Keeping Your Pants Fitting During the Holidays
Oh the holidays. The quarter of a year long stream of eating, drinking and being merry. Starting with Halloween, whether you have little ones to bring the candy back or you have some left over from what you didn’t give out, if you’re like me, you’re going to eat it when it’s in front of you. Couple that with Halloween parties and it’s a calorie dense way to start the season. Thanksgiving is personally my favorite holiday. The food, time with family, not too cold, not too hot, football, looking at all the ads in the paper for stuff I don’t need. It’s just the best and truly a time to reflect on the great things in our lives. Lastly, any party or gathering leading up to Christmas in the New Year. I’m lumping these together because they seem to encompass the entire month of December.
Combine all of these events and it’s easy to see why it’s so hard to stay on track with eating right. Everything tastes amazing and in general most have accepted that “I’ll just gain a couple pounds and work them off in the new year”. I’m here to give you a few tips to keep yourself on track through the upcoming onslaught of pumpkin rolls, mashed taters and sweet potato casseroles (aka marshmallows and cinnamon)
Tip 1: Eat before you eat In short, don’t arrive to the place you’re going famished. I’ve made this mistake more than I care to count. I show up without eating enough throughout the day and just go to town on everything in front of me. A sure fire way to overeat at a party. Assuming you’re staying on your meal prep, eat something you’ve prepared that you know is a better choice.
Tip 2: Stay Active Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you can’t still get your fitness in. Make time to keep active. Go for a run, do 100 burpees, a 10 minute AMRAP of push ups, squats and sit ups. Not only will this mentally help but will keep your metabolism going through the days you can’t make it to the gym.
Tip 3: Snack Smart (skip the ranch) Most parties will have at least one veggie tray. Grab a plate and snack on that instead of more calorie dense foods. For instance, eight baby carrots are only 35 calories while a half cup of chex mix is 120. Avoid dips if you can as they are unwanted additional calories.
Tip 4: Moderate your drinks There’s a good adage that says “don’t drink your calories”. Stick with water when possible and drink plenty of it. Not only will you keep hydrated but you’ll keep your stomach fuller longer. If you plan on having alcohol, keep moderation in mind. Actually this tip applies to everyday life, not just the holidays.
Tip 5: Pick that one thing you just have to have My granny makes the best peanut butter fudge, if you disagree, we can’t be friends. Anyways, I love it and there’s no way I’m not having it when it’s around. But it’s also very easy to have way too much of it. If I make a conscious decision ahead of time to limit how much I eat I have a much better shot at sticking to it than if I go in blindly.
A quick note before I go. ENJOY your holidays. Life is more than calories and we have limited time on this planet. Spend it with those you love and if that means you have a meal where you eat a little too much that’s okay. The sun will come up tomorrow and it will be a new chance to get back towards your goals.
We hope these simple tips help with your holiday festivities and if you have any tips you think would be a great addition to this list please let us know!