Spirit Grooves

Handling Holiday *Clean Eating* Missteps

By on October 1, 2012

And so it begins….

The Holiday Season.

Scary.

Deadly.

Delicious.

An “all or nothing” mentality is deadly this season. Mistakes might be made. They can NOT dictate the course of the rest of any day. Get your bearings and get back on track. Here are some ideas for getting back on track.

Mistake: Eating a candy (bar, corn or other). What if you eat a whole bag, you may ask. Well, you can’t eat a whole bag without eating the first one. Do something about it then. Have ideas in mind for this very moment, the moment before you take the next bite into oblivion.

Remedy: drink 16-24 oz of water immediately. Just do it. Don’t think about it.

Remedy: eat good quality protein a.s.a.p.

Remedy: do at least 20 minutes of exercise, even if it’s running in place. (dancing around, etc…)

Mistake: Buying a bag of some kind of Halloween candy.

Remedy: give it away!!!!

Remedy: lock it up in the trunk of your car until you can give it away!

Remedy: take it to an old age home and give it away! (I can’t bring myself to suggest giving it to children.)

Remedy: Throw it away!! No regrets. The money is negligible. It’s trash if you eat it or not. It does not feed your body, therefore it’s “waste” from the first bite.

Mistake: Going to a holiday party hungry. (Really the same as letting yourself get overly hungry any time… it makes it too hard to resist the instant brain fuel that is pure sugar.)

Remedy: Plan ahead and don’t leave your house without an acceptable form of nutrition. At the moment I’m liking Lara bars and the Shaklee Cinch bars. I’m not a bar fan, but these seem good enough and are easy to keep in the purse.

Remedy: Eat regular meals. Eat fat and protein and carbs and make sure to be well fed before you go to a party. Slow burning fuels.

Remedy: McGyver it! Look around the party. You can probably put together a nearly healthy plate no matter what. Mix and match, dump the crusts, whatever you have to do to diffuse the bomb!!

Remedy: Water!! Drink it and then keep on drinking it. Keep it with you at all times. At a party, keep your glass or paper cup full of it. Yeah for water!!

This is how I’m starting the month. Trying to be prepared and focused. I’ve already been sorely tempted. I almost talked myself into letting it be okay to have just a little candy. Not possible for me. Not yet. No such thing as an off switch for those little devils. Even after they start to taste like the strange polymer that they are… Get thee behind me, Candy Corn!

Who else is avoiding candy all together? Who can manage to eat it in moderation? When is the first party?

I really want to support anyone else who feels the “weight” of the holidays and the threat to their diet. For myself, I believe this month can make me or break me for the rest of the year.

I’m in a good place so I’m excited for the challenge!

Comments

  1. Munchberry
    October 1, 2012

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    Oooh good reminders and solutions. I shuttered when I read “dumpthe crusts”! That would be harder for me than not eating a candy. I have trouble at parties because I tell myself a) nobody is looking so now is my chance to eat! b) the calories don’t count and if I am at a party how does one party without enjoying the food?

    I went to a little get together the other day and in lieu of eating goodies galore I sat by the almonds (the only healthy thing) and ate about a half cup of them. Later the hostess said “what are the nuts doing behind the flower arrangement?” I had to hide them from myself to keep from eating the entire bowl. Weak!

    First real party is Oct. 14. Then it is wall to wall “fun times”. Funny thing – I used to hate these things because it meant people had to see me fat or I was upset because I did not have anything cute to wear because I was too heavy. NOW I get grumbly about going because there will be temptation and I am a hopeless cake or cheese torte whore.

    • treepeters
      October 6, 2012

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      you are so much more social than we are!!
      I’ve gone the opposite way at parties and eaten so much “good food” that I would have been better off having a bit of hte thing I really wanted.
      If I were you (or closer to where I want to be) I think I’d try to prepare by doing extra cardio and paying ahead for those extra calories. Then drink lots of water during the party and eat some of the holiday delights.
      Right now I can’t stop myself. If I eat a piece of candy I’m going off the rails completely.
      Maybe you should go as a “Cheese Torte Whore” for halloween. Mr. Munch could be your pimp. Pimp Daddy Cheese!

