The good news, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, in a research study published them, the average holiday weight gain that stays with you is not 5 lbs. (as most people believe) but happily is closer to 1.2 lbs. Unfortunately, the bad news is that the weight gained is not lost during the following year. Holiday weight gain can give to an annual overall weight gain in most adults. The middle age spread perhaps? Follow these holiday-survival tips to avoid this incremental weight gain that may cause you to pack on an extra 15 lbs. in less than 10 years.
Plan it Out
This may be called the holiday season, but there are only a few real holidays during the season. In this time of giving, sharing, gathering and enjoying the company of family and friends we think of eating. We want to be warm and fed, we think about it, dwell on it and finally your actions follow your thought patterns.
Plan well and pace yourself. Keep your schedule flexible and do not overextend yourself. If you do, you will not have time to plan healthy meals and get enough sleep, which are essential for weight control.
During the holidays, the workplace is full of fatty, high calorie, sweet goodies, such as candy and bakery items. Become a grazer but bring your own delicious Fairy Tale Diet goodies close-by. Say “no thank you” to office sweets. Occasional splurges are for special days, not for everyday. If the goodies are in sight of your desk, politely ask if they can be moved, or move them yourself. Bringing your own sweet treats such as a sugar-free chocolate pudding from Walden Farms or one of their many delicious flavored calorie free dips with some veggies keep you satisfied.
Focus on why you love your family and friends and the reason for the season and be a good host or guest. Never sit down to a holiday meal ravenous. You will set yourself up for a disaster. Before the affair starts, have a small well-balanced snack, such as a salad or a bowl of Miracle Noodles with one of Walden Farms lip smacking good dressings or toss down some berries and yogurt. Lingering in the kitchen or near the buffet table just makes the temptation too strong! Eat only reasonable size servings of what you really want to eat. Pass up the rest. Help the Host out by bringing your own healthful dish to pass, such as assorted raw veggies with low-calorie dip or a homemade low-calorie dessert, and then even the rum balls we will be making. From now on, when you are a guest at dinner party, ask what is being served and let your host know, on the QT, ahead of time that, for medical reason you won’t go into, you are on a special diet. If you are familiar with the menu, it will be easier to maneuver around obstacles.
(Most folks will treat you quite differently if you have food issues because of medical issues than they do just because you are on ‘another’ diet. You are not lieing. You are dieting for the health of it after all. If they try dragging it out of you at any time… just thank them for their concern, ask for prayers of strength, and tell them you are not ready to talk about it. We all need all the prayers of strength we can get just to get through this life, let alone dieting in the holiday season!)
Trade-offs for Holiday Meals
When it comes to holiday meals, there are usually plenty of options. Attempt to make better choices without denying yourself. Your waistline and your heart, will thank you. Munch on raw vegetables with low or no-calorie dip, grilled veggies and other low or no-calorie hors d’oeuvre. Trade in candied yams for the 3-bean salad, and skip the sauces. Fill your plate with delicious lean fowl, lots of veggies, and fruit. Enjoy one glass of wine with your meal if the host insists and keep your dessert small, in fact consider sharing it. Remember, in your new life, to control those portions.
Keep a journal. Make this your new tradition. Nightly remember to record all the wonderful things you did, places you went, people you saw, gifts you received, and most of all… the food you ate. It keeps you honest and discourages impulse eating behaviors. Seeing what you’ve eaten, in black and white, is a deterrent. It also helps a refresher when it’s time to send out thank you’s and reminisce next year.
As I mentioned earlier, Rum balls are a classic winter holiday treat and are very easy to make. They need no cooking, no equipment other than a bowl, something to mix with and some measuring tools, but no hard–to–find ingredients. If you prefer bourbon or another flavorful liquor to rum, go right ahead and alter the FREE RECIPE to suit your taste.
Many consider rum balls to be a classic treat in the winter. You never know when the last-minute invitation will pop up and you will need that hostess gift or when you will suddenly need a present. Make up several air tight tins or small-decorated mason jars, cover the lids with holiday paper, tie on a bow and with a dozen or two rum balls inside, (kept in the fridge until needed) you’ll have instant gifts.
And with rum balls in hand, you’re ready to attend any holiday party or even to throw one of your own. I will be serving these again myself this year at our Winter Potluck… it will be the week before Christmas. Last year we cooked it all, decorated it all, and paid the price financially, physically, mentally for it all. Live and learn. Learn I did, when the electric bill came in… well… all I can say is now it’s a potluck affair and the ladies in attendance help with the decorations. I truly thank the Lord for understanding friends!
The rum flavor is light, and it is not too sweet. The texture is reminiscent of a fig Newton, but only one or two is required to dull that sweet tooth without much pain. Lol.
1. 1/2 cups saltine cracker crumbs
2. 2 cups oatmeal
3. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
4. 1 ½ cups water
5. 1 tablespoon LorAnn’s rum flavoring
6. 1 tablespoon instant coffee
7. 40 drops of Splendex
Make the Rum Balls
o Remember to make your rum balls a few days before you want to serve them.
1. In large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
2. Mix the rum, water and Splendex in a cup first and then pour into the dry ingredients and knead into a sort of dough.
3. Spray your hands with non-stick buttered flavored pan spray and form the dough into 1-inch balls, allow to sit uncovered for 1 hour.
4. Place the balls in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator at least a couple of days before serving or up to 3 weeks in the freezer.
Recipe yields about 3 1/2 dozen rum balls. (I made 2 gifts and still had a few for guilt free nibbling!)
This is Granny’s’ Gourmet DIY for the Fairy Tale Diet!
Class dismissed ‘till later
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