Friends, Not Food

Terri’s View: With the holidays here and countless gatherings and get-togethers on the horizon, it is a difficult time to stay on track with our eating. There are so many treats and desserts just out for the taking at every event and special snacks being brought into the workplace. It is no wonder the average person gains 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years (I can do that in a weekend by the way) with all the temptations around us.

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Terri’s View: With the holidays here and countless gatherings and get-togethers on the horizon, it is a difficult time to stay on track with our eating. There are so many treats and desserts just out for the taking at every event and special snacks being brought into the workplace. It is no wonder the average person gains 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years (I can do that in a weekend by the way) with all the temptations around us.

What we need to remember is why we are at the event to begin with; it’s to see friends and family and to enjoy each other’s company. Try to plan ahead when going to events and not go hungry. Have a small snack so you are not walking in ravenous and drink a bottle of water before walking in as well. Scan the items and take the few you really want instead of just randomly putting everything in your mouth. Try to fill up on the veggie platter and mentally trick your brain into thinking that you have a full plate. When the desserts come out, pick a treat that you really want and grab a coffee or tea to keep in your hand to nurse while all the desserts are just sitting out waiting to be eaten.

Hopefully, you can get through the season without too much damage. The trick is to indulge but not let that snowball into the whole week. Get back on track immediately and into the routine as soon as possible. We need to remember the reason for the event is to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the holidays. Yes, it is about enjoying some good food as well, but remember, your focus should be on friends, not food.

Ed’s View: With the holidays in full swing, it becomes apparent that for people that like to eat, this can be one of the most difficult times of year. It seems that we go to a holiday party almost every other night. Our families get together with food to mark the celebration. We get together with friends and go out for drinks.

I look at it this way; this season is only once a year. It may be a stressful time to try to practice your lifestyle change, but remember one thing: visiting with friends and family is the main reason for the get-together – not to eat everything associated with the celebration.

While I still need to restrain myself, I do sometimes loose the battle. The funny thing is now that when I do overindulge, I don’t feel good the next day and it will snap me back on track. We are human and we will falter, but I have found that I want to continue on my lifestyle change and make sure that I don’t lose the war.

We need to find the excuse to get to the gym for our workout. We need that “me time” to keep in-touch with our habits that we have created. If you are like me now, I refuse to toss out all the sweat, soreness and new clothes I have bought.

Don’t stress out about the party and what you’re going to eat or how many desserts there are; think about the people you haven’t seen in a while and how many complements you get on your new look. You’ve made the choice to change your life; you’re stronger than you think, so enjoy this time of year and enjoy the choice of change.

Blog written by Ed and Terri Masak
Ed and Terri have been married for almost 20 years. Together, they made the commitment to get healthy for each other and their 2...