Halloween marks a time of year when people begin tracking their food less.
12 treat-size Snickers from your kiddo’s Halloween bag in – but they are so little, they don’t count right? – followed by a massive Thanksgiving dinner which takes us straight into Christmas. And who doesn’t love all the holiday goodies – sugar cookies, chocolate oranges and everyone’s favourite Christmas cake (does anyone actually like this?).
With all the merriment and feasting you might as well quit and give up on those hard-fought gains you busted your butt for all year long. Right?
Choose Your Indulgences
Instead of filling up on things you could eat all year round choose your favourite treats and budget for the calories (or macros) beforehand. Maybe it’s your Grandma’s sugar cookies or a piece of pumpkin pie loaded with whipped cream, choose the thing you love the most. Savour every bite. Enjoy it. Then carry on with your regular healthy habits.
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Avoid Drinking Calories
When you’re outlining your plan of attack for the holidays remember that oftentimes holiday inspired drinks can have a lot of calories!
A glass of wine? 200 calories a glass.
That eggnog you love sipping in front of a roaring fire? A whopping 374 calories in a cup!
If you are going to sip your calories and want to stick to your goals make sure you’re working these into your budget too!
Have you ever noticed that it’s almost expected that people will gain weight over the holidays? But should it be? We believe in having a holistic and flexible approach to eating which allows for eating foods you truly enjoy! But we’re also all for not gaining pounds we know we are just going to want to lose in the New Year.
One way to keep that unwanted weight off is to keep moving. Making exercise a priority will pay huge dividends now and later when you aren’t trying to rebuild the achievements you already made with your health.
Keep the Towel
So often people throw in the towel if they deviate from their diet even the slightest bit “Well, I messed up so I am going to keep eating everything now and start again later.” This leads to plowing through additional food and tacking on hundreds, if not thousands, of calories.
Be kinder to yourself.
Okay, you ate a few extra hundred calories. That’s fine! No sweat! You should enjoy life and that means eating the foods you love!
Don’t shame or beat yourself up for one over indulgence. Look at your next meal as a way to get back on track immediately and stop the cycle.
The holidays are all about sharing love and merriment and making great memories with family and friends. If you stick to your goals you can enjoy the best of the season and continue to progress and realize your health dreams straight into the New Year.