Surviving the Fall
Have you ever wondered why the Autumn is called “Fall?” When I was a child, I was told that because it’s the time the leaves fall from the trees. Now that I am all grown up, I know better! Now I know that the reason we call Autumn “Fall” is because it is the time of the year when we are most likely to fall off the wagon if we are on a weight-loss journey.
It all begins in early September when the recipes for after-school snacks and lunchbox ideas come out, and you just have to try them all. Then come the tailgate and harvest parties as well as the Halloween candy; Then comes the big one! Thanksgiving day. After Thanksgiving, you decide there is no point in trying to keep up the eating well plan because you know that Christmas is coming and Hanukkah, as well as all the other winter festivals. So you end up deciding to try again after the New-year.
For me, this year is going to be different! I have implemented some rules and strategies that I hope will help me keep from gaining the “holiday 20.”
First, My daughter is all grown up so I passed up all those back-to-school recipes this year. As for the Halloween candy, I spent some time agonizing over which was my favorite and bought one bag of it and allowed myself only two per day during the month of October. I don’t go in for football parties, but if I happen to attend one, I only eat the things that are homemade and limit homemade sweets to five bites. Thanksgiving is going to be interesting. My family has agreed to the idea of scaling back the feast this year, so I asked them each to tell me what they want for a Thanksgiving side dish and dessert. I was surprised to learn that the things they want are not the most caloric items in our usual Thanksgiving menu, so we’re having more vegetable sides, fewer starches, and only two pies. We are well into November as I write this and I have only suffered a three-pound gain which I think is more due to missing a week of exercise when the whole family was sick with a cold. It is my heart-felt hope that I can survive the Fall, and I hope my strategies will help you survive it too.
What are some of your favorite holiday healthy eating strategies? We’d love to know. Please feel free to send them to support@BlindAlive.com .