We all know it is difficult to remain healthy during the holidays! Pecan pie, busy schedules and extra sweets in the break room all help to sabotage all the hard work we have done leading up to November. Having a strategy going into the Holiday season can help you stay on track and avoid "slip ups" or even down ward spirals, which can be so easy this time of year.
There are plenty of articles by experts telling you how to avoid weight gain during the holidays, but I really enjoyed one I found on the MyFitnessPal blog. What set it apart was these strategies were offered by "real" people who had lost 50 pounds or more. These are people who are currently (or have been) in the weight loss trenches during the holidays and know what worked for them. Their strategies include exercising before and/or after the big meals, planning ahead what you will eat and having a mantra you repeat to keep you on track. There were some great suggestions you may find interesting too. Read the blog here.
I have to admit, I read these articles every year. I guess trying to pick up some new strategy which will get me through the next two months. One year it was eating only 1/2 of each portion on my plate, another only having dessert once a week (this helped avoid the sweets everywhere I turned) and another year is was setting down my fork after each bite. While doing my research this year I have decided on these three for 2017: