Ugh, this is such a hard time of the year to stay on track with a low carb diet. In our house, we also have all three kids’ birthdays lumped up together this time of year, making it even more difficult to be good. It’s not even Christmas and I’m all carbed out!
One thing I’ve noticed, call it a blessing if you will, is that the longer you stay on a low carb diet, the less you even want to eat all that junk food. It makes it easier to say “no” when temptation hits, but it’s almost a loss to be mourned when you consider that most of us started out enjoying a lot of those favorite comfort foods.
It’s difficult to make good choices when most of the options at holiday parties are sweets and high carb foods, so here are some tips to help you make the most of your low carb diet during the holidays.
1. Eat First
You’ve probably heard this before, but it really helps to not go hungry to a holiday gathering. It’s the same wisdom that guides you to not go to the grocery store on an empty stomach – you won’t have your body’s grumbling to add to your brain telling you to go for that junk food. Load up on protein to help you stay satisfied while you’re out. That protein is the foundation that allows you to indulge in a treat or two without blowing your blood sugar sky high.
2. Watch Your Portions
The feeling I get from most of the low carb diet advice is that you just shouldn’t have any sweets or holiday treats at all. I say you can. In fact, you can enjoy sweets more often than you might expect, as long as you accept that having a full serving is not going to work. When you’re staring at a buffet table loaded with cookies, candy and special holiday favorites, eat some!
Cut down portion sizes and allow yourself a small sampling of the ones you just don’t want to resist. As long as you keep portions small, you can get away with a little cheating, but monitor that blood sugar.
3. Eat Your Carbs Where it Counts
I don’t know about you, but if I have too many carbs, I naturally want to eat less of them at the next meal. When you know you’ll be going out to a holiday gathering, cut back on carbs for your meals before and after the event to help keep your total count in line.
That doesn’t mean you can go hog wild, by any means, but I find that a carb fast, if you will, helps my body stay on track and handle an occasional excess better.
4. Make Your Own Low Carb Treats
I am constantly amazed at the creativity low carbers have. There are some mouth watering, absolutely divine holiday treats out there that are low or no carb, allowing you to have your cake and eat it too.
I frequently pin recipes I come across online to my Easy Low Carb Snacks Pinterest page, where such delectables as low carb eggnog, chocolate almond butter truffles and chocolate covered almond clusters are currently at the top of the list.
When you’re going to a party, there’s nothing to stop you from bringing your own low carb treats to enjoy. Best of all, you know you’ll like the fare and you’ll even be doing your fellow overdoing it partiers a favor, too!
Getting through the holidays with your low carb diet intact can be difficult. It’s okay if you aren’t the perfect model of low carb discipline, but by taking a few steps to make the temptation easier to bear, you can enjoy a few treats and keep your blood sugar levels where they should be.