It is time for New Year’s Eve and maybe you have been losing weight or you are just getting ready for the New Year. Every holiday presents itself with its own set of circumstances that need to be navigated and New Year’s Eve is no exception.
If you are going to have alcohol, sparkling wine or champagne is your best bet and it goes well with the evening. Remember that a little alcohol goes a long way when you are losing weight, so always be responsible and have a cab service or person who has decided to not drink or even better have your libations at home!
Don’t forget to eat during the evening. Here are some idea’s from my recent book TimerDiet.
Goat cheese and crackers
Cheddar cheese and crackers
Remember to have water throughout the night as well. Feel free to have sparkling water with a twist of lime, after it’s New Year’s Eve!!
New Year’s is the time that we begin to look at the things we want to acheive and goals we want to make for the New Year to come. The best goals are well defined, and have various benchmarks along the way. In my book TimerDiet, I go through all of the things that you will want to do to get yourself ready, if weight-loss is your goal, so that you have the best chance for lasting success. Lasting success is key, since it is very possible to reach your goal and yet not maintain, and that can be worse than never starting in the first place.
You will want to get my book, so you will have the details. My recent blog “The New Year!” gives you a great idea as to what all is needed to get you started on your weight loss goals.
Remember, you do NOT have to start your weight-loss journey on New Year’s Day! In fact New Year’s Day, is probably the worst day to start your weight-loss journey, (unless you are known for acheiving all of your resolutions, in years past.) Being prepared for your weight loss journey is more important than the day that you start. So take the time to prepare yourself, so you know that you are going to not only start your journey; you are going to complete your journey!
I want to take a break from the Holiday’s for a moment and remind you that there are a lot of things to do before you start your weight loss journey…if you are planning on losing weight during the new year you will want to read everything you can so that when the time is right to start your journey you will be ready. Being prepared can make the difference between success and unfortunately another disappointment. So enjoy the Holiday’s now and prepare yourself for the New Year!
Chapter 4 Before you Start, has a lot of detailed information on these subjects that you will want to make sure you have read before you venture into your weight loss journey. Be sure you have thoroughly read Chapters 1 through 4 prior to even thinking about losing weight. It will make a difference!
Go through your closet and kitchen
Make your menus based on the time needed to prepare
Look up your favorite restaurants and pick out your best choices before you go
Make your long term and short term goals
Decide on your rules
Decide how you are going to track your progress
Decide how much time you are going to workout each day
And last but not least in Chapter 1–The Rules and Other Medical Stuff–GET your physical and your bloodwork taken and in your hands–know where you are starting!!
These tips are inspired by my recently published book Timer™DIET.
• Enjoy the Holidays and don’t assume you will gain weight!!
• Calculate your comfort weight (even if you haven’t been doing the Timer™DIET program yet, you can do calculate it very easily)
Weigh yourself in the morning after voiding your bladder with the amount of clothes you normally go to bed in. You should be weighing yourself within about 5 or less minutes of waking up every morning.
Your comfort (for now during the holidays) will be one pound below what you weighed and two pounds below, use rounded numbers. So for example you weighed yourself in the morning and you were 154.8 your comfort weight would be 154-156, your OMG weight would be 157-158 and your yikes weight would be 159, and last but not least, your Never Again, weight would be 160.
Knowing your comfort weight will keep you on track and let you know how you are doing each day. You can gain a lot of week in one week without even realizing it…so check your weight every morning.
• Eat smaller amounts of food, but eat more often, approximately every 2-4 hours. Try not to let more than 4 hours go by without eating—if you aren’t asleep, of course!
• Be sure to include dietary fat, protein, and carbohydrates every time you eat and when you drink, especially alcohol.
• Decide what you want to partake in before it is an issue.
Maybe you have client baskets that come in; decide if you want to eat some chocolate squares, but not the cookies…it is all about making choices ahead of time and balancing your choices with the necessary nutrients.
So let’s say you decide to have a cookie; you will need to eat some lean protein around the time that you eat the cookie.
If you don’t really like something don’t feel obligated to eat it just because someone brought it in. Have some handy excuses ready…”I haven’t gotten over there yet”, “I would love to, but I just ate”, “maybe a little later, I can’t right now”. Whatever you do avoid saying that you can’t because you are on a diet…that will not make you feel good, and they will fire back with why it’s the holidays and you should indulge!!
• Do some activity every day! During the holidays we are running around shopping and doing lots of different errands, so this should not be hard to do. But, be sure you get some sustained activity with motion for at least 20 minutes a day and some weight resistance 10 minutes a day.