  2. Ellen
    October 1, 2012

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    I really like this line: It’s trash if you eat it or not. It does not feed your body, therefore it’s “waste” from the first bite.

    I never really thought about it like that before – not under these terms, but you are completely right.

    Normally I host a Halloween party and was supposed to this year but obviously am not up for it because it’s more than I can physically handle right now, so I’m in the clear as far as over indulging. My big hurdle is AFTER Halloween when all of the good candy goes on sale. That’s when the frugal part of me wants to stash it all in my freezer!

    • treepeters
      October 6, 2012

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      oh yes! And now I try to remember my own words. It’s not food. That’s what I tell Em. Honey, that’s not food. There is no nutrition in it. It will hurt your your body. Blah blah blah…
      and blah…

  3. Cammy@TippyToeDiet
    October 1, 2012

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    Uh-oh, I’m your opposite in this regard. I actually look forward to the indulgences of the holidays. :)

    BUT I do continue to follow my regular healthier eating ways and get in my exercise. It’s harder to do too much over-indulging when I’m not hungry. (Not that I haven’t tried. :))

    • treepeters
      October 6, 2012

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      I truly believe that’s the way to do it, Cammy. I aspire to be you in this too.

  4. jan
    October 2, 2012

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    Good tips! I totally inhale junk at the holidays, I’ll admit. I usually just eat less the day after and/or exercise more.

    • treepeters
      October 6, 2012

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      that’s the way. exercise more. When I’m healthier and I can feel the funk more I do less. When I’ve got chocolate running through my veins, I have no control.

  5. Stephen
    October 5, 2012

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    Sounds good! I’m in. So much better when we don’t actually HAVE the things in the house!

    • treepeters
      October 6, 2012

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      thanks honey! yeah, the only way for me is to have none in the house.

  6. Hinata
    October 8, 2012

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    Nice to see you blogging again!

    Ahhh, Halloween candy – so small in the bag, so big on the waist! I no longer buy it – I won’t give it to kids. I don’t want to be part of the problem of epidemic childhood obesity in this country, I want to be part of the healthy solution. Last year I gave out jump ropes, and this year I am giving out bubbles. There are alternatives to candy out there, so if keeping it in your house causes you problems, consider going with something non-food related. It’s win-win all around – win for you, and win for the kids!

    As for snacking on junk food/candy, I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I can have a bite of it if I want, and that suffices, but I usually pass. It’s not worth sabotaging my fitness plan for that candy, cake, ice cream, etc. Strength training has really helped focus my eating habits – if I am going to make my weight lifting goals, I have to eat well or I cannot perform well. Perhaps having a tangible goal outside of “weight loss” might help you too? At the end of the day, I’d rather be able to lift like a boss than eat poorly and this keeps me motivated.

    I remind myself that can have candy, or I can have this:
    http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu282/Sunagakurexx/hsclean1.jpg

    • treepeters
      October 8, 2012

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      Yeah, SUCH a Great Photo!!!! I love it. Can I use it for a post? You are such an inspiration to me. So much so that I won’t even succumb to kicking myself for not being with you where you are. That’s part of what YOU taught me.
      I love the idea of giving out bubbles!!!
      xoxoxoxo
      Are you blogging? I need to go back and watch your you tubes again. I wish I’d remembered while I’ve been sick and couldn’t sleep….

  7. Hinata
    October 8, 2012

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    You are free to use the photo as much as you want! I am just learning the hang squat clean and am moving into the Olympic Lifts. It’s a really exciting time for me. You know, I still have 30 or so pounds of fat to lose, but being strong is just such an incredible feeling. And you’ll be with me one day, so no worries – each to their own, and at their own pace. As for my blog, I am currently redoing it, but I’ll let you know when its revised! :D *hugs* Take care of yourself and know you can do this, and that you are worth so much more than a number on a scale could ever reflect :)

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