Last month I shared my Thanksgiving plan of attack.
This month in doing the same with Christmas.
I know you may be ready to drive a pencil through your eye at the sight of any repeat article about “How to Navigate the Holidays Healthfully.”
But stay with me.
I don’t know about you, but Christmas time is way harder to “navigate” than Thanksgiving.
Webmd estimates the average American puts on about two pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year.
That may not seem like much.
Except, if it’s compounded year after year on top of other bad habits, well, it adds up!
I’ve always had a Christmas problem.
In my mid-20s, I’d do whatever I wanted all month. All month.
I ate, grazed, and indulged freely.
All the gingerbread men.
The gumdrops atop the houses and village.
And I don’t even like gumdrops.
I never had a plan.
I need a plan.
I need a plan like Santa needs cookies.
Bad. Real bad.
So here’s a look at my plan for the next two weeks.
It’s somewhere between eating nothing but rabbit food and the entire gingerbread community.
Hardcore Meal Prep
I’m always good about meal prep, but I find myself throwing stuff together like a mad woman this time of year, and then calling it “meal prep.”
Eh, not so much.
I plan to really take time figuring out my meals and snacks for the next two weeks, taking into consideration the outings I have scheduled too.
Plus I’m a guaranteed candidate for hangry-ness, so I need to make sure I plan snacks and have them handy, especially while out and about getting ready for Christmas!
Accept that the office will be loaded with junk next week
For all of us headed to work next week, the office is usually chock full of delicious goodies from employees and vendors.
I could profess right now that I won’t touch a single piece of deliciousness, but yeah. That would be a total lie.
Instead I’m going to be realistic and plan to bring my usual lunch and snacks, but also allow for two treats total during the days I have to work.
Bend on Beverages
Bending on beverages is where I’m going to be able to keep my wits about me.
Remember how my office got the most delicious coffee maker ever and how it was killing me?
These days, I usually try to stick to one drink, and then sip tea and water the rest of the day.
However, for the next two weeks I’m going to allow myself al the delicious vanilla and hazelnut coffee my heart desires. I’m going to bring almond milk to help stave off the added calories of fancy creamer.
The warmth and flavor will satisfy cravings and keep me feeling fuller. Plus it feels like an indulgent treat anyway, so it’s a win-win.
Eat, but eat mindfully.
Here’s where things get hard for me.
On top of Christmas and New Years, I’ve got four other outings scheduled.
All festivities are at places with few healthy options.
That means at least six meals where I will be eating richer food than normal, plus the guarantee of leftovers too.
Instead of stressing out, I’m just going to go and enjoy myself.
I’m not going to throw caution to the wind. I plan to balance the trappings of Christmas meals and family with healthful choices whenever possible.
Six meals aren’t going to kill me. Six meals plus snacks, indulgent treats, and late night eating for two weeks straight, will.
I don’t want that!
So that’s my plan. Somewhere between all the carrots and all the cookies.
I had to share just to have some accountability.
Thanks for listening today. Do you have any goals planned to help get through this month in the same pant size you started?
If so, feel free to share below!