How Not to gain Weight over the Holidays – Healthy eating over the holidays

How Not to Gain Weight Over the Holidays

Healthy Eating over the holiday season, which is approaching very fast,is not easy and trying not to gain weight and stay in balance can be a challenge for many. The holiday season lasts quite a number of weeks and depending on how many functions and parties you go to it can seem even longer.  Self-control can be very challenging 🙂

We tend to over indulge in food and beverages, especially alcohol and sodas which are so full of sugar and carbs, we would not normally indulge in when we are eating throughout the day..  When we are around family and friends we are having such a good time (or not) that food and drink control is not what we are thinking about.  Therefore we tend to over indulge unconsciously.  Boy, do we usually regret it!!!!! How many times do you make that New Years Resolution to lose the weight you put on over the holidays?

My thing is I am usually healthy, very conscious of what I eat and drink and do not eat desserts, wheat, dairy and meats.  Unfortunately, over the holiday period, I do sometimes find I indulge in a dessert or candies and sweets.  These will  have dairy, sugars, and wheat in them.  Sugar being the feel good factor aHow not to put on weightnd also the first thing the body will use as energy instead of the fat.

For the next weeks my body is having a field day, upset stomach, bloating, low energy and generally not in a good mood. The toxins in my body are taking it’s toll.  Time for a detox and back to salads and vegetables.

How can we change this?

How not to gain weight over the holidays – What I have done for the last couple of years is a strategy I teach my clients also..

October I decide to detox and get really healthy. Cutting out sugar, dairy, wheat and alcohol.

The the last week of October I go on a 30 day gluten free, dairy free, vegan type of eating and drinking throughout the day. Lots of vegetables, salads and water. This then has the effect of getting really healthy, feeling good and also lose\ing some weight.

Once the holidays come around I am feeling so good about myself image that I refrain from over indulging in the foods that affect me.  The other thing I do is think about how bad I feel if I do eat the foods and this also stops me.

Other Strategies to use not to gain weight over the holidays

  • write down what makes you feel bad  (read it daily)
  • be positive and believe in yourself
  • limit portion size
  • eat healthy before you leave home to fill you up
  • drink lots of water

Something else you can do to not gain weight over the holidays is if you have a dairy intolerance then get some Lactaid Tablets. If you have a Gluten intolerance you can take Gluten Enzyme pills.  Keep them with you all the time so you can easily take them when necessary.

Remembering that holidays and special events come throughout the whole year and therefore it is good to practice these tips all year round.Fruits and Vegetables.

Keeping a food diary is something I mention to all my clients, you will be surprised what you find out about yourself when you do this.

Remember to also monitor what your children are eating and drinking over the holidays.  Well-intentioned relatives and friends think it is ok to give the sugar and treats not realizing what the effect can be on them.


-Please share your thoughts and comments-

Enjoy your holidays, stay healthy and happy and take these tips to help you not gain weight over the holidays, and above all do not take guilt and regret into the New Year.  You can always start the New Year off on the right foot to health.

I would ask that you please share   Just leave your thoughts in the comment section below and remember to read what others have left as well.  Thank you.



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  1. Reply

    Yes, self control can be very challenging and I feel like I’m about to put on a lot of weight again. Alcohol and hidden sugars are the killer. thanks for your blog it will help make me more aware. Enjoy your holidays and love following your blog 🙂

    • Reply

      Enjoy your holidays too and remember moderation is the key, don’t make yourself miserable by not eating what you like at the holiday time.

  2. Reply

    Hi Helen; Just got done reading your tips for not gaining weight over the Holidays,excellent content. I have kept a food diary for 2 years and lost 30 pounds. I like your website very helpful without being pretentious .

    • helenvella


      Thank you I appreciate your comments. SO glad you keep a food diary they are so revealing and helpful.

  3. Reply

    wow thanks your post and the wonderful tips. I personally agreed because in my teenage years what i fight so much was weight lost and tips like this help me eat healthily and and live healthily.
    thanks for you effort in putting it together.

  4. AJ


    What a great article. Its so hard to not over eat during the holidays, the meals are always the best lol. I think its harder to control yourself because you really don’t eat that good of meal for a while because its a tradition to wait. I would wait though because its that much more special when you are with your family. Great info, thanks 🙂


    • helenvella


      Meals with family are so special and great to share life events and the latest gossip. Sometimes we can do this and still be mindful of the amount of what we are eating. Thanks for a great comment.

  5. Reply

    Dear hellenvella,
    thank you so much for your tips. I love your recommendation about the hidden sugars. Nowadays all the processed food is full of it and it is really one of the greatest factors of gaining weight. Many people don´t know how much sugar there is really in a soda drink and that it is a great factor why they gain weight. You mentioned a very important word, which is being conscious about what we eat. I think that it is a key factor for losing weight and not gaining so much during the Christmas time. If we are conscious about what we eat, we can enjoy more and are not surprised later.
    Thank you again for these helpful tips.

    • helenvella


      Yes very true practicing mindful consciousness is key to all parts of your life but especially eating. We can tend to eat when we are not hungry out of habit or something to do. Not gaining weight during the holidays or any celebration time should definitely be a mindful time.

