Here are some tips and tricks to stay fit and not feel any food-guilt over the holidays:
Bring a side dish of your own! Offer to the host that you bring a side dish to accompany their meal. Not only are you helping them out with less to cook, but you are offering your family and friends a delicious and nutritious recipe!
Use a smaller plate. Sometimes, we do not have choice of what will be served, and we do not have a way to bring our own healthy recipe. By choosing to use a smaller plate, you will eat less and still enjoy all of the delicious food provided for you!
Sample, do not indulge. Around the holidays, we are surrounded by cookies, cakes, and all types of delicious treats. So, instead of indulging and regretting those excess calories later on, sample what you would like your taste buds to try! Eating your 'sample' slowly will allow you to fully enjoy its flavours!
Wait 10-15 minutes before going up for a second serving. Enjoy conversation with family and friends while you allow your first serving digest. If, after this time, there are still a few items you would like more of, then go ahead. This way your tummy will feel more full and prevent you from becoming stuffed with extra calories! Also, drinking a big glass of water in this time will help you decide whether you are actually still hungry or just thirsty!
Don't drink your calories! Did you know that one glass of rum & eggnog can equal the same amount of calories as a fast food burger? Enjoy some holiday cheer, if you choose, but make sure not to overindulge! Find hot & healthy holiday drinks here! Here are other holiday drink options for you and your guests!
Bring your workout with you! There is never an excuse for not working out over the holidays. With a variety of workouts and exercises to do with little or no equipment, an intense 15-20 minute workout should never be forgotten! OR even better, grab your family and friends for some outdoor activities: skating, walking, and building snowmen are all great ways to have fun and burn some calories!
Keep an eye out for my next post ... a quick, intense, no equipment workout that will have you sweating!
I hope these tips help you stay with your fitness goals and to continue to be a healthy role model for those around you!