a fridge overflowing with ingredients that have yet to be turned into Christmas dishes.
So before you begin your Christmas festivities, check out a few top tips from my weight loss posts throughout the year. Below I list tid bits of advice that you won’t see in every. single. weight. loss. post. In fact, this may be the first time you’ve seen one or two of these before.
Strive to add a couple of these simple tips to your holiday celebration. I emphasize “simple” because…well, they are. However, just because they’re easy doesn’t mean they’re any less effective.
And remember, the following tips aren’t just for Christmas and New Year’s though, these will help you to avoid overeating any time of year.
1) “And I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”–Aerosmith (from my post Thanksgiving Hacks)
Take the bigger helpings of your top favorite foods. I know, I could say the entire spread is my favorite, but that’s not the name of the game. Pick two to three. Then take just a couple bite serving of everything else. That way, you won’t have to miss a thing;-)
2) Like Your Liquor, Don’t Love It (from my post Oscar Worthy Eating Tips)
I know I’ve said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again, try to limit the alcohol. First of all, if you like the fancy schmancy, fru-fru drinks (which I definitely do), they are chock-full o’ calories and having only a couple will set you back a few hundred calories.
Secondly, liquor sets off the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that is responsible for regulating hunger. When that humdinger gets going, it leads you to believe that you’re hungrier than you probably really are. And third, alcohol lowers those inhibitions of yours, making you feel little to no guilt when you inhale that plate full of brownies.
3) Me Need Food (from my post Avoid Overeating at Holiday Parties)
So, you were so busy getting everything ready earlier that you forget to eat, and you just realize you’re eat-your-hand-hungry when you get to your aunt’s house. If you feel as though all control would be lost once you locked eyes with the buffet-style dinner, ask a family member to go make you a plate and limit it to that one plate.
That way, your food friend will bring you their favorite picks and you don’t have to see all the other tempting options lurking on the table.
Still hungry afterwards? Have your helper fill a plate with veggies and go to town girlfriend.
And that leads me into my next tip…
4) Break the Fast (from my post Thanksgiving Hacks)
If you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner ravenous from not eating all day, you’re going to snort about twice as much food, while relishing none of it. Have yourself a healthy breakfast so you don’t show up at your mom and dad’s ready to eat your niece.
5) I Love Bread (from my post Going Out to Dinner on Valentine’s Day)
Eat a piece of bread already! But try limiting it to just one. Unless these rolls are made from scratch and fresh out of the oven, you can buy and eat generic store-bought rolls any day of the year. Fill your belly with deliciousness that you get to indulge in only once a year.
6) ”Let’s Get Physical”–Olivia Newton John (from my post Thanksgiving Hacks)
(I know it’s super cheesy to keep referencing songs, but I just can’t help myself.) Sweat before the food fest. Most gyms are open at least until one on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Get that booty of yours to the club and have a fantastic cardio session.
7) You Sexy Beastling (from my post Avoid Overeating at Holiday Parties)
If you’re really trying to stick to your guns, and not end the night feeling so full you can barely get out of the car and into your house, wear form fitted clothing. Food guts are never fun to flaunt and it’s even less fun to hold the bloat in all night. So ditch the pants with the elastic waistband and feel stylish and sleek in clothes that show off your beautiful bod.
8) The One Clean Plate Club (from my post Thanksgiving Hacks)
Commit to yourself that you’ll only have one plate. Once that plate is licked clean, take that bad boy to the sink. That simple trip to the kitchen not only saves you from having seconds and thirds, but it’ll also keep you from mindlessly picking at what’s left on your plate…that’s if there’s anything left.
Alright! That’s it! See, those aren’t too painful at all. Definitely doable without feeling deprived.
I hope all you lovely ladies and gents out there have the most spectacular Christmas and I’ll talk to you guys in a few days.
Merry Christmas xoxo