The holidays are upon us, and everyone knows what that means – food, food, and more food! But, without a few simple “rules” in place, it can be really hard to keep up with your normal workout and eating routine. Below is a short list of tips that will help you avoid the disappointment of overindulging during the holiday season.
PICK YOUR POISON
Whenever you’re headed to a Holiday Party, negotiate with yourself ahead of time. Instead of feeling totally deprived, allow yourself to have one treat. Whether it’s a cocktail or a glass of wine, bread and butter at dinner, or a slice of pie for dessert, give yourself the freedom of savoring the treat of your choice.
Eat an apple 30 minutes before you go to dinner! It’s filling, nutritious and will fill you up just enough so you won’t overindulge on those pesky treats.
DRINK ENOUGH H20
This is not a new tip, but sometimes it’s very easy to confuse hunger with thirst. Make sure you are drinking lots of water, especially in cold months. Not only will it save your skin from winter dryness, but it can help put off hunger and support proper digestion as well.
Soup Please: I know you think ordering that salad at dinner will save you some calories, but a warm bowl of winter soup can be comforting, hearty and nutritious, to boot! Tip: go for soups with a broth base.
SCOPE OUT THE MENU
If you’re going out to dinner a lot during the holidays, check the restaurant’s menu before you arrive. Deciding on your meal ahead of time eliminates the risk of an impulse order or peer pressure at the table. Plus, everyone knows that the power of choice and planning ahead will never fail you.
Bring your own snacks to the party! When you do this, you’ll know there will be at least one thing at the soiree that won’t wreck your caloric bank. My fave snack is a healthy onion dip – I swap Greek yogurt for mayo and sour cream and pair it with raw beet chips
-Shay Kostabi, Fabletics Master