I know you probably took that in multiple directions but it’s not what you think. Every December Amy works her little magic in the kitchen lab and puts together this amazing sugary goodness with Chex, sugar, sugar, and more sugar. For my sugar addiction it is the last thing on the planet I need. But….. oh it is so delicious.
Do you feel my inner tension right there? Do you struggle as well?
Yesterday I put out a poll in the Fit Pastors online community and asked,
“What is the #1 struggle you currently face in staying healthy?”
One pastor friend wrote,
“Food fixation – it’s like Christmas music & decor trigger something in my brain saying it’s time to pig out on junk food.”
So many more wrote about their struggles with portion distortion, better known as portion control. A few years ago I stumbled upon an eye-opening book by Brian Wansink called “Mindless Eating”. Ever heard of it? You can download my Book Notes – Mindless Eating if you’d like.
In the book Brian talks about what causes portion distortion. He writes,
“History repeated itself 20 years later with the mid-level casual dining restaurants. As their popularity and rivalry increased in the 1990s, so did their attempts to create perceptions of value. They too began trying to differentiate themselves by offering more and more food for less and less money.”
That’s it! I’m not eating out anymore! Just kidding but that isn’t cool. I remember around the time I was reading this book I also read some articles that talked about how our grandparents generation used smaller plates therefore ate less. Think about it. Just the size of a slice of pizza in the past ten years has tripled!
Brian offers a few suggestions on how to downsize our consumptions.
Here’s a few:
- A shopper can buy smaller sizes
- Create his or her own single portion servings by subdividing the bargain-size bag into smaller ones.
- A restaurant diner can split the fries, order two appetizers instead of an entrée, or have half the dinner packed to go.
- A home diner can replace large tableware with smaller plates, bowls, and glasses and can use smaller serving bowls and serving spoons, while also keeping the large packages or containers off the table and out of sight.
This morning during my early morning routine I quickly wrote down ten simple ways to avoid eating like Santa during the holidays. Here they are:
- Remind yourself of your WHY (reason you want to lose weight or be healthier)
- Say a simple prayer for the Holy Spirit to give you the fruit of self-control
- Envision ahead of time you making healthy choices at a holiday party
- Give yourself a budget ahead of time using an app like Lose It
- Know thyself and don’t partake of one cookie if it will awaken your sugar monster
- Be an influencer and lead the charge helping others which will help you be stronger
- Go public on Facebook and write how in a humorous way how you avoided the tempations
- Ask yourself “Do I really want to be the average American that gains 1-2 pounds during the holidays?”
- Self-report to a friend by taking a picture of your healthy choice and text them
- Read this commentary by Brian Wansink to create awareness and get you mentally prepared
This was a good quote from the online community from yesterday’s question that hopefully will encourage you today.
“Right now, the holiday season with all kinds of foods everywhere, weird schedules, being firm that the “season” is not permission to lose all aspects of self-discipline. Every event does not have to be a food celebration.”
How about you? What can you do as the month of December moves forward to enjoy the holidays, yet use wisdom with portion control? What are some simple tips you’d like to pass along to other readers?
Comment. I’d love to hear from you!