With the holidays just around the corner, you can smell almost all food and baked goods. There are so many social gatherings and parties. How can someone say no EVERYTHING from that? Well, my philosophy of living the Fit Life is “everything in measure”. With this in mind, I have put together some tips and advice below to help you “cheat” a little, but also to maintain your body during this holiday season.
Eat before you go
If you go to a party and are hungry, you are more likely to encounter bad foods. Before you go, eat something that contains protein and / or fiber. This will quench your appetite and keep you feeling full longer than if you had eaten something with only carbohydrates.
Drink plenty of water
Water is always very important – not just during holidays. However, if you are hungry during a meeting and are not making healthy choices, you can get that “full” feeling simply by drinking water. Not only do they stay hydrated, they also curb your appetite.
Bring a healthy dish
Many gatherings have healthy choices before and after the main meal. Most of the time there are raw vegetables and fruits to nibble on, but just in case, bring your own healthy dish. That way, when you happen to have no healthy options, you know you have one.
Watch your portions
As I mentioned earlier, all in moderation. If you want a piece of cake, you definitely have it. The trick is to only consume a small portion of it to curb your food cravings. I don’t think it’s a very good idea to self-deprive because most of the time it’s just what you feel like doing! Having things that aren’t necessarily on your “good healthy choices” list won’t harm you unless you make a habit of eating that particular food all the time and if you don’t overdo it.
Not only does protein help build and maintain muscle mass, it also helps you feel full.
Enjoy your food
When you sit down to eat, take your time and enjoy what you eat. It’s about the experience – spending time with family and friends and living in the moment. When you rush through the meal, the experience isn’t quite as satisfying and often results in seconds and overeating as you don’t allow your brain enough time to tell you that you are full.
The best way not to gain a few pounds while on vacation is to not only make sure that you are exercising continuously, but also to exercise the day after the meeting. I make sure to hit the weights hard NEXT Day and shove all that good food into a weak part of the body. For example, if I was trying to build muscle in my shoulders, I would train my shoulders the day after the holiday meal. Your strength and energy should be increased by the calorie influx, so make full use of it!
Skip the alcohol or limit intake
Of course, if I made a recommendation I would say skip the alcohol altogether. But let’s face it, most people will have a drink or two over the holidays. When you go out drinking, avoid the fruity drinks. Think of each as a dessert. Having five fruity drinks is similar to having five slices of cake – on top of all of the other rich foods you will have during dinner.
Ignore the pressure
There is great peer pressure during the holidays. “Come on, one bite doesn’t hurt!” “What do you mean that you don’t drink?” or you TO HAVE to try that! “are common phrases I’ve heard in the past. When you want a dessert or a drink, hold up to your guns and politely say,” No thanks! “Whatever you do, don’t look back and regret one thing.
Pumpkin protein shake
Try this recipe after your next workout!
4 ice cubes
2 cups of unsweetened original almond milk
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
1 tbsp chia seeds or ground flax seeds
3 tbsp pumpkin puree
3 shakes of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon (or as much as you like)
Mix together and enjoy!
This information is for general purposes only. Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise or diet / supplement program.