Smart Eating Strategies
If you are concerned about navigating the holidays, while maintaining your health and wellness goals, you are not alone. Gaining weight during the holidays is a concern most of us share, since many of the occasions from October through December encourage overeating, sedentary behavior, and consumption of calorie-rich foods.
That said, holiday weight gain is not inevitable when you make a plan.
Stay connected with your coach. Together we will navigate the most edible time of year without sabotaging our journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Make a plan
Maintain Don’t Gain
The best way to keep your weight in check during “The Most Edible Time of the Year” is to make a plan for yourself, and vow to stick with it. Think of it as a pre-season gift to yourself. You are a wonderful person and you deserve to be at the weight that makes you feel great. Meet with your coach and stay connected with our community. Together we can do this!
Enjoy the parties
Navigating Holiday Gatherings
Learn how to eat at holiday parties to avoid sabotaging all your hard work and still have fun!
The holidays are a whirlwind of parties and happy hours. Every event may seem like an excuse to splurge, but the consequence just might be the worst kind of post-party affliction: a food hangover. Here’s guide to help you enjoy your favorite holiday foods without regret.
Prepare IP Recipes
Delicious IP-Friendly Recipes
Try something new! We’re sure our holiday recipes will delight everyone in your family, help you make the healthiest food choices, and avoid the worst offenders on the holiday table. What’s your favorite IP-friendly recipe?
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Nov. 11 – Make A Plan For Dieting During the Holidays: The Best Gift To Yourself
Nov. 18 – Beware of beverages!
It’s easy to forget that many holiday beverages are high in calories. Can you guess how many calories are in one 12 oz. glass of eggnog? About 340! It would take more than 2 hours of brisk walking to burn off those calories.
Another common holiday beverage to watch out for is hot chocolate made with whole milk (about 290 calories per 12 ounces). Instead opt for lighter alternatives, consider a skim latte (about 120 calories) or a small glass of white wine (about 80 calories). And stay hydrated throughout the day! Thirst is often mistaken for hunger — so stay hydrated with water and other low calorie beverages.
Nov. 25 – Use the Ideal Smart tools to track your wellness journey.
The free Ideal Protein app, which lets you message with your coach, journal on-the-go, and access dieter resources. SmartBand, which tracks your steps, calories burned, and more. SmartScale, which syncs with the Ideal Protein app to track your measurements.
Dec. 2 – Love Your Look
Treat yourself to an outfit. Make evenings out during the holidays about what you’re wearing. Seeing family and friends and feeling great in an outfit you picked out for the holidays is a great focus—not the food.
Dec. 9 – How to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays: Play, Reflect, and Be Merry
Dec. 16 – Made it thru Thanksgiving
Plan for setbacks. What’s Plan B?
Dec. 23 – Great Diet Tips for the Holidays
Dec. 30 – Hang with the talkers instead of the eaters at parties.
Eating is contagious and it is very easy to loose track of how many calories are in those little party appetizers.
If you are going to have something from the appetizer tray, opt for the vegetable crudite or a small portion of healthy chips with low fat dip. Another good appetizer option is cold shrimp with cocktail sauce. Choose no more than 2-3 small appetizers; put them on your plate and then walkaway from the table and engage in conversation. Stick with the talkers and not the eaters!