Thursday, December 22, 2011

Busting the Top 5 Excuses to Overindulge During the Holidays

Excuse #1: The food looks and tastes so good! How can I resist?

It’s true—there will be plenty of terrific foods. But will you feel good after you eat them? Imagine yourself overindulging. How do you feel afterwards? Was the taste really worth it? Could you have received the same pleasure with a smaller amount?

Excuse #2: It’s a special occasion. It only comes once a year.

The holidays only come once a year, but the parties, events, and gifts of food never seem to end! Stop and decide which ones are really worth the splurge. When it is time for the splurge, bank calories from earlier in the day.

Excuse #3: Everyone else is eating. The hostess will be offended.

Just because everyone is eating does not mean that you have to eat everything too. Choosing smaller portions shouldn’t offend anyone. Remember, “If you half-it, you can have it.” And sometimes it may be necessary to “just say no”.

Excuse #4: I should offer desserts to the company in my home.

Keeping your favorite desserts at home usually spells trouble. When treats are in the house, more of the dessert usually ends up in you, rather than your guests. Therefore, keep some low fat, low-calorie alternatives on hand. Make a trip to your local library and flip through the healthy holiday cooking magazines and books for other creative alternatives.

Excuse #5: I’ll get back to my healthy eating plan tomorrow.

This thinking is okay, as long as it is realistic. Make sure an occasional splurge does NOT become a repeated excuse (or turn into “next week” or “next month”).

Source: Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian

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