How to Control Holiday Temptations

by Samantha Montpetit-Huynh

It seems like as soon as the kids go back to school, it has already started. The cooler weather brings on the more comforting foods and then before we know it, Thanksgiving arrives, then Halloween and pretty soon Christmas will be around the corner!

When you have back-to-back holidays, it’s hard to stay on track with your fitness and eating routine especially if you have a goal in mind. And when one of the biggest holidays is almost upon us, it’s almost impossible to imagine surviving the endless offerings of turkey, stuffing, cakes and cookies. However it’s not impossible to control holiday temptations as long as you keep an open mind, create a plan and roll up your sleeves.

Pick your poison

I don’t know about you but I am already receiving holiday party invites so my schedule has the beginnings of a crazy December ahead! If you have a party every weekend or even two, choose which one is worth the “cheat” and stick to it! Typically, when you are on a routine or weight loss program, one cheat a week is allowed.

Be realistic

Now I just mentioned that if you were on a “weight loss” program, that cheating once a week keeps the weight loss going. However, the holidays are the holidays so being realistic with what you are dealing with will give you a better chance. My goal? Not weight loss; nooooo. My goal is always to maintain what I have or keep the weight gain to a minimum. 2-3lbs is decent; I know I enjoyed myself and I wont have to kill myself afterwards to get it off.

Eat smart

If you know you’re going to a party filled with h’orderves, treats, and glasses of bubbly, for peats sake, don’t go hungry!!! Have a good home cooked (healthy) meal before you go so the extra calories you pack in are minimal.

Drink drink drink!

And I don’t mean champagne. Water. It’s filling and when consumed in between alcoholic drinks, you save a lot of empty calories and save a bad hangover as well.

Sweat it out

Although we all have the best of intentions, there are times where we fall off the wagon. Unfortunately, this can start a domino effect and lead to never getting back on. Instead, accept your (very human mistake) and add a little extra blood, sweat and tears to your next workout. You will burn some of the additional calories you put on, get your focus back and feel good about it! It’s a win-win-win.

In the end, it’s just about looking at the big picture and knowing what you’re up against. Throwing in the towel half way through the holidays will only make it that much harder once the new year hits. And if this sounds familiar at all to you, maybe it’s better to change your plan of action this holiday season and just face it head on.

Best of luck!


Samantha Montpetit-Huynh is the mother of two beautiful girls and the founder of Core Expectations, Toronto’s only full services wellness team that delivers personal training, abdominal rehabilitation and other support services to the homes and offices of pregnant women and new moms across the GTA.





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  1. says

    Hi Samantha. Great article! I am currently trying to lose weight. It’s been 6 weeks and I am losing pounds. I did break from my diet on Christmas and New Year. But I am back on track. When I go and eat out with friends, I try to pick food that is grilled or steamed.

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