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How to Halt Holiday Weight Gain (part 2)

I know the holidays can be a challenging time when it comes to fending off weight gain.  But I guarantee that if you apply a couple of these tried-and-true strategies, you will be one of the few who won’t gain any weight!

(And make sure you revel in the compliments your friends and relatives give you when they see how great you look!)

So, here are my next five strategies to Halt Holiday Weight Gain.  Which ones can YOU commit to doing?  :)

Oh, and in case you missed the first five, check them out here:  Top 10 Strategies to Halt Holiday Weight Gain, Part 1

Strategy #5:  Enjoy three bites of anything!  This is great advice from French Women Don’t Get Fat. This is a different idea than putting “a little bit of everything” on your plate.

We all know that our plate becomes a mound of food when we do that…and oftentimes, there are dishes we don’t really even enjoy that much.  But, we’re so conditioned to cleaning our plates that we finish everything anyway!  When you try it, you’ll realize that three bites can be quite satisfying.

Strategy #6:  Reduce the alcohol.  Your body uses alcohol as fuel first and then what you’ve eaten.  So, a glass or two of wine with dinner can really slow down your fat-burning process.  A non-fattening festive drink would be diluted cranberry juice with sparkling water and a squirt of lime.  Place it in a wine glass and it looks like wine.  Sometimes it’s the act of drinking that you miss, not all the alcohol.

Strategy #7:  Connect creatively.  Suggest that your family do things other than eat, i.e. go out and see the neighborhood’s Christmas lights, Botanic Gardens, snow men and snow angel building, sledding, make Christmas ornaments.  Where I live, downtown Littleton and downtown Denver are especially great places to visit. You can share great holiday memories that don’t center around food every time.

Strategy #8:  Reduce your stress. A majority of people are stress eaters and go to comfort foods in times of stress – which often is at its height during the holidays! To decrease stress, try a few of these tools:  Say no to anything that isn’t important to you, ask for help, get enough sleep, drink hot tea in the morning or at night, listen to your favorite music, write positive affirmations and a daily gratitude list.

santa on scaleStrategy #9:  Be the change you wish to see in yourself.  Offices and hospitals are the worst place to be during the holidays; there is candy on every desk and people bring in cookies and candy. Try to inspire change in your office and bring in clementines (also called “Cuties” for a good reason) or an assorted raw nut mix.

Strategy #10:  Stay committed to your exercise routine!  Don’t feed yourself the lie that “I don’t have time…I have too much to do.”  Surely you can squeeze in even 20 minutes somewhere?

And if you’d like to not think about what you’re going to do as a workout – stop in to train with me before Christmas if you’re in my neck of the woods!  You can still come in tonight, tomorrow, Saturday for our Christmas Camp at 8:30 AM and next Monday and Tuesday!  Just post your comment below and I’ll get you scheduled.

Your Turn!

I’d love to hear from YOU!

What do YOU plan to do to halt holiday weight gain?

Take a minute to let me know in the comments below.

Merry Christmas!  Make it your healthiest holiday season yet!

Committed to your success,

Priscilla Freed

 

Top 10 Strategies to Halt Holiday Weight Gain (part 1)

This is a special two-part Action Plan… to help you HALT holiday weight gain!

We all love the holidays and, with them, the special memories we create around the table.  What we don’t love, however, is the extra padding that we often accumulate by New Year’s!

Can we enjoy our holiday meals with our loved ones without worrying about gaining weight?  Keep these strategies in mind and you won’t need to add “lose the 10 pounds I gained over the holidays” to your New Year’s Resolutions!  (Or be running like mad on the treadmill December 26th, ha ha!)

Strategy #1:  Have a plan.  And follow it without fail.  For example:  Plan to have a healthy breakfast in the morning.  Plan to work out every day no matter what.  Plan to drink a full glass of water before a large meal.

Strategy #2:  Pay attention.  Many people “taste” the holiday food during preparation (cookie dough, whipped cream, etc).  Pay attention to what goes in your mouth during prep time and tell yourself, “I will not feel deprived when I bypass junk food.  I will feel empowered that I made the healthy choice.”

Strategy #3:  Stick to a routine.  Even if you’re traveling, commit to exercising every morning, no matter where you are.  Sample morning workout:  20 Burpees, 20 sit ups, 20 push ups, 40 squats, 1 minute of mountain climbers, repeat 4 times.

Strategy #4:  Decide on desserts.  Include indulgences but decide what they’ll be up front.  If you love apple pie, decide ahead of time that you will be satisfied with one slice at your Christmas dinner.

Strategy #5:  Take advantage of free workout invitations – like MINE!  If you’re in my area of South Denver, come train with me at ZERO cost all this week and next week before Christmas!  We have sessions at 6 AM, 4:30 PM, 6 PM, and of course our big Christmas Camp at 8:30 AM this Saturday.  All you need to do is shoot me a quick email that you’d like to come and I’ll schedule your session!

See you next time with our next 5 strategies!

Committed to your success,

Priscilla Freed

 

Mashed Cauliflower for the Holidays

“I hate cauliflower!” says my 11-year-old stepdaughter, Jordyn, when I asked her if she likes this vegetable that I happen to LOVE.  Then, as she’s eating my mashed cauliflower recipe, thinking it’s made out of potatoes, she asks… “May I have a third helping please?”

Sorry, but I get some kind of crazy thrill at tricking kids to eat healthy things!

This dish is usually a favorite at my holiday meals!  Most people don’t know it’s cauliflower until you tell them!  The interesting flavorful mix of dill and Feta is awesome…and I don’t normally like dill.  Or Feta!  (There’s quite a bit of cheese in this recipe, so if you’re lactose intolerant, try substituting with soy cheese and vegan Feta).

I guarantee you’ll have your guests asking for a second helping, and the recipe.  I encourage you to try this as a new dish at your Thanksgiving table – and then let me know how everyone likes it!

YUMMM!!!!
YUMMM!!!!  Picture courtesy of Kalyn’s Kitchen.  Recipe adapted from Katlyn’s Kitchen.

Why use Cauliflower?

  • It’s low glycemic (won’t spike your blood sugar) so it helps with weight loss
  • It’s high in fiber (helps you detox better) so it helps with weight loss
  • It’s fun to trick people with it! (if you’re a weirdo like me and find that fun)

So, here you go!

Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Dill

  • 1 large head cauliflower (4-5 cups cauliflower flowerets)
  • salt, for water to cook cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp butter (I prefer Ghee)
  • 3 tsp finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat Mexican four cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Wash cauliflower and remove core, then cut and break into small flowerets. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a generous amount of salt, and boil cauliflower until it is quite soft, about 20 minutes. Pour cauliflower into a colander and let it drain well for about 5 minutes. (Don’t rush the draining step or the dish will probably be too watery.)

When cauliflower is well drained, pour back into cooking pot and add butter, lemon juice, and chopped fresh dill.

Mash with potato masher, until ingredients are well mixed. Add milk and both types of cheese and mash again until cheese is mixed in and cauliflower is quite soft. You can use an electric beater or food process for the final mashing if you prefer. Taste cauliflower and season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. You may need to put it back on the stove and warm for 2-3 minutes before serving. Serve hot.

Makes 4-6 servings (I usually double, triple, or quadruple this recipe!)

It’s Your Turn!

Can’t wait for you to try this recipe…Looking forward to hearing your feedback!

Priscilla Freed

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