1. TRY HEALTHIER VERSIONS OF DISHES
You definitely don’t want to take away the flavor of the holidays, but try to switch out some of the more calorie-packed ingredients with a healthier alternative! There are plenty of “use this instead of this” charts circulating out there that can be helpful when making your Christmas and New Years meals.
2. GUESSTIMATE BEFOREHAND
If you know you’re going to be indulging in a holiday meal, give yourself some portion and calorie goals to set for each meal so you know you won’t go overboard when the time comes to sit down and go to work!
3. HAVE A MANTRA
Having a mantra keeps you focused on your goal. It makes your choices come second nature because you know the steps you must take to get to where you want to be. Try saying something like “I workout and eat nutritiously because I love and appreciate my body for all the ways it supports me every day, not because I hate it the way it is right now.”
4. EXERCISE BEFORE — AND/OR AFTER
Get a good sweat in the morning before you head to that holiday party, or after you’ve had some time to digest all of that good food. You might break even on your daily caloric intake, but atleast you won’t have all of those extra calories to store as fat throughout the day.
5. EAT WHAT YOU’LL BE DISAPPOINTED YOU MISSED
Go for the foods that you absolutely KNOW you were looking forward to indulging in, that way you can fill up on those and you don’t have to stuff them in after everything else has been devoured.
6. … OR EAT A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
If #5 is too limiting for you, go ahead and have everything you have your heart set on; however, instead of taking a regular serving size, cut that in half or take very small portions.
7. LOG EVERYTHING, TOO
When you write your meals down, you can actually see what you’re putting in your body, and you become more aware of your bad habits. This makes you more conscious of the choices you make in the future.
8. OBEY YOUR SATIETY CUES
You actually are full a little while before you get that “stuffed” feeling. Stop before you get to that point and let your food digest a bit. You can always go back for seconds if you are still feeling hungry, or if you just can’t say no to the holiday pie!
9. DRESS UP
Instead of wearing those yoga pants that let your stomach stretch to its limit, try wearing a nice pair of jeans that make you feel good about your body, and that you plan on still fitting in come the new year! This will keep you on track instead of fitting any and everything into that belly.
10. PACK SNACKS
Sometimes all you need is a little pick me up like a pack of nuts or a piece of fruit to hold you over until dinnertime. Instead of reaching for those snickerdoodles, grab a healthy snack you brought.
11. BRING A HEALTHY SIDE
In addition to healthy snacks, another idea is to bring a side that you find delicious, but that still doesn’t knock you off track of your goals. Other people might appreciate this too!
12. EAT HEALTHY AT HOME
Try to eat a well-rounded breakfast that will fill you up and keep you within your daily calorie needs so that you’ll feel better about going a little overboard on the stuffing and Christmas punch later.
13. MAKE HOLIDAYS YOUR CHEAT DAYS
There’s no reason to completely deprive yourself of good food and sweets made by your loved ones. If you do keep yourself from these guilty pleasures, there’s a pretty big chance you’ll end up binging on them if you finally give in, and that can be worse than just lightly indulging in the first place.
14. SIGN UP FOR A 2018 RACE
Give yourself a reason to train hard after the holidays. Set a goal to participate in a 5K or even a marathon and find friends to do it with you! The accountability of the race and your group will make it easier to get right back on track at the start of the new year.
15. DON’T SWEAT IT
If all else fails, REMEMBER- no one is perfect (including you) and you can always start over at any time. So don’t sweat the small stuff, because in the end, it’s ALL small stuff!
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