The holidays. We all love them and we all hate them. In years past I have gained 10 pounds over the holiday period (so not healthy!). This was often due to diets where I restricted full food groups followed by eating large meals with family and all of the chocolates in the world. Not a good choice.
I no longer cut out carbs or fats or whatever it is you can’t eat these days. Eating clean is just more realistic. The basics: eat real whole foods, no processed junk, stick will whole grain rice/pasta/bread.
That being said, there is no need to loose your hard work over the holidays. Here are a few of my tips:
- Don’t skip your workouts. Yes, you are busy with parties and family, but if you find the time when you are working, you can spare an hour or two on holidays. Plus, the more calories you burn the less impact ‘cheating’ will have.
- Indulge. Its the holidays have a few chocolates, have some wine, have that big white carb dinner. When you wake up the next morning just get back on track and eat clean again. If you say no you will probably just binge on something anyway, might as well keep it in moderation!
- Skip the appetizers. If you are anything like me an open buffet of food is hard to handle. I can’t keep track of how much I have eaten and I often find myself just chilling with the chips and dip all night. If you can resist, try and hold off until dinner – you generally make your own plate and can control what foods and the amounts you want to eat. Or try having something to eat before heading out to the party/get together, this way when all of the food is out you are not starving and more likely to over indulge.
- Be booze wise. There are drinks that are lower in calories than others. Want to eat more food…well drink less or have something low cal (vodka soda, vodka water) skip the sugary mixed drinks or beer. Also just remember how horrible it is when you over indulge on drinks anyway. Keep it to 1 or 2!
- Host the party. It might be more stress, but you choose what you serve, so treat your guests to yummy and healthy holiday foods!
These tricks have helped me in the past, not to say I haven’t lost my way more than once. I hope these help you stay happy and healthy over the holidays!
Until next time day dreamers.
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