Posts Tagged ‘holiday eating’

Holiday Damage Control: It’s That Time Again

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

 Maybe you’ve worked really hard to lose weight this year.  Maybe you’ve started eating better, no matter what your weight.  Maybe it’s been on-again/off-again, but you’re pushing for more “on-again”.  No matter what, this is the “perfect storm” season for backtracking:  lots of tempting food, everywhere.  Stress, family pressures, too much to do.   More alcohol, less sleep.  Routines out of whack.   It’s hard to avoid setback, yet so rewarding when setback’s at least minimized.  January 1st comes soon and hard enough without 10 pounds to lose.

To help you through, check out these links, to the Eat Sanely holiday archives  (note especially “The Joys of Just Maintaining“), and to our favorite help-you-through-the-holidays articles from.   Some of this support hones specifically on the holiday overloads; some can serve you well all year long. (more…)



Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

As a therapist, you tend to see less joy and fun this time of year than worry and strain. Yes, it’s a biased outlook, but the stresses of the season are certainly real. People trying to keep their health and weight in check, especially, face a daunting array of triggers and challenges. Many simply say, “Forget it!” and let go of goals and good self-care for weeks.

If you’ve followed this blog (see 11/23/09 post), you’ll know that I don’t think “forgetting about it” makes sense—for a lot of reasons. On the other hand, neither does striving for perfection. One idea I’ve discussed with many clients this season is that of “just maintaining”. That is, if you’re working to lose weight, and/or to change your habits for the better, this may not be the best time for full-steam ahead progress. After all, most of us will confront some potent combination of parties, extra tasks and running around, family pressures, and of course all those cookies, candies, special drinks, etc.

If you aim to “just maintain”, though, you won’t need to view this stretch in all-or-nothing terms. In other words, you’ll discern something in between the extremes of resisting everything vs. letting go of all your hopes and progress. This will most likely mean picking and choosing the events you attend, the foods you go for, the types of things you cook or contribute. It might mean carving out exercise time even while life and schedule get crazy.

You might even think of this “just maintain” time as an opportunity to experiment with one new behavior, however small, that could yield interesting results….or that could make future holiday seasons a bit less stressful. For example, try some “assertive dieting” techniques with your family (see references below for more help with that….) On a (maybe easier!) note, you could try some 5- or 10-minute exercise “bites” (also see references) at work. Or, you could simply make a less fattening version of one favored food. (more…)



Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Given the time of year, I’m reprinting an article here that appeared in The Diet Coach’s Letter last holiday season.  It’s still timely! I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving.

The average American will gain some weight over the holiday season. While we may hate this fact, consider the even worse news: most people don’t lose it after January 1. If your weight has crept up over the years, then, it may not be your age that’s at fault . Just living through these weeks, year after year, can do the trick. So, not gaining weight during the holiday season is truly its own worthy goal.

In order to not gain, we may need all those tips the magazines bulge with this time of year. Beyond that, we may need to rethink the season in some basic ways. For any six-week stretch focused on eating, drinking, increasing time demands, and decreasing routine is bound to cause trouble. But just because it’s holiday time, you don’t have to automatically abandon your better habits. You may instead have to learn to enter these times with your highest goals kept at the top of your list. Don’t simply assume you’ve got to jump in and let the holiday tide sweep you along. Try to think instead of how to enjoy the parts of the season worth enjoying, while still emerging in January feeling good about yourself. (more…)