"You will be ahead of the game come January. EVERYONE is on a diet in January. Most have gained 5-10 lbs over the holiday season. You, on the other hand, will have lost 5-10 lbs." - Coach Nancy M
Holidays are always a challenging time even for the strongest-willed among us: parties with sumptuous feasts, market aisles lined with sugary things screaming at us to buy them, and cold days that seem to say, 'you deserve a treat'.
While on Ideal Protein, the holidays can be some of the most challenging but ALSO the most rewarding. Remember, Ideal Protein is meant to be not just a quick fix, but a change in lifestyle. Phase One is admittedly more strict that normal life will one day be, and if you are on Phase One during the holidays, the struggle is real. But if you are able to stick with it through this one gauntlet holiday season, you will have victory over the toughest dieter challenge, and be even more able to overcome the other obstacles life will launch.
We all need a little extra motivation to stay healthy during the holidays, and while on IP it's even more critical! Some of our incredible coaches here at Ideal Healthy Weight Loss have given us their favorite holiday diet tips and encouragements. If you're already stressing about how to beat the holiday cravings, read on, and leave your own tips/encouragement in the comments! Also, be sure to sign up for one of Coach Carole's Holiday Workshops!
COACH: NANCY M
1. This is the ONLY holiday season you will not be eating all your favorites. Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah will come again next year.
2. Turkey and veggies are great on IP. If you're hosting, then you can make anything you can eat. If you are going somewhere, bring a veggie dish that you can eat. If you are going somewhere unknown, make sure you don't go hungry. Have an IP product before you go. Pack an extra IP product OR two in your bag in the event the meal isn't when you thought it would be and you get hungry. A little extra protein won't hurt you.
3. The morning of a holiday, have your veggies with breakfast. Maybe add them to an omelet. Adding veggies in the morning will help you feel fuller and if you are on the road for lunch, you've had at least your first 2 cups of veggies. My favorites in an omelet are diced zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus or spinach. Alternatively, add a cup (or two) of spinach to a smoothie using a drink - chocolate drink or mango smoothie e.g. The color looks awful but you can't taste the veggies and it's very good.
4. Be prepared. Expect deviations in schedule. DON'T go hungry. Eat before you go. Load up on veggies.
5. Sparkling seltzer flavors can be festive. Add a lime or lemon in a wine glass and no one is the wiser that you aren't imbibing like everyone else.
6. You will be ahead of the game come January. EVERYONE is on a diet in January. Most have gained 5-10 lbs over the holiday season. You, on the other hand, will have lost 5-10 lbs.
7. Don't take even ONE bite. Most food addicts can't stop at one bite. Sugar is addictive. You can never get enough. Don't even take that first bite. You will feel so empowered over your body and so in control and no remorse when you wake up the next morning. You will be so proud of yourself (and your coach will be proud of you too!)
COACH: JACKIE F.
"If you are hosting the meal, remember that you are in control. Have lots of " unadulterated " vegetables available for you and your guests. I think most everyone can appreciate the flavor of a lightly steamed, or the sweetness of an oven roasted vegetable. "
"If you are a guest, make sure to bring a dish that you can eat, but bring plenty as you may have to share :)"
COACH: LUBA J
• Never go anywhere being hungry!
• Have your meal before you leave, or in the car on the way over (a crispy square or a bar is always a good and delicious option!)
• While everyone is drinking alcohol, have seltzer with lemon/lime or sprinkle some mangosteen in it.
COACH: CHRIS W
"When I was a client I was in Phase 1 during the holidays and stayed on protocol. My best recommendations to dieters:
• Going to a party - offer to bring a veggie tray. Fill it with all of YOUR favorites from the Phase 1 sheet.
• Family Gatherings - if you host, you are in control and can make sure you make items you can eat. If you are a guest, dive in and help the host in the kitchen and the clean up...it keeps you busy and away from the food!
• Leftovers - limit what is left at your house by packaging it up and sending it home with your guests."