The Christmas season is my favorite time of year! I love the family time, constant Christmas music, gift giving, and, let’s be honest, food and drinks! For some, weight gain during the holidays almost seems inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you incorporate these simple practices, you can stay the course and train through the holidays without unnecessary pounds!
Don’t interrupt your training or workout regimen during the holiday season! . Exercising is VITAL in order to keep the routine of activity in your schedule and burn off any excess calories you might consume.
Schedule races during the month of December to stay motivated to remain on track with your training plan. Check out Cajun Country Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k race here in Lafayette on December 12!
Offer to bring a healthy dish to a Christmas social or family gathering so you know there is at least one item that won’t throw you off of your plan.
Stock up on fiber rich, low calorie vegetables and lean protein. Fill half of your plate with a vegetable dish that doesn’t have added much fat (salad, vegetable tray, roasted vegetables) and use the remainder for lean protein, such as turkey, and a healthy carbohydrate.
Give yourself one bite of a fabulous item. And, when I say fabulous, I mean don’t waste it on a mediocre dessert…something really good!
Isolate your day of celebrating to the actual day of Christmas and try to follow your normal eating plan outside of that one day.
Limit your alcohol intake by drinking at least 10 fl oz of water between each alcoholic beverage.
Eat a healthy entrée before attending a social gathering, so you are not at the mercy of what’s offered in case it’s not a wise choice.
Try to mingle in the room where food is not being offered. We are oftentimes triggered by visual cues to eat even when we are not hungry.
The Christmas season is all about celebrating family and those we love. Enjoy this time and enjoy those around you that make you happy and fuel your motivation to keep moving forward. However, cherish the moments, and enjoy the foods and drinks that go with these moments.
I think Oscar Wilde was onto something when he said, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” Thank goodness Christmas only comes around once a year!