The holidays are upon us, and what does that mean? Food, food, and more food, with a little bit of shopping in there too. Dieting during the holidays can be tough, but it doesn’t need to be impossible. Here are a few tips to help you survive all of the food temptation while sticking with the HCG diet:
- Plan ahead. You know when the holidays are and you know when your holiday parties are scheduled. If you know that you are going to be on the HCG diet during Thanksgiving, ask the host to prepare a little something for you that is HCG friendly. You may not be able to partake in the full feast, but at least you will have something to eat, and you know you won’t be jeopardizing your diet. If you don’t want to ask the host to prepare a meal for you, prepare one at home that you can take with you. If you are preparing the holiday meal, make yourself something so you can indulge as well.
- Don’t lose sight of your goals. Stay focused on your goal. If you stray from the HCG diet during a holiday party, your weight loss can slow or stall completely for 3-6 days. The only way to fix this stall is to stick with the diet 100% and drink plenty of water. But even then your body will take a few days to recover and start losing again.
- Get support from your friends and family. If they know that you are dieting, they’ll be less likely to keep asking you if you want a certain food. Let them know that you have finally decided to take control of your health and weight, and that you need their support during the holidays to be successful.
- Distract yourself. If the going gets rough, and you want nothing more than some pumpkin pie, find something to distract yourself. You could help clean up the kitchen, play with any children that may be at your party, or even get some board games out that the whole family can play. This will take your mind off the food you’re craving, and it can be fun at the same time.
If you want to make something that has a slight hint of Thanksgiving to it, try these recipes. Cooking with cinnamon reminds me of fall and winter, and these recipes can help you feel festive, even if you have to avoid some of the foods that you love.
YOURHCG.COM CINNAMON BEEF
100 grams (3.5 oz) London broil or Round Roast
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp parsley
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp garlic powder
In a small bowl, mix cinnamon, parsley, black pepper, and garlic powder. Then take the beef and rub the seasoning all over. Place on a George Foreman grill and cook to your liking. You can also BBQ this, just make sure no oils or non-stick sprays are used. Serve with Lemon Ginger Asparagus.
Serving Size – 1 protein
LEMON GINGER GARLIC
1 c. asparagus
½ c. water
½ TBSP fresh ginger root, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of ½ lemon
Black Lemon pepper
Cut off ends of asparagus spears and discard. Snap spears into 2-3 pieces. Add garlic & ginger to the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add asparagus and water. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove asparagus and top with lemon juice and pepper, then serve.
Serving Size – 1 vegetable, 1 lemon
YOURHCG.COM FRIENDLY APPLE COBBLER
1 apple, sliced
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 packet Stevia
1 TBSP milk
Toss the above ingredients together and arrange on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until apples are at your desired texture. If you have not eaten your serving of Melba toast for this meal, you can crumble it on top for that crunchy texture.
Serving Size – 1 fruit, 1 milk, 1 Melba toast (optional)