Good news #fitfam: it doesn't have to be that way! It's important to take it one day at a time and not beat yourself up over eating a cookie. However, you can make better, more conscious decisions with your long-term goals in mind. My friend and trainer, Lily of Le Fit Plan, and I have put together our top tips for happy healthy holidays - Thanksgiving and year 'round!
1. Stay hydrated
Water not only quenches our thirst, but since it's a natural appetite suppressant... it reduces hunger. If that's not enough, studies have shown drinking water improves heart health, keeps our kidneys working, and could even help prevent headaches.
2. Don't skip breakfast
Why wouldn't we want to fuel our bodies after a night of sleeping? Eating a breakfast high in fiber will and low in carbs will give you fuel and make you feel less tired during the day. Plus, you won't be starving by lunchtime that you over eat.
3. Party Plan
Make a list of all of your holiday plans ahead of time. If you know you have parties all week at night workout in the morning to stay consistent. Don't use "I'm too busy" as an excuse- make a plan and stick to it.
4. Indulge wisely
Allow yourself treats on the day of a holiday only! We don't gain weight from overeating once or twice. Overeating for weeks at a time between each holiday is where you can do serious damage to your progress.
5. Load up on the veggies
Produce is low in calories and high in fiber - which fills you up faster. And, duh, they're good for you! Fill your plate with mostly vegetables, then add in a smaller portion of other foods such as mashed potatoes and casseroles.
6. Stop eating when you're full
Mindful eating is a great way to cut back on calories we consume, especially for the holidays. But, it can be hard to stop reaching for food our minds tell us we need to eat more. It's okay to indulge but listen to your body and ask yourself if you really need seconds.
7. Stay active
Sweat it out! Gyms are often less than packed during the holidays so why not try out a new group fitness class that you've been eyeing each week to keep your routine fresh and interesting. Or, go for a walk around town with your family!
8. Get Accountable
The holidays are hard for EVERYONE. Partner up with a like-minded friend and help each other stay on track!
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