Hello again. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Are weekends as hard for you as they are for me when it comes to keeping on track? You are out of your normal routine and with all the hustle and bustle around the holidays it is even more difficult.

Here are a few things I learned this week:

Group people in santa hat at Xmas business party.I went to a party for one of my networking groups on Wednesday night. There was all carbs on the snack table – dips with chips, soft pretzels, pizza, potato wedges. I tried to be selective but it was hard. I later found out that I could have asked the server to bring out a plate of celery and carrots for the dips. All I had to do was ASK.

So many times we assume there are no alternatives when there are – if you just ASK.

I did not sleep well that night because of the carb overdose. The next day I did my lemon water and had an egg omelet with lots of veggies. That seemed to snap me out of the lethargic mood.

The moral of the story is – Don’t beat yourself up. After all, it is the holidays. At the same time, don’t make a one night blunder turn into a weeklong carb binge.  Have a plan to get back on track (more on food plans in a future post.)

The next thing I learned was to reward yourself. There are certain foods that I love that are also good for you. Last night I went to dinner with my parents. I haven’t had prime rib in ages and decided it was time for a treat. I asked the server to bring a to-go box when he brought the meal. I immediately put ½ of the meat in the to-go box for a treat the next day. This way I wouldn’t keep eating too much of a good thing.

Thank you Pat for the comment about good protein choices. I never thought about adding onion soup mix to yogurt for a dip. Make sure you are using low-fat Greek yogurt. Check out her comment for more ideas.

Sheila and I hope that these little tips will help you to make it though the holidays and stay healthy at the same time. Please use the comment area below to post your holiday survival tips.

Until next time ….

Sue White