By now you have already tackled a couple of holiday meals. How are you managing? With a little planning, you can be successful throughout the holiday season.
- Don’t save up for the big meal by skipping meals earlier in the day. You will inevitably eat faster and more food because you’re hungry. Make sure you get in ALL of your Medifast meals that day.
- Dinner should not be an all-you-can-eat buffet. Fill your plate mostly with vegetables, and then add some lean protein. Do your best to avoid seconds and take some time after you finish your plate if you actually WANT more.
- Don’t assume you have to eat every food item so you don’t offend your host. Showing appreciation or giving a compliment may be all you need. Try saying, “That pie looks amazing! How did you get the crust to look so perfect?” or “What a thoughtful gift! I am going to share these with all my friends so they will also know what a fantastic baker you are.”
- Send leftovers home with guests – avoid any temptations!
- Avoid gravy and dressings. If you like a certain salad dressing or approved condiment, bring your own!
- No matter if you are hosting a dinner or going somewhere, make some side dishes that you can eat, like the mashed cauliflower or green beans. You might be surprised how many other people will enjoy them, too!
- Monitor your side dishes – they can be loaded with fat and carbs. Try mashed cauliflower as an alternative to mashed potatoes.
*BONUS RECIPE – Mashed Cauliflower
- 1 cup cauliflower
- Butter spray (like “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”)
- 1 oz. non-fat cream cheese
- Cut cauliflower into florets.
- Steam cauliflower in microwave until very tender.
- Put steamed cauliflower in food processor while still warm.
- Add in cream cheese and spray with butter (approximately 10 sprays).
- Mix until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!