Holidays are known for wreaking havoc in our weight and overall health. The average person gains anywhere from 5 to 11 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and rarely are we able to lose all of it during the year after! You may think: “It’s only once a year, so why not splurge, right?” Well part of the femme lifestyle is having control over all aspects of our lives – including our health!
Lets admit it, it’s easy to binge on delicious cocktails, turkey (extra gravy please!) and desserts. We barely stand a chance during the holiday season. But, as a professional holistic health coach, I’ve been coaching people for years on how to stay on track during the holidays while still enjoying the festivities and trust me – I know it’s a challenge, but definitely one worth the effort.
Here are my top ten tips on surviving the temptations of the holiday season:
1. Have a healthy breakfast. Don’t let dinner be your first meal; drink lots of water during the day and keep your meals as healthy as possible before the evening.
2. Eat real, whole natural foods. Avoid prepackaged anything and fill ½ of your plate with vegetables, ½ with lean protein (turkey) and only ¼ with starches such as sweet potatoes, rice, etc.
3. Start eating the healthy stuff first. Go easy on the gravy and please, please skip the bread or rolls!
4. Be your own “Food Police.” Before you eat, survey the food at the table and decide what you’re going to choose and then practice portion control. Don’t waste time on food you can eat all year long.
5. If you are the one doing the cooking, make sure to lighten your meals. Here are some tips:
- Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy
- Use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.
- Reduce the amount of oil and butter used wherever you can
- Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.
6. Watch out your alcohol consumption. Trust me on this, you don’t want to binge eat after having one too many.
7. Remember to stay active. Go for a walk after dinner if possible or help in the kitchen. Cooking and cleaning burn lots of calories too!
8. Say no the next day. Skip the leftovers the day after and get back on track right away.
9. Schedule some gym time. Plan a workout with your girlfriends the next day.
10. Remember, it’s the holidays. Be grateful and enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!