Holiday Strategies

November 22, 2017

Holiday Strategies for Optimal Health


We all fear what happens during the holiday season; candy, cookies, pies, and pot lucks at the office, special lunch and dinner celebrations, traveling and/or vacations and, of course, more stress than normal.


Remember, Holidays are intended to be social gatherings, with friends and family. 

They are not an excuse for creating EATING FRENZIES. 

Plan fun activities to make the day special.  Include group walks or sports activities.


Did you know? The average weight gain over the Holiday season is 6-8 pounds!

Wouldn’t it be great to fall below the average?


Let’s go over a few strategies that will help you get through this tempting time.


1.             Seek Support! Through your family, Health Coach and support calls.

2.             Eat a Low Calorie/Low-Glycemic snack every 2-3 hours.   

3.             Eat healthy fast foods…keep your fuelings close by!

4.             Fuel up before going to a party, don’t go to any event hungry!

5.             POTLUCK? Bring a Healthy Dish you know you can enjoy

6.             DO NOT Stand Next to the Buffet Table!

7.             Eat more of the salads and green veggies at a dinner party and make the 

                lean protein a “side dish”

8.             Avoid Portion Distortion, use only small plates! Fill this small plate with

                veggies first!

9.             Learn to ‘eyeball’ the proper serving size that is right for you and stick with

                them  when dining out or dishing up meals.

10.          Special holiday food you can’t live without?  Take one or two bites, just a taste

                and you will be surprised how satisfying it is.

11.          Try not to serve family meals ‘family-style’. Keep full dishes away from the

                table where it is all too easy to serve extra helpings!

12.          Modify recipes to lower fats and sugars. Contact your Health coach for


13.          Send all high calorie foods home with someone you don’t like.

14.          Put a sugar free mint or gum in your mouth to keep from nibbling

15.          Watch out for high sugar drinks. Opt for zero calorie drinks.

16.          Ask for sparkling water and lime instead of beer and wine

17.          Be the Designated Driver. If you do drink, drink responsibly. Limit yourself to a

                light beer or glass of wine

18.          Physical activity, walks and games, are a good way to burn calories.

19.          Give gifts of raw almonds, tea, dark chocolate and red wine.

20.          Do not throw in the towel for the week because of one over indulgence.

21.          Use the Holidays as an opportunity to be a role model for healthier living to

               those around you.



Have Fun!!!! Become great at mingling…Be the Healthy life of the party!!!




My Daily Holiday Schedule


Time What I Ate


____________ Wake up


____________ Breakfast ____________________


____________ Mid Morning _________________


____________ Lunch _____________________


____________ Mid Afternoon ________________


____________ Dinner _____________________


____________ Evening ____________________


Snacks __________________________________


Type of exercise today_______________________________________


I exercised for how long? _______________


Today I feel…______________________________


My Challenges were__________________________


What did learn? ____________________________


My Plan for tomorrow_______________________________________





I am one day closer to my healthy weight! I can do this. I Choose Health!!



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