Holiday Tips For
Evening Dinner including Appetizers, Dessert, and Alcohol
• Be sure to eat breakfast with dietary fat, protein, and carbohydrates
• Plan out your meals during the day so that you eat a moderate sized meal about two hours prior to the party beginning.
• When drinking alcohol, be sure to eat appetizers that have dietary fat and protein in them. Alternate sipping on water with your alcohol and keep it to two drinks maximum throughout the evening that are simple without mixers; like Champagne or wine. Have sparkling water with a twist of lime, if you would like to avoid the alcohol altogether.
(Also, remember especially when you are in weight loss mode, alcohol may affect you faster than usual, so be prepared to take a cab—have an app already set on your phone so that you can ask for a cab you know and trust in your area using the GPS on your phone, and they will already have your credit card information on file!! Or have a designated driver.)
• Pace yourself through the meal
Have some of the salad without the croutons
Choose an entrée that is high in protein like fish, chicken, steak or lamb. Avoid breaded, crusted, or fried foods for your entrée
Simple vegetables with butter but no sauces
Have some of the dessert if it is something that you truly want
• At the end of the evening before you go to bed, do not hesitate to have a couple of cheese and crackers, it can easily have been 3-4 hours since you last ate.
So I was recently asked about dating while dieting and if I had any advice. I actually do!! First of all guys hate it when we are dieting, since most diets mean that you can’t go out to eat except for the most healthiest of places and have a salad, no dressing. And of course you must drink only water and no alcohol. Plus we as women don’t like to see our dates eat and drink whatever they want while we are trying so hard to be “good”.
So forget about all that you have ever thought about dieting and dating and let’s start from scratch.
Let’s assume that you have done everything in Chapters 1 through Chapter 4 of Timer™DIET and you are now ready for Chapter 5—How to Do It! You have a first date and you are nervous since you have no idea where you are going and you want to make a great impression, without losing sight of your weight-loss goals. Do not fret, you will make it through just fine and your date will be none-the-wiser.
1. Eat breakfast just like any other morning. Include something with eggs (if that is your protein and dietary fat of choice)
2. Back into the time that you are going to eat dinner and make sure that you eat about every 2-4 hours throughout the day and a small amount of cheese between 1-1½ hours prior to your dinner time. Remember if you have dinner plans for 7 pm you probably won’t eat until much later.
3. If you are going to have a drink before dinner, be sure to have some food that has dietary fat and protein, like bacon wrapped scallops, shrimp cocktail, or even oysters.
4. Sip water in between your drink. Your best choice for an alcohol drink is a glass of wine or champagne, or sparkling wine. Avoid mixers if you prefer spirits.
5. NEVER tell your date you are losing weight, especially if it is a first date. You don’t need the added pressure on a first date and your weight should not be a topic of discussion. Be confident in your weight as it is right here and now!
6. If you have a salad, avoid the croutons and dried fruit and enjoy the rest of the salad (there is no need to eat the entire salad.) Having cheese and nuts are fine!
7. When choosing an entrée—think leftovers. If you know you will be able to go home with your leftovers after the date then you have a lot of options available to you. But, if not, say you are going to the movies afterward, you may want to order something smaller than an entrée. If you have been dating for a while perhaps sharing something might be an option. The most important thing is to not feel pressured either internally or externally to eat the entire entrée if you have other plans after dinner.
8. What you choose should be simple, either poultry, fish, or beef and either grilled, baked, broiled, blackened or sautéed. Avoid breaded, crusted, and fried.
9. If given the choice of a side, go for the green vegetable without sauce.
10. If the two of you want dessert, feel free to have a few bites.
Have fun and enjoy your date knowing you are being true to yourself and eating well.
So I have been asked many times over the last few days, “What did you make for Thanksgiving?”, so here it is. I need to preface this menu by saying that my sister requested a dairy-free, gluten-free and turkey-free Thanksgiving dinner. I decided I was up for the challenge (and it was a challenge):
Sweet Potatoes with brown sugar (dairy-free butter on my sister’s and regular butter on everyone else’s)
Gluten-free dressing box from Williams Sonoma–tasted great! More homemade than I have ever done!
Green beans Steamed with bacon and bacon grease for flavor
Fruit salad with Strawberries, pineapple, marachino cherries, grapes, mandarin oranges, apples, walnuts — on my sisters she had dairy free coconut yougurt (she said was amazing) and sour cream on everyone else’s
Homemade cranberry sauce with a tablespoon of brown sugar added to the recipe (this was so easy to make and tasted so amazing, I can’t believe I waited so long to try making it–I can’t wait to make it again for Christmas!!)
For dessert I made homemade (canned pumpkin and crust that rolls out) Pumpkin Pie with homemade whip cream from heavy whipping cream (nothing added)
We had an amazing dinner and everything turned out great!!