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You Don't Diet During the Holidays! 
Nov. 21, 2010 2:38 pm 
Updated: Dec. 1, 2010 2:58 pm
As the holidays draw closer, those of us who struggle with our weight begin to stress out!  The next two months are nothing but company parties, family dinners, friendly get-togethers and more. With all these "celebrations" comes the on slaught of food buffets, grandmotherly recipes, and sous chef creations!  I recently lost 55 pounds and then put some back on.  I have worked hard to keep my weight at a safe and healthy range.  And I get to be honest, nothing in this world scares me more than the next two months.   Showing my ability to restrain is impossible with cran-apple cobbler, homemade triple chocolate truffle pie, filet mignon sauteed in a balsamic butter gravy.  So, I have come to you with my mantra of the season, "You don't diet during the Holidays!".
Now before Jillian Michaels knocks at my door to show me her latest in excersise tortures, that doesn't mean go wild.  I have come to realize the more I worry how much weight I am going to gain in the next two months, I find solice in eating.  I start to over compensate eating the food, I know, is not going to keep the weight off.  So what's a girl to do?  "You don't diet during the Holidays, you keep your portions small, you push up the calorie burning excersises of your choice and you lay off freaking out for the next two months."  I take some of my favorite and most devilish recipes and re-work them to reduce the fats and calories.  Love the sour cream! Use the greek yogurt.  Love the pan fried parmesan crusted pork tenderloin! Use the olive oil, not the vegetable oil.  There are ways to love the next two months, without stressing out about the food aspect of it.  Happy Holidays!
Nov. 21, 2010 3:22 pm
Sorry, greek yogurt is nothing like sour cream! My family are all fit and healthy - we watch what we eat and we use moderation.... and it works! I substitute nothing and instead we eat smart, use portion control and most importantly we practice self-control. Too many diets - too much stress. If being overweight doesn't kill you, the stress worrying about what you're eating will! This makes enjoying the holidays and every day, much easier. I am much happier being off the diet roller coaster and taking charge of my life and what I eat. I say holidays? Bring 'em!
Nov. 21, 2010 3:29 pm
I'm with you Mary- I work hard at portion control and exercise, but the yummy goodies all over this time of year are so hard to avoid! I also find great pleasure in finding low fat/low calorie substitutes that are still healthy and taste good :) Love using Greek Yogurt!!
Nov. 22, 2010 7:13 am
I love the fat free greek yogurt too; it makes a great substitute! However, by stressing out about the holidays and the ensuing food onslaught, you are giving food the power in your life. Don't do it! I lost 65 pounds a few years ago and now I look at food that is something to be enjoyed, not feared. Just remember that you are in control but don't beat yourself up if you go a little overboard.
Nov. 22, 2010 9:30 am
I agree 110% with you, but I don't sub the stuff I love. Everything in moderation works well and often at the family gatherings there is a poor neglected puppy that would love a walk after dinner-take him and make a friend:)
Nov. 22, 2010 8:08 pm
I totally agree with you about stressing over the holidays. I keep telling myself moderation is key. I have lost 45 pounds this year and I did it 90% by exercsing (walking every day) not by changing my eating patterns. I plan on investing in a treadmill over the next few weeks so I can sub that when it is too cold to walk (even in Dallas it is at freezing temp in the mornings many days). Happy holidays.
Nov. 30, 2010 10:30 pm
It all works if you work it! Doesn't matter if it's moderation, substitution or exercise. I've lost 80 lbs over a year and a half, and used all 3. What I found amazing was that before I wasn't even eating close to the suggested serving size, what I thought was 1 Tbls was more like 3 and now I use more reduced fat products than ever. I was raised on whole milk and now I've made to 1%! And walking the dog is the best!
Nov. 30, 2010 11:22 pm
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Dec. 1, 2010 2:23 am
i am following the biggest loser recipes and the main rule is eat what you like but in smaller portions and a 30 minute a day exercise routine i have so far lost 50 kilos
Dec. 1, 2010 2:58 pm
Actually a good tip during this time is to remember there is a whole OTHER category of mouth-watering food which tends to disappear from sight & mind at Christmas - like scallops with fried shredded seaweed on the side, gambas a la plancha ( olive oil, shrimp grilled or fried with LOTS of garlic - divine) and delicious spicy palette-clearing salads like orange and watercress (mix together, put in fridge for an hour, then toss with olive oil or eat plain with just the juice of the oranges) -taramasalata etc, which in fact I end up craving. And these foods are just the ticket to refresh you and wake you up! So go online and stock up on a few recipes you'd really love to eat beforehand...
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