November 5, 2013

Did You Survive?

Were you able to stay with your good eating habits during Halloween or were you tempted by all of the tempting candy?  The holidays we have toward the end of the year are extremely hard on us bariatics because it really tests our ability to say "no".  The whole end of the year is centered around food and toys and it's hard to overstep the two without consequence.  If you can get through the holidays unscathed, you are destined to stay on plan and cruise toward your goal.  If you are like me and need a little extra help, keep reading.

For Halloween, I chose not to hand out treats to the kids because I didn't want to tempt myself.  It is so easy to say those little candy bars aren't a lot of candy, but then if you eat one, you'll eat two, and then you're in real trouble.  I also limited the number of snacks that my son was able to consume after the neighborhood fall festival and trick or treating.  It was the first time that I'd taken him, and we walked all through the neighborhood to get the the kids' festival and then after that we went trick or treating.  We got to the 5th house, and he was ready to leave.  Poor thing was pooped and I wasn't mad at all!

From there, I allowed him to pick out a few treats to take to school, and the next day, his bag magically disappeared.  I kept him pretty busy so really didn't miss it.  This helped me not to give in to the feeling that I had to have chocolate.  Out of sight, out of mind!

I have the "sleeve" so there aren't many things that I cannot eat, but I don't want to eat too much or have the weight gain that can be attributed to Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  I have learned that although the holidays can be daunting, I can avoid feeling deprived by following some simple guidelines.

1.  I scan the room for foods that I want or like.
2.  I fix my own plate.  I don't allow anyone to pile anything on my plate.
3.  I choose my protein first and foremost!   I always choose lean cuts of Turkey, Beef, or Pork, and then I have no more than 1 ounce. (that would typically end up being about 1 slice of turkey or whatever I am having).  Remembering to fill up on protein helps you get in your daily allowance of protein and keeps you from overeating.
4.  I have a few crunchy veggies like carrots or cucumbers and a slice of tomato.
5.  Next, I have about a 1 tbsp of each of the side dishes I like, such as collard greens, brussell sprouts, and maybe some dressing.  I don't have any more than that and I don't pile my plate up high.  I don't have the "dumping" issues so I can do some carbs.  I just chose to not overdo it.
6.  Once I have my plate, I make sure that I take small bites.  It's too important to make sure you chew your food well. Chewing your food well also helps you to better gauge the time when you begin to feel full so you can stop and avoid the hiccups, or the foaming in your throat.  Being uncomfortable is no fun during dinner friends or family .
7.  I also make sure I am participating in conversation, and placing my fork down between bites.  This helps so much with signaling your brain that you are full.
8.  Lastly, if I decide to have dessert, I take a small piece to go.  I don't want to miss a little something sweet, so I make sure it's small and that I don't combine it with anything else.

If you feel that you can't control yourself during a dinner like this or that you are missing something, have a small snack like an apple or a small yogurt 30-45 minutes before eating, that way you'll feel satisfied without overdoing the goodies.  I hope you find these tips helpful and will use them in your arsenal.  Remember to leave me some feedback below and share some of your own tips.



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