Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Healthy Holiday Tip: Get Stubborn!

Okay yesterday was really long so I'll keep it short today!  Here are a few tips to help you accomplish what we talked about yesterday - achieving a calorie deficit (AKA progress) or break-even if you want to avoid gaining holiday weight when you're at those food-laden parties.

That's right, it's Healthy Heather's Holiday Hints!

The first step, of course, is to make a plan.  Always make a plan. Write it down and stuff it in your pocket if you have to.

Then, channel your inner three-year-old. That's right, dig in your heels and get stubborn!

Learn to say “no” creatively. Save the three-year-old routine for your internal dialogue, however, unless your plan to avoid holiday weight gain is to not be invited to any more parties. Instead, when you’re confronted with something that is not on your plan, use positive language to redirect the attention away from your refusal to indulge. 

For example: 

  • Express gratitude (thanks for offering! that looks delicious!)
  • Acknowledge the effort (it is so thoughtful of you to make these for me!)
  • Suggest an alternative (I’ll have to try some a bit later.)

And then DROP IT. Stop talking. Move on. Drink some water. Smile.  Tell a joke.

Remember – no one can force open your mouth and make you eat something. Well, they can but they won’t. Don’t engage in a debate over whether you “should” or “need to lose weight.” It’s your decision, and they don't want to hear it anyway. 

If all else fails, tell them you are allergic.

Happy holidays!

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