Tis the season to see treats, candy, and holiday left overs brought to the office every day. Heck, I’ll hear many of my own clients on Monday take cakes and cookies to the office to unload on others so they won’t be tempted only to complain on Friday when the office baker brings in goodies she’s test driving for her own holiday celebrations.
Y’all, let’s face it. This is the time of year that all those good habits I have you practice through the year are put to the ULTIMATE TEST. For those of you who spent the year packing your daily snacks and learning to say no with AUTHORITY you will be fine. Some of you, though, are going to find that white knuckling hunger and hoping you make good choices may fly out the window the next six weeks. Yes, there’s going to be six weeks of this coming so get prepared.
In fact, just today one of my private girls made a comment about how she reached for her homemade oatmeal baked pumpkin spice snack INSTEAD of the Pineapple Upsidedown Cake a co-worker brought in “just because.” As frustrating as it is to have to look at that stuff, it is easier to stay the course when you are prepared with your healthy but tasty alternatives.
You are going to have choose your treats through the holidays. What frustrates most of my clients is that they enjoy a little bit of EVERYTHING that gets laid out on desks and breakroom tables. Don’t tell me that the three Hershey Kisses every day wrapped in RED are so special. If this is YOUR special treat then have at it, log it, and be happy. But don’t bitch to me January 2 that you gained 5lbs “just because you ate big on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.”
I want all of you to look at your holiday season with SENSIBLE eyes. What meals are going to be delicious and mean a lot to you? Is it the potluck at work? Momma’s homemade stuffing and pecan pie? Random candy dishes? Leftoever cookies from someone’s cookie exchange?
What I am saying is most of you will not plan your treat meals. You will see all this “stuff” everywhere and eventually throw your hands up saying I will just start Jan. 1. Don’t do that! Start learning now that you can have the things that matter to you. The problem is you won’t stop long enough to figure out what those things are and then simply admit the other stuff is you just grabbing because you aren’t prepared with your own snacks or mentally prepared to avoid it.
And, if you are stuck some place with a ton of goodies, then pack your coolers full of good food and BRING IN YOUR OWN TREATS for everyone. Nothing says you can’t spread some HEALTHY joy in the office. The best way to get the message across and avoid some of the craziness is to BE the EXAMPLE and not the victim!
Try some of these I found on the internet…
Skinnytaste.com has a whole lightened up Thanksgiving section. You can take some of this to potlucks or family dinners.
SkinnyMs.com has a nice slow cooker FUDGE! She also has loads of good meals and side dishes to try!
- 2-1/2 cups Chocolate Chips, [I used dark chocolate chips because of their health benefits. Ghirardelli is a good brand and works well with this recipe)
- 1/4 cup coconut milk, (canned, not in a carton)
- 1/4 cup raw mild honey
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Fudge is perfect for the slow cooker because it doesn’t scorch or burn.
Add chocolate chips, coconut milk, honey and salt, stir to combine. Cover and cook on low 2 hours without stirring. It’s important that lid remain on during this 2 hours.
After 2 hours, turn the slow cooker off, uncover, add vanilla and stir to combine ingredients. Allow to cool in uncovered slow cooker, until fudge has reached room temperature…approximately 4 hours. Using a large spoon, stir vigorously for 5-10 minutes until it loses some the gloss.
Lightly spray a 1 quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour fudge into dish, cover and refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Cut into 30 pieces. This fudge is very rich and meant to be eaten on occasion as a treat.
Note: Canned coconut milk can be found in the Asian or organic sections of most grocery stores.
And, at Eatdrinkandbeskinny.com she shares a ton of good tips on how to cut calories from your holiday festivities.
MY OWN STRATEGY! This is the time of year I drink two Shakeology’s a day. Either they are both snacks or one is a meal and one is a snack. I mix up between vanilla and chocolate. I do it so I never feel like I’m missing out on desserts and ice cream, so many viruses go around this time of year I need the pre- and probiotics, and with holiday stress it’s easy and doubles down on my vitamins.
Enjoy the links and let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on getting fit in the holidays. Is it hard, easy, or you just need a plan?