Happy Carb-Smart Holidays

Ready for some seasonal festivities? A little fun doesn’t have to mean that all your healthy low-carb eating habits go into hibernation. Whether you’re attending an office party or dinner with your in laws, these 10 tips should help you navigate the holidays at your healthy best!

1.    Pick the right time. Don’t embark on the Atkins Diet over the holidays. In addition to the obvious temptations, this is a busy and often stressful time. You want to have as much control as you can over external events in your first weeks on the program to ensure getting off to a good start. But once the festive season is over, don’t keep coming up with excuses to delay starting Atkins.

2.    Decide to hold. You may decide to maintain your weight, rather than continuing to lose for a few weeks. If you take this approach, still keep tabs on your weight, measurements and how your clothes fit to make sure you’re not overdoing it. Then return to your weight-loss program as soon as the holidays are over

3.    Eat before you go. If you’re going to be at a holiday event that could prove a minefield of problematic foods, have a substantial snack or even a meal before you arrive to temper your appetite. A handful of nuts or a pre-party Caramel Atkins Advantage Bar™ are two delicious, fiber-rich, carb-smart options. After all, if you’re already comfortably full, you’ll be far less likely to be tempted by cookies, pies and other sugary or starchy offerings.

4.    Eat your fill: Whether it’s roast turkey, braised goose, leg of lamb, poached salmon, ham or whatever your pleasure, holiday protein dishes are right up your low-carb alley.

5.    Take sides: Acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, green beans, red cabbage and other flavorful and nutrient-rich classic holiday side dishes will help you steer clear of empty carbs in other dishes like sweet potatoes with marshmallows and potato latkes.

6.    Create a carb deficit. If you know that you’ll just have to have a piece of Grandma’s pecan pie at Christmas dinner, cut back on your carb intake for a few days ahead to offset your indulgence.

7.    Be strategic. Advance planning is key to knowing your limits. Look at the various offerings on the buffet table—and make only one trip! Decide what you’re going to have and stick to it. If you do choose to eat a high-carb food, pick your poison. If you’re going to splurge with pasta salad, pass on the dessert.

8.    Remember the difference between hunger and habit. Eat only until you’re satisfied, but not stuffed,

9.    To your health—in moderation. Assuming that you’re in Ongoing Weight Loss or beyond, drink alcohol in moderation, both because your body burns it before carbs and fat and so as not to let down your inhibitions and eat inappropriate foods. Pass on any drinks that contain fruit juice or sugar. If you’re in Induction or haven’t reintroduced alcohol, simply have some fizzy water with a slice of lime.

10.    Be polite but firm. If your host or hostess pressures you to have just one piece of chocolate cake, politely say that you’re too full. Or, take a small taste, say it is delicious, and then claim that you’re so full you can’t eat any more. Don’t make a big deal of it and don’t mention anything about your diet.

With this advice under your belt, you’ll be able to welcome in the New Year with pride in your resolve. And isn’t that a whole not nicer than the remorse you may have felt in previous years?

Disclaimer: Nothing contained on this Site is intended to provide health care advice. Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or see your physician or other health care provider. Consult your physician or health care provider before beginning the Atkins Diet as you would any other weight loss or weight maintenance program. The weight loss phases of the Atkins Diet should not be used by persons on dialysis or by pregnant or nursing women.