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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!