‘Tis the Season! But what does that mean for you? The season for abundance of love, family, celebration and joy or an absorbent amount of unhealthy food, drinks, and stress?
If you are anything like me and the majority of people around the holidays, as much as we look forward to them we also have stress and a feeling of the slippery holiday slope being our ultimate demise.
But over the years, I have learned what works for me to stay healthy, balanced and stress-free and I would like to share my tips with you!
Nothing has value until its shared, so here’s my pre-season gift to you to help keep you steam rolling into the New Year!
1. Be a step ahead: Find out what events (office parties, travel, family dinners etc) you have going on during this time of year and identify what has been difficult for you in the past and what it is that you will need to be successful. Make a plan for each situation that will help you stick to your goals and stay on track.
2. Try Using Healthier Ingredients: Thankfully, there are a lot more healthy options than there were in years past. Instead of making traditional recipes of your favorite foods and desserts, try making healthier versions instead. Swap white flour for almond flour, sugar for honey, agave, xylitol, or stevia (my favorite) etc. There are so many recipes online and in cookbooks that you will definitely not be short of options.
3. Eat Beforehand: If you are going to a party or an event where you know that there will a lot of temptations, be sure to eat a healthy pre-party snack or small meal before you leave the house. This way you won’t show up starving and end up grabbing whatever it is that you can get into your stomach. Aim for something high in protein and fiber to help keep you feeling satiated. I almost ALWAYS have a full macronutrient, superfood protein shake. (The Isagenix Isalean shake is my absolute FAVORITE and the only one I feel does the trick all year round. Contact me here if you would like to hear more about it.)
4. Keep Up With Your Workout Routine: It can be easy during the holiday season to get off track because of our “busyness” and social rabbit hole. And while it may be true that you are busier than normal, you still need to make exercise a priority. Schedule your workouts into your week (so you have no excuse) and even if you are pressed for time, try doing short high-intensity workouts throughout the day. Never underestimate the power of a good 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Have an Accountability Partner: It is always easier to stick to a goal when you have someone doing it with you. Find someone that you trust, who has similar goals and most importantly, find someone who will call you out if they need to. I am a big fan of tough love, it always gets my butt in gear. It’s easy to slip up and make excuses when there is no one to keep you accountable and help you stay on course.
6. Allow Yourself Room To Indulge: It is important to not see food as the enemy. Food is fuel and a tool that works for you, but it is also a joy and a pleasure. So while you are staying focused and keeping to your goals, don’t be afraid to enjoy every once in a while with family and friends; in fact, being in a place of complete deprivation is what causes the downward spiral into a feeding frenzy. So, go ahead and enjoy yourself, it will be a nice reset for your metabolism to kick into high gear, just be sure that the next day you get back to your normal routine. The reason why people gain weight during the holidays is not from one or two given days of indulgence, but from allowing the one or two days to become weeks and months.
Wishing you the happiest (and healthiest) of holidays!