This is a great question. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals in particular are loaded with sugar items typically in the forms of bread, desserts and drinks.
Many times the cook (especially if it’s a relative) can be offended if you don’t eat their food. Here’s the best advice I can give:
- Inform the cook ahead of time that you don’t do food or drinks with sugar in it. Based upon the K.I.S.S method I talked about in another blog post, that typically means no desserts, no bread, no cranberry sauce, and no sweetened drinks life fruit cocktail (which is a code word for sugar in it!).
- Suggest some alternatives & make them yourself (if this doesn’t offend the cook) – like fruit salad, smoothies, etc. I have another blog post that talks about food swaps or “instead of this, eat this.”
- Consider ordering some food from a place like Whole Foods Market.
- For birthdays, I just don’t eat the desserts, unless of course it’s all fruit. If I know there’s going to be a birthday celebration, I usually eat my own “dessert” (smoothies, fruit salad, yogurt, etc.) ahead of time. Or, if it’s at my house, I’ll make myself a smoothie or have a healthy snack.
Since my body changed for the better during my Phase #1 Weight Loss, it was not the time to backslide! I figured my health was too important.
Let me also say that I have never had a problem with holidays, even to this day. I just communicate what I’m doing & why I’m doing it, and people understand.