Have a Plan For Holiday Meals
I'm not kidding when I say there's always a big holiday meal around the corner, no matter what time of year. Chef Cora knows this too, which is why she recommends going into holiday meals extremely prepared.
"I start planning for holiday meals way in advance — at least a week or two — so that I can not only cut back on SmartPoints in advance to leave me a little more room on the holiday, but also to think about what exactly I'll cook and eat for the meal."
Your plan of action will vary based on whether or not you're preparing the meal or going to someone else's house to eat, but if someone else is in charge, you could either check with them beforehand to see what exactly is on the menu or bring a dish that you know without a doubt that you can eat.
Also, don't be afraid to skip the meal completely if it won't cause drama with your family. I opted out of family Easter one year while watching what I was eating because I knew staying home and making my own healthy meal was just going to be easier on me mentally than dealing with the questions at the dinner table.