It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but how can we navigate Christmas parties, gingerbread making, neighbor treats, hot chocolate bars and eggnog while keeping our fitness and nutrition goals.
Let have both! This season lets eliminate guilt and enjoy some favorite holiday traditions.
Most holiday traditions have some sort of food related with it, and that is ok! As a kid my Aunt would always bring a homemade cheeseball with crackers to at least one of our family parties, it was delicious! Do I eat cheeseballs every week, no. Actually it was the only time we ate cheeseballs, but it was yummy and fun!
Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy the holidays without guilt:
- Keep all your meals in check so you can splurge at the party. You have a dinner party that night where you know you will indulge in cream sauce and dessert, so keep all your other meals and snacks that day PERFECT (check out our PFPF Perfect Plate), lots of water, veggies and clean food-plus get that workout in. So you can enjoy the company party and not be the guest that is not eating.
- Be picky! Eat the sweets and desserts that you really love don’t eat them just because they are there! I don’t love store bought cookies, so I will wait for my sisters homemade mint brownies on Christmas Eve. If the time comes and you are full and you don’t feel like that brownie-great don’t eat it. Don’t build food up so much in your mind that you can’t change your decision based on how you are feeling.
- Don’t sabotage all your meals. So you over ate at a party, move on! Next morning start fresh get your workout in, eat your clean breakfast. Don’t let one splurge affect your whole week. Check out our 10 Week Transformation plan that gives you a “free day” every week.
- Don’t starve yourself all day so you can splurge at the party! When we are starving we tend to make the poorest food choices. You will go to the party and eat everything in site. Instead, eat like you normally would during the day so when it comes time for that party you can make rational decisions on is it worth it or not.
- Out of site out of mind. Once you have indulged in a yummy tradition or treat get rid of it. If it is laying around the house you will mindless snack at it for the next few days.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.