The Holidays Do Not Have to Be a Diet Disaster for Your Low Carb Lifestyle
If you have been following a low carb lifestyle for some time and have seen the pounds come off, well done. Congratulations on your success, and keep up the good work. If you are worried about the holidays coming up, it is even more important to stick to your guns and not give in to the seasonal temptations that surround us at the end of every year from harvest time until New Year’s.
In America, food is all around us, fast, convenient, in large portions, and often loaded with carbohydrates. Pizza, pasta, fries, bread, cakes and candy are on almost every corner and rows and rows of them in our supermarkets, both fresh and frozen. This fast food culture has spread around the world, bringing the overweight/obesity problem with it.
During the holidays, food becomes even more important, taking center stage at many festive celebrations, from Halloween and Thanksgiving to Christmas. The holidays are a time of caring and sharing, meaning parties and other gatherings. It also means people bringing in candy, cake, cookies and other high carb treats to share.
Carbohydrates can be very addictive. Just think of the kinds of foods you crave as the cold weather sets in, or you are stressed or upset about something. Chances are it is going to be macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes with gravy, not a nice healthy salad or a big bowl of steamed broccoli.
The holidays can be fun but stressful, leaving us vulnerable to making bad food choices. Food at school in the office and at home, in the form of festive meals, plus leftovers, can turn Thanksgiving into a 4-day diet buster and the Christmas season into weeks of overindulgence if we are not careful.
The good news is that you do not need to starve yourself over the holidays or give up on your low carb lifestyle. Instead, plan ahead. Discover a range of low carb festive recipes, including healthy low carb versions of your family’s favorites and your own comfort foods. Plan your meals based on the carb allowance of your Phase. Master 1 or 2 dishes or learn how to make an entire low carb menu from appetizers through to dessert.
Low carb can be tough, but gaining back weight and having to return to the Induction phase of Atkins, for example, can be even tougher. Plan ahead and you will soon be able to make a range of holiday recipes you and your guests will love.