Christmas Survival Guide

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For people who are learning about healthy eating habits or trying to adhere to a new healthy lifestyle, the holiday season can certainly pose some challenge to reaching your fitness goals. Would you believe that you can still stick to your healthy eating habits and enjoy the parties and festive treats with your friends and family? Check out these few simple tips and tricks on how to survive the Christmas season without sabotaging your nutrition goals.

Exercise:
Working out to expend calories and rev up your metabolism is a given when it comes to sticking to your nutrition goals. An added benefit to allocating your training time to the morning is the effect is has on your food choices throughout the day. Evidence suggests that you’re more likely to make healthy food choices throughout the day if you exercise in the morning. From a psychological perspective, it’s easier to adhere to portion control or say “no” to high calorie foods if you have already worked out in the morning. Furthermore, it is also demonstrated that morning exercise works as a stimulant, making you feel more energized throughout the day which means not only will you make healthier choices, but you’ll also have more energy and stamina to tackle all your shopping and other errands. Bonus: you won’t need to sacrifice Christmas movie time in the evening!

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Eat a Healthy Breakfast:
In the same way that morning exercise starts you off in a positive mindset to make healthier choices throughout the day, eating a well-balanced healthy breakfast can do the same. It’s tempting to binge on cookies and other treats when they’re readily available (even in the morning) but by choosing a breakfast that has a healthy distribution of carbohydrates, fat, and protein you’re less likely to self-sabotage throughout the day. As always, preparation is key, so simple breakfast solutions like overnight oats with fruit and nuts, a few boiled eggs and lots of water to drink are a great way to start your morning.

Overeating:
Eating those tasty treats or delicious meals is going to happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to overeat. Eating mindfully will not only help you with portion control but it will also allow you to better appreciate the holiday events you’re attending. Tips to avoid overeating are:
Out of sight, out of mind. Avoid buying less nutritious snack foods altogether and you won’t be tempted to pick at them at home.
–        At parties don’t hover around the snack table
–        Eat with others! By eating by yourself you’re more likely to pick at foods and overeat
–        Enjoy the foods you eat but remember: excessively consuming them doesn’t make them taste better!

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Drinking:
Alcohol seems like the calories that never happened! It is so easy to have a few drinks and consume a larger amount than anticipated without even realizing.
–        Drink 2 full glasses of water after every alcoholic beverage
–        Sip slowly
–        Opt for soda water with lime and lemon as mixers instead of sugar pop or juice
–        Opt for lower sugar spirits like vodka, gin, or dry wine.

Oh and eggnog, has way more calories then you realize 😉Image result for eggnog moose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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