  6. Reply

    Thank you for this great article 🙂 It is so easy to just mindlessly eat during the holidays and gain a lot of weight, which is then SOOO difficult to loose! Your tips sure are good ones, I will keep them in mind this season!

    • helenvella


      You are welcome. I will be doing another post soon on how to get the weight off if you did put any on during the holidays. Yes we do eat mindlessly, being mindful is 100% needed during the holiday time.

    • helenvella


      Thank you for your comments. Gaining weight is not something we like to do especially over the holiday time.

  7. Reply

    Because I work in academia, my Holiday schedule is more flexible than most, so I hope I don’t sound like I’m bragging too much. I have a treadmill at home, so when I’m off work for a holiday or spring break, I make sure to get on there for a least 30 minutes a day. It helped me drop semester weight when I was a college student.

    • helenvella


      Excellent anything that keeps you healthy and balanced is always a plus. Thank you for sharing your weight management techniques.

  8. Reply

    Yes I agree great post as I am really interested in the weight loss market as well. Everything you said made complete sense and your post should help many people keep the undesired weight from creeping on over the festive period,

    • helenvella


      Let us hope so. Holidays and festive seasons are always when weight tends to go on. Getting it off takes a little longer.

  9. Reply

    Hi Helen, thanks for the tips on how I can stay healthy during the holiday season. They are simply amazing. I almost always get constipated during this period as I can’t just stop eating all of the exciting meals I prepare and get sent to by family and friends. So, guess what? I will be trying your 30 day gluten free exercise and see how healthy I’ll feel before the holidays.

    Do have a great day.


    • helenvella


      Excellent and good luck with your Gluten Free trip. You will feel so much better. Thank you for your comments.

  10. Reply

    Hi Helen,
    I really like what you’re sharing here! As with most things, awareness is always a great first step, and that’s what it sounds like you’re encouraging, so that we can be honest with ourselves about how we feel when we eat or do (or do not do) certain things. I’ve found that the psychology of moving toward something (feeling better) works better for me than moving away from something (not wanting to feel bad). But I can’t do that without truly being aware of what makes my body truly feel good. Awareness.
    Now, the detox and gluten-free stuff I have not tried. That will take some commitment, but it certainly sounds worth it.
    Thanks for another great article. Keep it up!

    • helenvella


      Thanks Kevin, toward motivation is always the best kind of motivation. Away from motivation usually does not last because once you reach your goal there is nothing to motivate you. Always the carrot and never the stick 🙂

  11. Reply

    Portion control is the hardest thing for me (I write that as I eat my second bowl of ice cream) but it’s definitely something I’m working towards so thanks for your friendly (and supportive) little reminder here!

    Danielle | <3

  12. Reply

    These are some simple tips that I hope I could get it right, particularly on holidays season. Foods and snacks have always been my greatest weakness.

    I’m hoping to keep my health in check this time around.

    • helenvella


      Thank you so much. I try to help people understand how to be in control of their eating and habits. Creating Balance in your body is essential for good health and wellness.

  13. Suzanne


    Thanks for writing this post, you have reminded me about the near approaching season. I usually do over eat and over indulge and then feel really bad after Christmas time!
    I think I’m going to take your advice and start preparing myself now.


    • helenvella


      Glad I was able to help. We do not want to feel bad starting off the new year. Remember anytime you need some one on one time or know anyone who does. Please contact me direct, skype and group and personal sessions have been part of my practise for over 20 years. 🙂

  14. Reply

    Hi there! Love this blog post! But…you make it sound so easy! 🙂 No…you are just further along than I am. Unfortunately food is like a drug to me and I have a difficult time sticking to eating well. I want to. Especially for my little people. These are great tips and I think I have the most trouble with is portion control. I eat too much and then am filled with regret!

    • helenvella


      Thinking it is easy is a belief system. When you believe it will be easy for you to achieve whatever you put your mind to then it will happen. If you are using food as a drug then what is the trigger that started your addiction?

  15. Reply

    I LOVE how you challenge someone to look inside first! It may seem so simple, but definitely not that obvious.

    Most people are scared to put it in writing too. Just writing it down will take the energy off of the negativity.

    Thank you!


    • helenvella


      SO true, we hardly every really look at ourselves. Writing down does take off the negative energy.

  16. Reply

    Some great tips here as always. I always seem to put on weight during the holidays. Usually because I am not as active as at my at work. Work is quite literally a lot of running around. It helps keep me fit.

    I quite often drink water during my breaks at work. Which is something I don’t do too much of anyway at home. So not only will try to do that on weekends and evenings but also on holiday too.

    Thanks again for your useful advice.

    • helenvella


      You are welcome. Perhaps go for walks over the holidays or if you have stairs go up and down them a few times, any activity is a blessing. Drinking water essential for good health and balance.

  17. Reply

    Great tips. I know I tend to overdo the eating over the holidays, but with these tips I hope I will be able to keep it in check this year.
    I already keep a close eye on my kids water intake. They tend to not drink enough and my daughter get tummy aches from it. Since I started to keep a closer eye on her water drinking, it’s been better…

    Thank you!

    • helenvella


      Excellent having tools is what helps stay in control and balanced. Holidays are there to test us LOL. Yes kids tend to not drink too much water unless prompted and can get very dehydrated.

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