Oh yes, it’s that time of year…HOLIDAY SEASON!!!!! AHHHH it’s the best!
I love the holidays, especially Christmas, but I know it can be super tough to stick to our goals during this time of year.
Because I know the struggle is real when it comes to staying on track during the holidays, I wanted to share 5 of my favorite tips that have helped prevent me, and my clients throughout the years, from totally blowing it during this time.
1. Offer To Bring 1-2 Healthy Dishes
This one is seriously crucial if you know that there won’t be anything remotely healthy to choose from. In most cases you can count on there being a meat, veggie, and potato dish that should be reasonably healthy to eat (unless they are loaded with crappy toppings).
But you don’t want to bank on anything, so I like to make sure I like to check and see what everyone is bringing, and offer to bring my own dishes if necessary.
This year we are staying home and having Thanksgiving with the puppies so I have total control which is nice.
Here are some sides that I am making this year:
- Pecan Pie Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes or Sweet Potato Kale Hash (I make this on the reg)
- Maple Glazed Rosemary Carrots
- Gluten Free Stuffing (this is all for the hubby)
- Paleo Cranberry Sauce
2. Decide On 1-2 Items To Indulge In GUILT FREE
This can be either a dessert and a side, two helpings of dessert, dessert and drinks, whatever floats your boat. What matters here is making sure you decide ahead of time what it’s going to be, and exactly how much, before you start eating or drinking it.
For me, I am a dessert junkie, and I love to try fun spritzer recipes so that is where I choose to indulge. I usually allow my self to have two servings of dessert (sometimes three, I’ll be honest) and about four drinks depending on what’s in them.
This is why I like to bake my own apple pie and find drink recipes using real fruit, sparkling water or red wine. This helps me to indulge a bit more without saying screw it and going balls to the wall (because yes, that has happened. No judging!).
CLICK HERE for my healthy apple pie recipe.
CLICK HERE for my healthy pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting (sort of like a cupcake)
CLICK HERE for one of my favorite healthy spritzer drinks: Cranberry, Pomegranate & Green Tea Spritzer.
3. Grab Bigger Portions Of Meat And Veggies And
EAT THOSE FIRST!
This one is HUGE! Seriously, this is a life saver right here. When you do this your stomach will fill up on protein and fiber making it just a little bit harder to eat those yummy, but feel like crap after, options.
This leaves you more with a battle of will than of hunger, which is much better then both. So just eat your meat and veggies first, have a little starch like a potato dish if you desire (with as little gravy or sugar as possible) and let that sit for a bit before reaching for anything else. I’m telling you, you won’t feel as inclined to eat much else.
4. Drink Water
Here’s the thing with this one, often times you may think that you’re hungry when in fact your body is just craving some water, so making sure to consciously drink water is going to help prevent over eating as well.
I suggest making sure to drink a full glass 15- 20 minutes before you eat and again 30 minutes after. This will ensure that your body isn’t sending unnecessary hunger signals before you eat, and it will help you stay fuller for longer after you eat.
I say wait 20-30 minutes after eating to drink water, because it has been suggested that drinking while eating, and within 20-30 minutes after, can impair digestion. I haven’t looked into the scientific evidence behind this so this is just a suggestion. Do what you want with it. 🙂
5. Freaking Live A Little
Remember the holiday’s only come around once a year, so enjoy it man. Just do so responsibly by following these tips. 😉
Don’t go all out with no plan what so ever.
Plan ahead, be intentional about what you indulge in and make sure to remind yourself that enjoying a treat and indulging from time to time, is good for you mentally (at least it is for my personal sanity). And what better time to indulge and let loose a bit then the holiday’s??!
So go for it, live a little and don’t feel bad about it dang it!
Hopefully these tips will help you out and encourage you to approach this season with confidence and excitement, and set yourself up to be in a more manageable place after it’s all said and done. Because let’s be real here, it’s not going to help your current goals when you have to address another 5-10 pounds you gained, or digestive issues you worsened on top of that.
So enjoy this time of year, stay focused on what you want long term and LIVE A LITTLE!!