How to make it through the holidaze glaze without falling off the wagon and setting off a 10-year detour!
Today I’d like to share with you my 21 Tips: Thanksgiving Survival Guide. The tips range from food tips to family fun and mental health! Each and every tip is powerful in it of itself, and together – well ‘fuhgeddaboudit!’ Mind and fat-blowing!!!!
I saved my most powerful tip (#21) till the end. It is the secret to my permanently ‘removing’ over 50 pounds 8 years ago. However, be forewarned: it carries 21 times the power if you read through the first twenty tips first!
21 Tips: Thanksgiving Survival Guide
1. Manage Your Expectations: For whatever the reason, when it comes to the holidays, our expectations are often over the moon out of whack. We have preconceived notions on how the dinner should be, the conversation should sound, how people should act and how we should feel. Somehow or another, we still hold in our heart that our family gathering – the holidays – will be a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. No problems, just flowing love. If you want to make your holiday celebration easier, then lower and manage your expectations now. The less you are disappointed, the more you are likely to appreciate and enjoy the day.
2. Forget Perfection. The holiday is just like any other day. It will have its ups and downs. There is no perfect day much less perfect holiday.
3. Expect Change. As the years pass, children become young adults; young adults become adults. New people enter the picture and the family composition often changes. And with all these changes, so go the rituals. Be open for new people and new ideas.
4. No One Has Read the Script You’ve Written for Them. Nor have you read the script they have written for you! If someone says something that irritates you, let it go.
5. Play Nice All Year. Imagine how lovely it would be if we all appreciated each other every day of the year, instead of just one or two!
6. Food Accessories. Trim the Trimmings, Shave the Calories. Just as you wouldn’t want to wear a bracelet, necklace, earrings, pins, and a scarf; go easy on your ‘food accessories.’ There are lots of ‘food accessories’ that we add to a meal, which in turn add hundreds of calories to each and every meal. Go light on the nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter, dressings, and whipped cream.
7. Club Soda In One Hand, A Napkin in the other! If you are holding a drink, preferably water, in one hand, and a napkin in the other, it makes those tastes and nibbles a lot more difficult!
8. Speaking of Nibbles. Appetizers can run anywhere from 50 to 300 calories a pop. Chew on that!
9. Be Discriminating. Eat only what you love. Before you dive into that greasy bowl of whatever, ask yourself, “Is it worth it?”
10. Savor the flavor. Enjoy the sweet, the sour, the salty … be one with your food.
11. Eat Until Sated. This is not The Last Supper. There’s more in the kitchen. Eat until you are sated, not until overly full or stuffed.
12. No Starving Oneself Allowed. Eat! People often make the big mistake of thinking, “I’ll skip lunch and save calories for the party I’m going to tonight.” This strategy rarely works and it is likely to blow up in your face. If too hungry, you are likely to lose control.
13. Don’t Pile It High. Pace Yourself. If you are going to partake in the appetizers, how about taking one on your plate a time.
14. No Closet Eating. Whatever you are going to eat, eat it out in the open! No sneaking. No lies!
15. To Drink or Not to Drink. Limit the booze, baby! Alcohol, a Trigger? Alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories, especially the sweet drinks and the eggnogs! And they are likely to lower your inhibitions and might trigger you to eat more than you really want to.
16. No Elastic Waist Bands Allowed. Go Snug. You really don’t want to leave room for expansion, do you? For goodness sake, wear fitted clothing. Studies show you’ll eat less and have a more realistic take on what’s happening in the ‘waist’ department.
17. Go Active. Plan activities. The holidays aren’t always about food, are they? They are about enjoying each other’s company, having fun, laughter! Think outdoor games: sledding, skating, badminton, horseshoes. Indoor fun: bowling, indoor skating rinks, dancing!
18. Games Galore. More play time. How about a spirited game of cards, charades, or even musical chairs! Make a list of your favorite games!
19. Hand Hobbies. Keep your hands and mind busy with crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, or by being a foto-food journalist. Photograph the food – or your family. It’s difficult to eat and purl one at the same time.
20. Practice Loving Kindness. Be kind to others and yourself. No name calling (like fat pig). Love, love and love yourself some more!
21. All Is Forgiven. Move On. This time is my time and it can be your time, too, if – when you fall off the wagon – you get up and dust your self off and repeat Our Lady of Weight Loss’s most powerful mantra: “All is forgiven. Move on.”
22. BONUS TIP! All Is Forgiven, Move On is also the title of Our Lady of Weight Loss’s book that has received rave reviews from the major daily newspapers and from Judith Beck, M.D. … Give yourself and a friend the gift of permanent fat removal this year!
“Funny, informative, enlightening and uplifting … sage advice.” Los Angeles Times
“EMPOWERING … break out of the traditional weight-loss mindset.” Library Journal
“A great mix of tips, tricks and anecdotes, “All Is Forgiven, Move On” has excellent ideas for your weight loss journey and for improving your life along the way!”
~ Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., Author, The Beck Diet Solution
More Gifts from Our Lady of Weight Loss:
Thanksgiving Prayer … Dear Our Lady of Thanksgiving (downloadable)
Best Stocking Stuffers! The Ten Commandments of Permanent Fat Removal
All Is Forgiven, Move On wristbands!
Spread the word … NOT the icing!
If YOU Want to WAKE UP THINNER? then go to THE HOLIDAY DIET for details on the e-book, community and more!
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