How to Enjoy the Holidays Guilt Free
Everyone seems to stress over food at the holidays. While food is a large part of the celebration, family should also be recognized as an integral part of the season. Learning to enjoy yourself without guilt is sometimes easier said than done. Allowing yourself to have a little fun and actually enjoy the foods you eat will give you a chance to reward yourself for all of the hard work you have put into losing weight.
Give Yourself a Free Pass
Give yourself a free pass to enjoy something you love at each meal. Giving yourself a gift is an ideal reward for all of the sacrifices you have made during your weight loss journey. Learn to enjoy your favorite foods in moderation. The holidays only come around once a year, so you don't have to worry about giving in to your cravings every week.
Increase Your Workout Time
When you know you are going to be faced with an abundance of dessert choices and only choosing one will be traumatizing, start putting in extra time on the treadmill or elliptical bike a week or two before the family gathering. Increasing your workout time will help you to burn calories more efficiently when you do splurge on an extra slice of your favorite pie.
Avoid Processed Foods and Go With Homemade
Avoid unnecessary calories by eating foods that have been made from scratch. Homemade foods normally have more nutrients and fewer calories per serving, depending on how they are made and what ingredients are used. Many people have just as much fun making homemade foods as they do eating them at the family gatherings.
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