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The holidays are in full swing and there are less than 2 weeks until Christmas! We have several family gatherings coming up which is always exciting! However, holiday parties and gatherings usually involve a lot of food, drinks and treats that are a sure-fire way to derail you from your healthy eating habits. You might be thinking, ‘hey, it’s the holidays! I can treat myself!’ which is absolutely true but before you know it, you’re eating your fourth sugar cookie and chugging rum and egg nog like it’s water. There are cobwebs forming on your treadmill and the envy you felt while watching the Victoria’s Secret fashion show a couple of weeks ago is now a distant memory. Get it together, missy! Fear not! There’s no need to skip out on all the delicious meals and treats all-together! Here are 5 ways to stay on track with healthy eating during the holidays…
The 5 Ways to Stay on Track with Healthy Eating During the Holidays
1. Moderation is the Key: I know, I know, you’ve heard that before but it really is. Don’t heap your plate with everything on the table or drink the entire carton of egg nog (although tempting). Exercise portion control for all meals (Not only during the holidays but all year round). You can print this handy guide from www.eatingrightontario.com here to help you portion out your meals.
2. Save Treats for Dessert or ‘Cheat Day’: If you’re counting calories like us, you won’t have room in your daily count to indulge in every holiday treat that’s on the break table at the office or offered at holiday parties. Learn to say “No” and treat yourself to one or two depending on size as a dessert after dinner. Or save it all for your weekly ‘Cheat Day’!
3. Plan Ahead: Meal plan and prep as much as possible during the holidays. If you’re out and about doing holiday shopping or visiting friends, it might be easy to just pull up to a drive-through window to grab a quick lunch for convenience sake. If you have a healthy lunch or snack along with you, you’ll be able to eat healthy on the go.
4. Easy on the ‘Christmas Cheer’: Did you know that a majority of your holiday calories are hidden in your glass of wine? There are approximately 625 calories in a bottle of red, which amounts to 125 calories per glass. Shots of spirits are roughly 100 calories each. If you add mixer to that, you could be consuming over 300 calories in a single drink! Limit your alcohol intake and use club soda or water as a mixer where possible to keep calories in check.
5. Keep Exercising: The holidays are such a busy time of year, it can be hard to squeeze in regular workouts or trips to the gym. Find a regular workout plan that is quick but impactful. The Kayla Itsines BBG guides are 28 minute workouts that are highly effective. Even if you only get one or two workouts in per week, it is better than nothing! Try to keep active throughout the day and stay hydrated.
I hope these tips will help you to stay on track and stay consistent with your healthy lifestyle! Remember, December is not one big cheat day! Weigh yourself every morning as a marker for how you’re doing. Make healthy choices with meals as much as possible, drink lots of water (affiliate link), keep active and you’ll easily avoid holiday weight gain all together.
With Love & Light,