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Holiday Encouragement Thread

Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 374 Member Member Posts: 374 Member
With Sukkot just past us, Canadian Thanksgiving tomorrow, and Halloween coming up, the round of cooler weather and food related holidays is just beginning. I'm starting this thread so we can support each other, share alternative holiday treat recipes, and just let each other know we're not alone. If there's enough interest I'll set up an actual community but I thought I'd start with this thread.


  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 374 Member Member Posts: 374 Member
    I'll start off: My personal plan is to have one or two days around each major holiday where I can indulge and stay mostly on plan at other times. If I want a treat on other days, it needs to fit in my calories. so that encourages portion control and also finding non calorie treats like exotic herbal teas. I am also including more seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as plenty of herbs and spices, so my healthy food tastes interesting and I don't mind eating it.

    What are your strategies for getting through this time of the year while still enjoying yourself?
  • 1poundatax1poundatax Member Posts: 124 Member Member Posts: 124 Member
    I like this idea. I am not worried about Halloween as I will not be home so I will not buy candy. Like most of us I don't know what Thanksgiving or Christmas will look like. I like your idea of a day or 2 to indulge and then food needs to fit within your plan. I tend to do a lot of cooking and I know that I will want to this year even if it is just the 2 of us. I know I need to be careful not to use cooking and eating as a means to comfort or distract myself. I think I will try to cut back a little more in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas so I have more of a calorie deficit. And I will remember what a former WW leader used to say- the holiday is a day not a month.
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 374 Member Member Posts: 374 Member
    That's a really good point how a holiday is a day not a month! Also I totally understand about having to adjust when a person is only celebrating with one other person, or even alone. I think even for my festive foods I'll probably be doing some healthy swaps - like using apple sauce instead of oil in my pumpkin bread and cutting back even more on the sugar, that kind of thing.
  • RunsWithBeesRunsWithBees Member Posts: 1,319 Member Member Posts: 1,319 Member
    I give myself permission to eat whatever I want on holidays but I make sure I add in some extra physical activity. I like to go on extra walks and hikes on holidays, it’s something fun to do with family/friends too! :)
  • JessBbodyJessBbody Member Posts: 402 Member Member Posts: 402 Member
    The days I plan on going hog wild are Thanksgiving and Christmas only. And by hog wild I mean eating what I want until I'm satisfied, not stuffing my face until I'm sick. I can have anything on the table, just a sensible portion.
    Halloween won't tempt me because I don't like cheap candy.

  • dhiammarathdhiammarath Member, Premium Posts: 829 Member Member, Premium Posts: 829 Member
    I stopped seeing holidays as “special permission” days. Instead, I treat them as I would any other day: if I overeat, I just log it and move on. There are rando weekends when I overindulge in something, too, and to me holidays aren’t different than that. Just days where I might indulge more than I would normally. Sometimes I do a little extra (like the one year when I did a 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Morning) but in general, I don’t really.

    YMMV, and my results are not going to be the same as yours or another person’s because we’re different. But it’s when I stopped seeing holidays as “special days needing special treatment” that they became less of a “thing” for me.

    Find what works for you, and stick with it! It’s okay, too, if it changes year over year. The best part about the journey is the self-discovery and finding out what works for you so that whatever you do is sustainable in the long term.

    Also, Fall through Winter is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love the flavors and coziness of this time of year. So never forget to *enjoy* life too!

    Gobble gobble, pumpkin pumkin, turkey! XD XD
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 374 Member Member Posts: 374 Member
    Interesting thoughts, Dhiammarath - your approach makes total sense. For me I think I like a psychological break from logging. I find though that after the holiday is over (1 or at most 2 days) I am kind of glad to get back to my normal routine. I also notice that my body feels better when I get back to it, so I use the day off as a way to remind me that I feel better when I eat healthy and in small portions. For myself, anyway, I otherwise tend to forget.

    So one thing I was thinking we could do is share tips and tricks for making holiday favorites lighter, or include more nutrition in them at least! Like using apple sauce instead of oil in baked goods, that kind of thing.
  • NovusDiesNovusDies Member, Premium Posts: 8,754 Member Member, Premium Posts: 8,754 Member
    I always log. On Thanksgiving I found a super generic entry "Wegmans Thanksgiving" that I believe is 710 calories per serving. I usually just put in the total number of calories I believe I have eaten. Usually it is anywhere from 2 to 3 servings.

    This is my compromise. I am not going to log every side item or worry about measuring on a holiday. It is not that important to get it 100 percent right. I do want a ballpark number though.

    I have 2 rules I never want to break while I am losing and my pact with myself for at least 5 years past:

    1) I "show up" each morning with a plan. It might be to try and move more that day and partially fill up on vegetables before I eat way too much food but it is a plan.

    2) Always log. That is my accountability and awareness system. Even if I am relaxed about how much I am eating if I know I intend to log an approximate I am keeping a certain amount of awareness on calories. Lack of awareness is one of the contributing causes to my gaining so much weight. I will take no breaks - not yet.
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 374 Member Member Posts: 374 Member
    That's a great thing, to have a plan for every day. And awareness is essential, I agree.
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 374 Member Member Posts: 374 Member
    So, I'm curious what strategies everyone has for Thanksgiving? Those who celebrate it, that is? Part of my strategy is to enjoy what I have but serve smaller portions in the first place, knowing that my stomach has shrunk enough that overeating too much will lead to discomfort. Then I'm going to eat slower, knowing that it will increase my enjoyment. And I'll get back to logging the very next day.

    We don't really do a lot of heavy desserts on thanksgiving anyway, so it will be a fairly high protein day - I intend to have lots of turkey. There will be stuffing and potatoes too as well as a couple of side dishes, but at least it will be low in refined sugar. And that's something, isn't it? LOL
  • MaxCat1000MaxCat1000 Member Posts: 15 Member Member Posts: 15 Member
    Smaller plates. In my friends' holiday dish set, they wind up using the dinner plates and the salad plates because they have so many people over. I try to remember to grab one of the smaller plates because the same amount of food on the bigger plate doesn't look like much! It really makes a difference for me, and if I get stuck with a larger plate I have to be very conscious of how much I am putting on it (and to spread it around so people don't say "is that all you're having?") I have done this at church pot lucks too - they have the biggest Chinette plates and I have to go get the regular size cheapo paper plates!
  • davemcv6730davemcv6730 Member Posts: 41 Member Member Posts: 41 Member
    I’m thinking:

    Tuna & wheat bread
    650kcal workout

    Less carbs (potatoes, biscuits etc.)
    More protein (meats)
    No dessert (don’t really go for them anyway)
    No beer (drink of choice will be multiples of - 50ml of vodka, with 50ml of cranberry light and 300ml water with ice in a large glass)

    Anyway thats the
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