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Tis the season! It’s that time of year again! Celebrating with friends, family and attending many other social events! Eat, drink and be merry!

But at the same time avoid taking it too far! We tend to use the Holidays as an excuse to eat too much, drink too much and well to put it bluntly, to be lazy!

Running around the mall does not make you physically active for the positive results you are aiming for. Even though being at the mall during the holidays can definitely feel like a workout!

Whether you have been regular at the gym or just getting started, either way, don’t let your results go down the drain just because of the Holidays! Here are some helpful hints to stay on track over the holidays:

1. If you have a bunch of social events to attend in one week, don’t panic! Use a small plate and only pick the things you know you will enjoy. Don’t eat just to eat. Keep the portions small. There is no need to fill up a large plate of food. At that point you are just doing it because you want to try everything. Most of the time you don’t like half of what you took but you eat it anyway! The guilt of over indulging is not worth it. But don’t feel guilty for eating a bit of food that may not be your norm! If anything you will feel great about it at the end of the week when you get through it knowing you kept it under control.

2. At the social events where you want to remain on track, offer to bring something and make it a healthy dish!

This way you can nibble on that and any other healthy dishes they have, like salad, veggies, chicken skewers and fruit.

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3. Eat a small snack before you go so you aren’t starving when you get there! Best thing would be some protein to maintain blood sugar levels. This way you won’t crave the sugar and you won’t overindulge.

4. Keep the alcohol to a minimum! Skip the eggnog! If you are choosing that gathering to have some drinks, make sure you have a designated driver! Avoid drinking at the other gatherings! Not worth the empty calories and lack of motivation you will feel the next day!

5. If you are right handed, keep your non-alcoholic beverage in that hand. You will be less likely to reach for food.

6. Don’t stand near the food table! You won’t pick if you aren’t near it.

7. For a sit down meal, put small portions on your plate and eat slowly. It takes a bit for your body to register it’s full. Eating slow allows you to stop from eating too much!

8. If you are having guests to your place, send leftovers with others so you don’t have the bulk of the food in your fridge. Lighten up your recipes, they won’t know the difference!!!

9. If you are trying to stay on track make sure your hostess/host knows. This way they will more than likely not bug you about eating or not eating. They may even add a little some healthy to their menu because they suddenly feel the need to stay healthy themselves!

10. Don’t stop working out! If you don’t have a lot of time, this is when you change up your phase in training and do some HIIT and circuit training. It’s more efficient! Take walks or play games like WII with the family. Twister anyone!?

 

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11. Have a plan. Be prepared. If you go from work to an event and didn’t plan your meals for that day, you are more than likely to eat more of the foods you shouldn’t be eating! Plan workouts or activity to keep you moving so you are burning that fat and extra calories you may be eating.

Main thing is to remain positive! The problem with overeating is it affects your mood and brings you down. It also can come with some guilt.

If you plan your days properly and don’t go off that plan, you will feel better about yourself. Overeating makes you want to keep eating because it’s messing with your insulin. Really keep to the plan and get back on track with healthy eating right after! Keep the blood flowing and the endorphins going! Exercise will keep you in an amazing mood and burn off those extra calories!

The Holidays may involve Santa but that doesn’t mean you have to look like him! Enjoy, have fun but stay healthy! You won’t regret it!