Eating clean is not easy during the holidays! Prepare yourself now to avoid fatty, salty, sugary temptations. Planning will be your best friend. So here are six tools you can arm yourself with during the holidays:
- 1. Plan your meals—figure out what you are eating for the entire week, prepare a detailed grocery list, buy all your whole, healthy food and prep it. I shop for vegetables twice a week. When I get home, I’ll wash and chop so its ready to be thrown into salads, boxed lunches or green smoothies. It takes time, but it will pay off!
- 2. Eat before parties—A hungry stomach will trick your hungry “eat bad” brain into indulging in processed, fatty treats filled with cheese, nitrates and preservatives. Opt for the vegetable tray, or a salad. I always bring “my famous salad” to parties so I know I can eat that!
- 3. Graciously accept the neighborhood cookies…then toss em!–This sounds so rude, but do you really want all that sugary temptation around? Just throw them in the trash..seriously!
- 4. Exercise Exercise Exercise—Your holiday stress will decrease, your jeans will thank you. Keep up your exercise routine throughout the craziness of the holidays. Cut your workout down to 20 minutes if you need to…just squeeze it into your day.
- 5. Allow yourself small cheats to avoid a major food binge—I hate being denied anything for too long. Allow yourself your favorite things during the holidays…a glass of red wine, dark chocolate with almond butter, or chips and salsa. Just don’t have them every day! We all need to enjoy our comfort foods once in a while. My husband’s motto: “Everything in moderation…including moderation!”
- 6. Keep a food journal—Writing down everything you put in your mouth is a great deterrent. It reminds me to choose my calories. I would rather have 180 calories from 2 tablespoons of almond butter instead of a handful of tortilla chips.
Have a great holiday season. Enjoy your family, children, friends, pets…soak it all in! I am so looking forward to spending quality time with my extended family, friends and neighbors and staying skinny while I do it.