During this time of holiday feasts, consider shifting your goal from weight loss to maintenance. This will allow you to indulge a little so you won't feel deprived and end up overeating. Eating more calories during the holidays won't negate your usual healthy dietary habits, as long as you do it wisely.
Don't get swallowed up by the holiday rush and find yourself eating out more often because you're too busy to make dinner; stick to your normal routine as much as you can. To avoid fast food restaurants and shopping mall food courts, eat before you go shopping. Or pack fruit, vegetables, or other low calorie snacks to munch on when you're hungry.
Of course holiday parties are the biggest challenge, but you can enjoy them and eat wisely too. I'd like to suggest printing the June newsletter, Smart Eating at Parties and Picnics, and keeping it in a handy place.
Keep an eye on your weight, and if you notice a gain make some changes. Always stay positive, knowing that making it to January without gaining weight is progress that you can build on in the New Year.
Megan Porter, RD