It’s quickly approaching … and we can’t stop it.
It all begins with Halloween
… followed shortly by Thanksgiving,
… then the Holidays in December
… and may end for some on New Year’s Day (for others it continues until Super Bowl).
What is it? It’s the Annual Food Fest – the time of year when all we seem to do is eat.
So how do you prepare for the Annual Food Fest (other than avoiding all social gatherings)?
WebMD’s article “How to Beat the Holiday Weight Gain Odds” shares an interesting concept of developing a plan before going to each event.
The beginning of the article explains how food is emotional (which is no surprise to most of us). The second part is what is most interesting. “The key is to put parameters around how much you will consume, and then stick to your plan,” says Warren Huberman, PhD, a clinical psychologist specializing in weight control at New York University Medical Center.
This concept works well for both food and beverage consumption at any gathering. So before heading to any event, decide how many beverages you will drink and how much you will eat. If the event is at a restaurant, you may consider looking at the menu online before heading to the restaurant.
The difficult part is sticking to your plan. You may consider making a game of it – maybe rewarding yourself with tickets to a concert. Another option is to have a bet with a friend who will also be at the event. Be creative. It’s your waistline.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Her firm bridges the gap between financial planning and coaching. As a Transition Consultant, she offers sage advice in all aspects of life – financial, personal and professional. Niv does not manage money and does not sell financial products. Her services include spending plan development, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”