Survive the Holidays! Ten tips and strategies from Advice Guru Liz Pryor on EncinoMom.tv
Stay skinny this holiday season with these strategies and tips from Advice Guru, Liz Pryor and your host, Lisa Keating. (Click here to view video.) We caught up with Liz at the River Rock Lounge in Studio City for a meeting of the minds on how to sail through the holiday season without dragging 10 additional pounds into the new year! Watch the video below to enjoy Liz’s tips.
Here are my top 10 tips for your to consideration:
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Simple, yes, even obvious, but we often hold our breath when we get stressed. Deeply inhale, think – I love the Universe (God, My Family, etc.) and exhale slowly, think – the Universe (God, My Family, etc.) loves me.
Another simple one. Everyone, literally, everyone – looks better when they smile. You can even do this one while you’re doing the the first one. Feel your feelings. Let the small stuff fall away. Feel like laughing – even better!
3. It’s not about the food.
Seriously. Yes, there may be lots of tempting treats calling your name from every available horizontal surface, but that’s really not why you’re there. Make yourself a small plate with the best choices you can muster and move away from the food. It’s rude to hover over the dip anyway! Make it a goal to leave food on your plate, then toss it in the trash, take it to the kitchen or give to the waiter as soon as you can. Think of it as a hot potato, pass it and move on.
4. Decide in advance to focus on conversations.
As many “holiday only” foods are around, many “holiday only” people are around, too. Focus on them. We tend to take for granted that our loved ones and dear friends will be with us forever, but it simply isn’t so. Take this time to really listen to that crazy story your favorite Aunt tells or really look into the eyes of your child, your Dad, your boss or your best friend. This day, this moment, this time will never come again. Remember, these ARE the good old days, enjoy them.
5. Bring an ally.
If you are bringing something for a buffet or pot luck, consider your personal resolve first, and bring a dish that will be delish AND figure flattering. You can do it! (Link to some recipes coming – please check back.)
6. Use the sandwich technique.
When it comes to alcohol – and beverages in general – you can end up consuming more than you bargained for. Try the sandwich technique: have a glass of water (sparkling or flat with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime garnish) before and after any other beverages you consume. You’ll save yourself from a lot of sneaky extra calories and may even avoid wearing a lampshade on your head with one foot planted firmly in your mouth. (Of course, we love you anyway.)
Ask the host or hostess how you can help. Having a task can take the edge off any nerves you may feel about mingling with strangers, or running into your not-so-favorite-person that’s also on the guest list.
You can’t eat when your mouth is full of music.
Not a good dancer? Treat yourself to some lessons or try taking a walk instead. Find a way to get some movement into your celebration schedule, before, during or after the party.
Yes, eat! Don’t go to a party ravenous. Have something before you go. It’s a great time of year for apples, pears, walnuts, and pomegranates. Throw a little snack baggie into your purse or car. Try granola or dried fruit, sunflower seeds, nuts, something nutritious that you LIKE and that doesn’t need refrigeration will fill the bill. And while your at it, make sure you stay hydrated! A bottle of water and a few almonds have saved me more than once.
What strategies do you use to maintain your waistline through a hectic holiday season? Do you wait until January and attack the new year with vigor? If you have a something that works for you, please share! We can’t wait to hear from you.
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