Experiencing FOHO? Fear of the Holidays

hanukkah-2-fbDo you experience stress hosting that annual dinner party, seeing those long-lost relatives, or fear of gaining weight with it all?

It is true that the holidays can make it more difficult to manage all of life’s responsibilities including weight management. Pressure of weight loss can add to your stress level during the holiday. Perhaps your holiday weight goal this year should be to maintain your current weight. Don’t let the holidays set you back. Creating a realistic and attainable goal can set you up for success.

Here are several tips that can help you fight your food FOHO:

  • PLAN ahead— Be sure to plan how you will eat at the holidays in a way that works best for you. The more you prepare, the easier it will be to succeed at weight maintenance through the holidays. Don’t throw in the towel to just start over again in January 1.
  • Use a smaller plate at holiday parties. This creates the illusion of having more than you really are consuming.
  • You CAN leave the table if your plate is not clean. Try to eat slower at meal times to allow your body to send “fullness” signals to your brain to avoid overeating.
  • Eat only the dishes and treats you know you won’t get any other time of the year. Don’t waste calories on store bought items that you can get anytime. Savor the moment!
  • At dinner parties, sip on a non-alcoholic drink, like seltzer with lime so that one of your hands is occupied holding a drink rather than reaching for food. **Steer as clear as you can from alcohol, especially those creamy eggnog drinks that are loaded with unwanted calories.
  • Watching the big game? Throw a football outside with your family or friends during halftime.
  • Watch your portions and don’t over indulge. **Remember the first bite tastes the best.
  • Do some research. Check out which traditional holiday dishes have less calories. For instance, pumpkin pie tends to have less calories than other desserts.
  • Look to make healthy substitutions when making your holiday dish. Try using plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, or applesauce in place of oil or butter.
  • Lastly, don’t SAVE UP your calories. It’s a bad idea to starve yourself all day until the big holiday dinner. Why? You will likely eat too much and consume too many calories.

You don’t have to fear the holidays in terms of weight gain. If you know your triggers that lead to overindulgence and follow these tips where fit, it’ll make for an easier, more joyful NEW YEAR!

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