Eating healthily and sticking to a workout schedule can be difficult during anytime of the year but around the holidays it can seem damn near impossible. Lucky for you, we’ve got five tips that will encourage you to eat well, stay active, and get through the holidays with your midsection still in tact.
Everything in Moderation
This may go without saying, but eating moderately during the holiday season is truly the way to go. If you deny yourself holiday delights then you only risk binging later, not to mention that’s just no fun. However, if you pig out you’ll regret it come ski season when your core is like jello and you can’t make those sweet runs. Here’s how to moderate:
-Keep you normal eating and working out routine throughout the holidays but allow yourself to splurge for parties and gatherings
-2 or 3 days after a big splurge, go for a long bike ride, run, or hike to work off some of those extra calories but also just for the fun of it
-Though it may be difficult, politely turn down office treats that seem to pop up EVERYWHERE during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Is it just us or do Thanksgiving treat start appearing a month before Turkey Day? Same goes for Xmas. Indulge the day of and nothing more
Heat it Up
The Raw foodies aren’t gonna like this but studies have shown that some hot foods increase digestion and make you feel more full. Not to mention, the psychological and spiritual benefit of hot food is, at times, obvious: On a cold day there’s nothing better than a steaming pot of chilie or savory comfort food. During the winter months, try to have one hot meal a day. This may make you feel more full and satisfied, thus deterring you from holiday binging.
Practice a Little Self-Prohibition
Frothy beer, robust red wine, and decadent scotch are just a few of the alcoholic delights you can expect to find at parties and holiday gathering. However, these drinks are chockerbock full of calories and may pack a wicked punch the next morning if you overindulge, potentially killing your workout. That being said, limit yourself to 2 drinks per party or go for the drinks that are lower in calories such as light beers and vodka.
A Spoonful of Sugar
The holidays inevitably bring sugary treats. Fudge, cookies, and candies tempt your resolve at every turn. But never fear, for your sweet tooth can be satisfied in a healthier way with these simple tricks. These options are lower in sugar than you fudges and cookies, provide you with your daily fruit allowance, and are delicious!
-Apples topped with peanut butter and crasins
-Grilled pineapple, drizzled with agave and dusted with cinnamon
-Greek yogurt, topped with fruit and a tablespoon of chocolate chips
Because the holidays are such a busy time of year, you may have the urge to eat out more. Between shopping, running errands, dropping the kids off, and making it to the gym, getting to the grocery store much less preparing meals may end up at the bottom of you list. To that we give a bit of encouragement by strongly suggesting that you slow down and make it your goal to eat at home at least 4 nights a week. Not only is this typically more healthy but it will also save your pocket book. Some helpful tips on how to eat in include:
-Schedule time every week for meal planning and grocery shopping. Go with your roommates or significant others and make it a ritual
-Prepare meals in advance. Soups, pickled veggies, and rice all either keep well or can be frozen.
-Encourage everyone in your household to help. Perhaps you do the cooking and your husband does the grocery shopping and the clean up. If you live with roommates it can be fun to take turns cooking each night. Eating at home is much easier and more enjoyable when it can be shared.
-Foods rich in vitamin C such as kiwi, oranges, kale, and spinach should be eaten regularly during the winter months to promote a healthy immune system. This will ensure that you’re in tip-top shake for skiing, snowshoeing and all things Outdoors.
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