Holiday Eating

It’s the holiday season, and I’d bet you’re facing a lot more challenges than normal.  People are bringing in cookies to work, there are parties and gatherings where food you normally don’t let yourself eat are handed out, and you’re missing traditional foods you used to have pre-LCHF.  You may feel that you can’t be social without eating carby foods, or feel rude turning down foods.

Here’s a couple of holiday survival tips:

  1. Bring fruit to pass at work instead of cookies.  I’d bet your coworkers will actually enjoy the respite from the sugar overload of cookies.
  2. Bring a dish to pass at gatherings that you feel comfortable eating.  Crock pot meatballs, veggie platter, deviled eggs, cheese tray, etc.  When you can fill at least part of your plate with something low carb, your tummy will thank you.  Plus, it makes you a great guest!
  3. Make new traditions.  Maybe you used to always serve lasagna for Christmas dinner and are worried about upsetting that tradition.  Seriously, do you think it won’t be Christmas without lasagna?  See, sounds silly!  If you’re getting backlash on the menu change from family members who aren’t LCHF followers, make a compromise and prepare some previously traditional dishes as well as LCHF friendly dishes.
  4. When all else fails, follow the Vinnie Tortorich saying from Fitness Confidential “It doesn’t matter what you eat between Christmas and New Years, it only matters what you eat between New Years and Christmas”.  Seriously, if you gorge on a couple of meals, it’s not a big deal. Eat some cookies, some lasagna, drink some wine, and yes, the scale will go up, but it’ll go back down.  What’s more important is that during the rest of the year, you’ve set a healthy lifestyle that allows you to occasionally eat something that isn’t LCHF.

Do you have any additional holiday coping ideas? Comment below!

English: Plateful of Christmas Cookies

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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2 thoughts on “Holiday Eating

  1. JustMe says:

    What kind of fruit?

    • Great question! I’ve brought in apples before along with single servings of peanut butter. Another easy thing is to bring in a bowl filled with strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. It looks beautiful and tastes great. You can bring in a separate bowl with whipped cream for people to optionally top it with. The berries with whipped cream is my go-to dish to bring to holiday gatherings as well.

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