The allure of the holidays is often more about the fear of missing out than the food itself. It’s that get it now or wait ‘til next year mentality that can override the healthy habits you might have already established.
While many common holiday traditions include food, I tell my patients to focus on non-food activities so they can still be a part of the celebration. Enjoy time with loved ones with events like:
- Decorating the family tree
- Walking neighborhoods known for great light displays
- Making your own holiday décor with the kids
Don’t pass up on invitations to attend holiday parties, but beware of temptations. Decide in advance if you plan to stay on your diet plan or have a cheat meal. If you decide to have a cheat meal, remember it is just one meal. Get right back on track as soon as possible.
Some guests may also push alcohol and not understand why you won’t have a glass. If you plan to avoid alcohol but don’t want to face questions from others, have some soda water with a lime. Nobody needs to know that it isn’t alcohol.