After finishing the holiday marathons, to someone like me, the first thing that comes to mind is:
TOO MUCH EATING!
As always, I gave out guidelines to my clients outlining what to do at every Yom Tov meal as well as from what to stay away. Most of the information was obvious and nothing new yet it’s always helpful to have it on paper and review it together with someone. No matter how careful and determined one was over Yom Tov, there were still so many meals . That’s a lot of matzah and a lot of late night meals. Not to mention all the tempting desserts and gourmet delicacies around.
I have been hearing from many people how hard it is to get back on track after “partying” and being on ‘diet vacation’ for so long so I’ve compiled some DO’S and DON’TS to help you get back on track.
Here are some do’s and don’ts for getting back on track:
- Do go on the scale to continue keeping track of your weight. Did you gain? Stay the same? Lose? This is not meant to put you in a bad mood but rather to face reality.
- Do write out your menu ahead of time for the week so that you are completely prepared and stocked up.
- Do get professional help from a nutrition counselor. This is a great time to commit for a while since there are no holidays coming up for some time.
- Do get rid of any leftovers so that there are less temptations.
- Do start a food journal documenting what you eat (and sometimes even why).
- Don’t go on the scale too frequently (more than once or twice a week). This will discourage you as numbers change week to week and not necessarily day to day.
- Don’t beat yourself up over what you ate or how much you gained. It is in the past.
- Don’t go on a deprivation or starvation plan just to lose the weight quickly. This will only slow down your metabolism and cause you to feel deprived.
- Don’t forget that we have plenty of time to make up for those many meals.
- Don’t set unrealistic goals. 1-2 pounds a week is considered healthy weight loss.
I like to encourage people to learn from what they have done for the future. Think about where exactly you had a hard time over the holiday and try to adjust accordingly for the next time. For some it may be having less tempting desserts around. For some it may mean putting away all leftovers right away before all the nibbling starts. If something actually helped you, remember that for the next holiday as well. Some people say taking a walk distracted them from the eating and physically removed them from the situation which helped a lot. Some say that making a lot of exciting new vegetable dishes was what helped them stay on track.
Remember, we cannot undo the past but we CAN control the future. Also, although Pesach is done, it is never too late to pray to succeed and be strong on a diet. There is even a special prayer made up by a rabbi for diet success. Wishing everyone an easy time getting back on track.
תפילה להצלחה בדיאטה
אנא ה’ – אתה בראת כוח רצון באדם שהוא מושפע מכוח הרצון העליון פתח לי שערי רחמים ושערי רצון. פתח לי שערי בריאות הגוף ובריאות הנפש עזור לי לחזק את כוח הרצון. שגופי ישמע לי ולא אלך אחריו נגד רצוני
אנא ה’ – הנחה אותי בדרך אמת להחליט החלטות שאני יכול\ה לבצע שתחזק את כוח רצון שלי, שאבצע את מה שהחלטתי
אנא ה’ – עזור לי להתגבר על יצר האכילה, שאוכל רק רק את המאכלים הנכונים
שאוכל רק את הכמות הנכונה. שאוכל רק בזמן הנכון. שלא אוכל מתוך עצבות ולא מתוך יאוש, ולא מתוך שיעמום, שהאוכל יהיה רק לבריאות הגוף והנפש
אנא ה’ – מלך הכבוד עזור לי לכבד את עצמי שלא אתבייש ולא אבייש אחרים
שאוכל להצליח בדרכי אמן ואמן