Having to lose baby weight during the holiday season poses a new challenge! I knew it would be tough, but it’s a little tougher than I thought. I am currently at my grandparents house for the Thanksgiving holiday, and if any of you know me, you know that my grandma and I do not see eye to eye on nutrition. An example would be that she put hot fudge chocolate on her english muffin this morning. You are probably thinking I mean Nutella, the hazelnut spread that’s marketed as a healthy breakfast for your child, but no, I mean real hot fudge for ice cream. This is a new one, even for her. Oh, and I almost forgot she sometimes uses coffee creamer on her cereal instead of milk. She loves the coconut kind. We are constantly getting into it about nutrition. We really need to just stop discussing it because it’s like politics, you can talk till you are blue in the face but the other party is not changing their mind. So what do I do when I am here for food? At this point my grandma knows that I eat differently than her and just lets me make my own breakfast while she cooks for my grandpa and my husband. For lunch we are all on our own anyway so that isn’t tough to eat what I want. For dinner I typically eat the meat and the veggies, but I try to get the veggies out of the dish before they are swimming in a cup of butter. As far as the popular meal this Thursday, I volunteer to take on a couple sides. This way I know there will be some lighter options available for dinner. Now I really don’t think there is a problem if there is a splurge day with a lot of fat and calories as long as we are back on track after that meal. The problem is that rarely happens. We are with family for several days and with travel, upcoming Christmas parties, and Christmas itself, it’s not just one meal. So pick and choose your battles. YOU pick the days when you will let yourself splurge and you pick the rest of the time when you will stick to your nutrition goals. Don’t worry about offending your family when it comes to eating well. Stand by your choices and just be polite. Your family will still love you even if you don’t eat that extra scoop of ice cream with your pecan pie.
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