Holiday season is here! Below are a few tips to keep you feeling your best while having the freedom to still enjoy the festivities that only a holiday season can bring.
Before the party:
- Exercise. Prioritize exercise in your holiday schedule by treating your workouts as important business meetings. 20-30 minutes of full body exercise is key.
- Eat small, frequent, protein rich meals the day of the event.
During the party:
- Practice the 80/20 rule. Fill your plate with 80% of the healthy stuff and 20% of foods in which you choose to indulge.
- Connect. Focus on the conversation and connections. Make an attempt to really get to know someone at the party on a deeper level.
- Alcohol. Alcohol calories will sneak up on you resulting in unwanted pounds. If you choose to drink, select champagne, red wine or light beer. Match each alcoholic beverage with a glass of still or sparkling water. This will help keep you hydrated and feel good for that AM workout.
- Let go of the “clean your plate” habit. Leave a few bites on your plate and say goodbye to unwanted calories.
- Just say no. It’s okay to politely refuse seconds if you have had enough. Only you know your limits.
- Be selective. Skip the commonplace chips and dip and bread and butter and choose to indulge in some of your favorite dishes that only come around once a year. If you love dessert, enjoy a slice of your Aunts famous pumpkin pie. Go ahead, allow yourself to have a dollop of whip cream too.
After the party:
- Exercise. Schedule time to get in a good sweat the day after.
- Eliminate the all or nothing mentality. If you weren’t perfect at the party, that’s ok. Diet and exercise aren’t about judgment; they are a part of your lifestyle. So don’t judge yourself too harshly. Begin the next day by starting fresh; clean eating with lots of fresh produce and water.
Warmest holiday wishes,