Here are 7 Tips to help you get thru a Holiday week, without completely blowing your progress!!
1. Plan ahead!!!
Planning ahead is KEY anytime it comes to health/fitness. Chances are you probably don't have a holiday party EVERY day this week, right?! (And if you do, you have one heck of an exciting life compared to mine. ;) ). So, make it a point to eat super clean and follow the plan on the days you are NOT partying. Then, on the days you do have something to go to think about what the party or get together will be like.... What kind of foods will be there, what are the people going to be like, will there be soda or alcoholic beverages? Maybe you decide to make that day/party your cheat meal or day. That's totally fine!
2. Don't starve yourself.
Try eating something healthy at home before an occasion involving food, that way you aren't starving when you get there.... and will be less likely to over indulge. I usually like to eat a piece of fruit, a yogurt, or other light snack before I go. This helps to curb hunger so you don’t binge when you’re there. If the event is in the evening, make sure to have a healthy breakfast and lunch.
3. Bring your own dish.
If you're afraid there won't be an healthy options, offer to bring a healthy appetizer or dish to serve at the main meal. OR if you're hosting make a few healthy options. This way, you are assured there will be something “safe” to eat. Others will appreciate your efforts, too!
4. Drink TONS of water!!!
Water is going to make you feel fuller.... plus it will help flush out those cheats you do decide to take advantage of!!! :)
Make sure you are sticking with your normal workout schedule and maybe try to add an extra workout in if you can. A little extra cardio is never a bad things, especially when you plan on ENJOYING a lot of good foods!! PLUS exercise can help you cope with stress and depression, which are common for many people during the holidays.
6. Make smart substitutions.
Practice making your favorite dishes a little healthier. Cut the sugar by one-third in the recipe. Use trans-fat-free margarine instead of lard or butter. Use one percent or evaporated skim milk instead of whole milk or cream. There's almost always a healthy substitute.
7. Limit leftovers
If you are hosting the event, you'll want to try to make your home a safe haven afterwards. Send your guests home with the high-calorie leftovers. There are enough temptations outside the house. There is no need to make your home a difficult place to maintain control.
AND lastly.... HAVE FUN and don't stress!!! A single day of overeating is NOT going to make or break your eating plan. It takes days of overeating to gain weight. If you overindulge at a holiday meal, put it behind you. Return to your usual eating plan the next day, and leave your guilt behind. Celebrate the TRUE meaning of the Holiday... Try to give food less importance by focusing on what the holidays are really about and enjoy the time you get to spend with family and friends. :)
Wish you ALL a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!