Every year, without fail, I start hearing the same things, over and over again during these early winter months:
“It’s that time of year, there goes my diet”
“I won’t be able to stick to my eating plan, I’ll just start again in January”
The holidays are jam-packed with an abundance of meals, parties, and gatherings. If you have not already been working out and eating healthy consistently, then it may be hard to suddenly overhaul your habits. It takes practice over time.
But there’s good news — it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Why keep waiting for the New Year to only gain more weight when you can take simple steps to stay on track or get started now.
Here are 5 ways to help you minimize the holiday weight gain and still enjoy the holidays without depriving yourself:
1. Drink up. Keep up with your water consumption throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. If you aren’t a fan of water, infuse it with some lemon or lime to add a little pop of flavor. Staying well hydrated will help you digest your food better, keep your cravings under control, help with feeling less bloated and staying regular. If you’re partaking in any alcoholic beverages, it is helpful to have a tall glass of water before and after your alcoholic beverage to help keep hydrated.
2 Prioritize the veggies. Eat veggies first, protein second, and starch last. By eating your vegetables and protein before you eat the starch you will feel satisfaction from your food more quickly and are less likely to finish the remaining carbs on your plate
Also starting off your day with a green smoothie is an easy way to make sure you still fit your veggies in. It’s an easy breakfast with a ton of benefit.
3. Choose Dessert carefully and Eat mindfully. Don’t just eat any dessert at a holiday party because it is in front of you. Choose and savor the items that appeals to you most, the one that is part of the family heritage or tradition, the one that you can only get this time of year. And when you do, taste it fully, savor each bite, eat mindfully, instead of scarfing it down and waiting for the guilt.
4. Move your body. I know that it can be difficult to fit in a daily workout during the holidays when your schedule is jam-packed. As I said earlier, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Find your balance while considering your options — pick a plan of action for the holidays that is feasible for you to do. Just because you cannot make it to the gym for 90 minutes doesn’t mean you cannot exercise. Head outside for 20 minutes of walking, sprints or grab a pair of dumbbells and complete a workout video at home. Remember that ANY exercise is better than NONE and QUALITY beats QUANTITY every time.
5. Focus on the true purpose of the Holidays. Don’t forget that the purpose of the holidays is far more than just to devour food. There are so many other things to think about this time of year than just what we should or shouldn’t eat. Stress less about the food and enjoy the time with friends and family.
I’m inviting you to join my Forever Fit Community, where we will be sharing tips, recipes to help you stay on track with your goals, feel less stressed and still enjoy the Holiday festivities.