QT: Walking the Food Tight Rope this Holiday Season


All. The. Food.

Ready or not, the food holidays are coming and they are coming quick!

As runners, how do you walk the food tight rope during the holiday season?

Do you just go ahead and eat all the things? Do you try to hold the line and remain disciplined? Or do you try to find some semblance of middle ground?

First Things First

Before we dive too deeply into the topic de jour, one thing I’m not saying you can’t or shouldn’t indulge over the holidays.

But if you are trying to walk the food tight rope this holiday season, hopefully one or more of these tips will help you stay on the wire.



Be Prepared

The most important thing you can do this holiday season, from my perspective at least, is to be prepared on multiple fronts.

Being prepared doesn’t mean you won’t have a wobble or two on the tight rope, but it at least gives you a fighting chance at staying upright.

Be Prepared: Have a Plan

Plan for your Race Schedule?

Trying to walk the food tight rope is going to be difficult, but if you don’t at least have a plan to try and follow it’s going to be virtually impossible.

So what am I talking about when I say you need to have a plan in place?

I’m certainly not saying that you need to have every meal and morsel from here to January planned out perfectly.

What I’m saying is that it’s helpful to have a few guidelines in place that you are going to follow, for the most part, throughout the holiday season.

It’s also helpful to have a plan for when you’re going to indulge.

Let’s not kid ourselves, we are all going to indulge at some point over the holidays.

For me, the plan is pretty simple and straight forward.

I’m planning to stick to my high fat/low carb diet for the entire holiday period, with the definite exception of Thanksgiving day and the possible exception of Christmas day.

This Thanksgiving? I’ll be indulging, 100%.

Thanksgiving Feast

Other than Thanksgiving and maybe Christmas, however, my plan is to do what I normally do from a food perspective.

Minimal carbs, lots of fat and protein. No food until at least noon each day, though preferably I’d rather not eat until 2 or 3 pm.

Am I going to be perfect? Probably not.

But will I stick to my plan most of the time? No question.

Be Prepared: The Pushback is Coming

You are going to encounter resistance.

Friends. Family. It doesn’t matter.

The people nearest and dearest to you, those that love you unconditionally, are going to try to knock you off of the tight rope.

I wish I could say there was a way to prevent this from happening, but I haven’t been able to figure out any work-arounds yet.

All you can do is know that it’s coming and brace yourself for it.

Be Prepared: Bring Your Own

When you’re showing up at various holiday parties this year, more often than not you’re going to bring something with you right?

It might be a bottle of wine. Or a fruit cake. Or some chicken wings.

One of the most difficult parts of walking the food tight rope through the holiday season is being at a party/gathering but having no food options that work for you.

Instead of hoping that there will be an option at the party that works for you, just bring your own.

That way you know you’ll have something to eat/drink and it’ll help you avoid some of the pushback from others that can’t figure out how come you’re not partaking.

Treat Yo’ Self (Intentionally)

The most important thing to remember this holiday season is that it’s ok to indulge.

That said, I think it’s equally important to be sure to indulge intentionally.

Enjoy the items that you really enjoy, but skip those that you don’t really care for.

So if you love gingerbread cookies or your nana’s apple pie recipe, treat yo’ self!

Have a handful of gingerbreadmen. Eat a couple slices of apple pie and vanilla ice cream.

But the sugar cookies and fudge that you don’t really care for?

Say no to those things, and you’ll still be on the tight rope when the new year gets here!


What are Your Favorite Holiday Treats?

Want to Support the Continued Growth & Production of the Show?

Check out the support page for ideas and suggestions of ways you can help me grow the show. And remember, not all support involves money. Some of the best ways you can show your support are 100% free.

Subscribe to the Show

Never miss another episode of the Diz Runs With podcast by subscribing to the show, and for my fellow Apple fans out there, it’s never been easier now that the podcast app is native on the new operating system. iPhone/iPod/iPad users click here. Android users click here. SoundCloud users click here.

Please Give Me Some Feedback!

Take the 6 question listener survey to help me shape the future of this podcast.

Register for a Free Race Training Plan

Every month, I’m giving away a FREE training plan for the race of your choice. For details/information, and to sign up, just click here.

Join The Tribe!

There’s always room for more members of the tribe! Both the Facebook group and the email group provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. The Facebook group is still small, but it is a great way to connect with fellow runners and foster community amongst like-minded individuals. The email group is THE way to stay up to date about future guests on the show, as well as getting some other freebies and offers that aren’t available to anyone else. If you’ve got questions about either/both, just let me know!

Legalese:

Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. This simply means that if you decide to make a purchase using one of the links, I get paid a small commission at no extra expense to you.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.