Today we will tackle one our most asked questions! It always comes around the holidays.
How can we enjoy the holidays without ruining our diet?
It’s much easier than you may think. Going into the holiday season you have to remember that no one is perfect and that a few mistakes are bound to happen. However, it’s important to go into any situation with a game plan. Here are just a few simple tips that you can put into action this holiday season!
1. Bring your own food: If you’re going to an event that isn’t providing a healthy options, be sure to bring your own food. It may sound strange but you don’t have to bring a whole meal with you, just bring a main dish or a side.You won’t have to ruin your diet and at the same time you are introducing new options to your family and friends.
2. Eat in advance: Maybe bringing your own food is entirely out of the question. It happens, people can be offended if you bring your own food to a dinner. It’s understandable. If that’s the case, eat a healthy meal before you go and get a light workout in. When it’s time for Christmas dinner, don’t pack your plate with junk, choose light options or tackle the veggie tray!
3. Workout in advance: As mentioned above, your options may be limited at a party but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a workout in before celebrating. A 30 minute workout beforehand is just what you need to stay on track. Again, do the workout BEFORE going to the party. You know you won’t do it after.
4. Beware of the Booze: This time of year, spirits are at an all-time high. For some, they are at a low. In any case, be aware of your alcohol consumption. It’s easy to fill up on a few beverages which are all empty calories. The empty calories all do their part in packing on the pounds without you even realizing it. It’s OK to have an adult beverage but don’t over do it and be sure to drink plenty of water
5. Stay Positive: This time of year is all about having a positive mindset. You’re most likely going to eat something you probably shouldn’t but don’t beat yourself up over it. Do your best to limit your cravings and consumption. No one’s perfect. Don’t fret if you have a Christmas cookie or two. Supplement the junk food with healthy options. There will likely be a fruit and veggie tray also in reach – utilize both. After eating instead of sitting on the couch, take a short walk. You’ll be glad you did!
It’s inevitable that many of you will indulge this holiday season. What’s important is that you have a plan going in! Don’t let a few days of celebration ruin a years worth of workouts and healthy eating. Be prepared and stay on the right track so you won’t have to start all over again in the New Year! Be positive and enjoy yourself!