Here we are again – the season of giving, which, in office life typically involves sweets. Whether it’s those vendors with their decadent gift baskets or co-workers plotting potlucks, when you’re trying to avoid holiday weight gain it can feel like all of the forces are against you. Here are a few ways to regain control and stay on Santa’s “Nice” list this holiday season.
Set A (Realistic) Goal
Don’t just say you will ban all sweets this year. Instead, set “SMART” goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. For example, if you’re watching your weight, you may set the goal of maintaining your current weight through the holiday season. Once you set a SMART goal, the next step is to set several mini-goals to get you on the right path. These may include items like only one sweet a day or taking a 15-minute walk daily.
Stay Fueled & Hydrated
We tend to make the worst decisions when we’re hungry or have not had enough water. Make sure you aren’t skipping meals and that you have snacks and water on-hand at all times so that you aren’t weak when those donuts make a surprise appearance.
Stay Firm, But Be Polite
Food pushers are the worst, but they’re no reason to cave on your goals. A firm “no, thank you” is usually enough, but if you have a particularly pushy co-worker this could be hard. There’s nothing wrong with standing your ground in the name of your health – if you don’t, who will?
Bring Festive Alternatives
Still want to get into the holiday spirit? Find a guilt-free recipe that will enable you to join in on the fun. Not only will it help you with those Scrooge accusations, you may just inspire your office mates to make their own healthy choices! Finally, find ways to focus on the experience rather than the food. It’s not the food that makes the holidays – it’s the people!