This is probably going to be the first holiday where I don’t gain any weight. It will also be the first time I don’t stress out about gaining weight either.
In fact, I’m planning to LOSE weight between now and February.
Since becoming fat adapted, my waistline and my mindset have both shifted in a good way. I’m not at all interested in gorging on stuffing and pumpkin pie, only to feel like a stuffed cow afterward.
Here’s my plan:
- Eat mostly veggies cooked in healthy fats: Roasted green beans in coconut oil, green salad with olive oil, Brussels sprouts in clarified butter and olives to nosh on.
- Eat really yummy proteins: I don’t eat turkey, but I might have a little salmon or my veggie & nut roast (which tastes just like turkey and stuffing).
- Drink red wine or Grey Goose and lime juice: Low sugar alcoholic bevies are the way to go. You could even go without and opt for sparkling water, but I’m a girl that likes her cocktails, so I’m not letting that one go.
- Sample or pass on dessert: I might try a little pumpkin pie if I’m feeling a little a little wild and crazy, but to be honest, I rarely get the cravings for post dinner treats anymore. Once I’ve filled up on proteins, fats and non-starchy veg, it seems there’s little appeal to eat anything else.
- I’ll sleep like it’s my full-time job the night before my Thanksgiving dinner: I’ve talked about this before, but I’ll say it again, sleep is your BEST line of defense when it comes to not loosing your mind around food. Leptin and ghrelin are two hormones that will mess with your mind and purposely make you chow down on the carb-laden bowl of stuffing. If these hormones don’t get their beauty rest, they will insist you’re hungry even when you’re not and the only thing that will make them happy are CARBS!!
- I’ll focus on the people I’m with and not over-think the food: I’m heading to San Francisco for the long weekend to spend time with friends I adore in the most gorgeous city in the world. That’s what will matter to me. Not the food.
- I’ll get my workouts in on the road: I’m packing in an extra weight lifting workout before I leave because once we’re up in SF there will be no time for the gym. I’ll be all about putting on the runners and heading to the golden gate for a 9 miler. Can’t freakin wait!
And if all these strategies get derailed, and I end up under slept, wildly intoxicated and diving face first in a vat of sugary pumpkin gu, then I just won’t stress about it. Worrying about what I ate while I’m on vacation is pointless as A) stress increases cortisol which makes your body increase belly fat (NO THANKS) and B) come Monday morning, it’s back to all my clean and healthy habits again.
No harm, no foul.
What’s your strategy for staying lean over the holidays? Do you tend to loose your mind around all the food?