Between school parties, office parties, neighborhood parties and family parties, avoiding food this time of year is impossible. Before you know it, the Festive 5 sneaks in, permeating your hips, belly and energy level.
The holidays have become our "carte blanche" to overeat with the assurance that come January, we are exonerated. Unfortunately, I think we can all agree that great intentions starting Jan. 1 come to a screeching halt by mid-February. The gym is no longer fun and the power of our favorite foods leaves us weak in the knees.
In my latest book, Nicki Anderson's Single-Step Weight Loss Solution, I offer some tips to keep weight gain at bay. Whether it's the holidays, a birthday or simply a challenging time, these tips are designed to help you stay on track and feel great about yourself and your healthy living decisions.
As hard as it is to believe, not all of us were meant to be 5-foot-9 and weigh 130 pounds.
Forty-eight-year-old Naperville mom of four Nicki Anderson has
seen hundreds of women set their sights on the "perfect" size, only
to fail again and again.
Rather than trotting out yet another diet book, Anderson poured her lifetime of knowledge into what could be considered a tool kit for healthy living-her new book, Nicki Anderson's Single-Step Weight Loss Solution: 101 No-Nonsense Tips for Healthy Living, Weight Loss and a Diet-Free Life ($19.95, Healthy Learning).
"When it comes to weight loss, everybody knows how to lose weight, and that is they just stop eating. They have forgotten how to make healthy choices and changes on their own. Basically this tool kit provides them with the tools necessary to not only make good choices but to be able to implement them in a way that makes sense for their lifestyle."
She preaches taking things one day at a time, making choices today that make you healthier than you were yesterday, not what size you'll be in six months.
She says she wrote the book for the people who always feel like
compulsive failures. "The hope with this book is that it gives
people hope," she says. "My hope is to really give them the
opportunity to believe in themselves again, that they can make
great choices and they can be healthy."
Healthy living is not about perfection, it's more about making healthy changes that make sense for you and your lifestyle.
The best way to avoid this fate is to either plan ahead or avoid situations that trigger the behavior. For example, alcohol is a big trigger for snacking. So if you're going to a party or to dinner, always have a glass of water before ordering any alcoholic beverage. Keep alcohol and water 1-to-1. Food choices at parties are rarely health based so bring a couple of your own heart-healthy snacks to nibble on. Never "save up" your calories for a dinner party because you'll end up eating twice as much. Remember the 4 P's: Prior Planning Prevents Pigging-out!