Getting through the holidays can be tough when you’re trying to eat right. We’ll be at Disney World around Christmas, when I’ll be taking some time off my regimen and not necessarily sticking to an eating plan. But I still want to be mindful.
If you struggle with your nutrition and exercise programs during these holiday months, you might try planning ahead and use these tips to get you through.
- Have a nutrition plan to stick to. Personally, I have the most success when I’m eating on a plan. I recently started a new round of 21 Day Fix Extreme, which will take me through Thanksgiving. I have a soccer trip right afterward, and I plan to bring healthy meals with me to stay on track. If I plan, it’s easy. But if I fail to plan, things can (and usually do) go south quickly.
- Eat healthy before a party. Shakeology is an easy grab-and-go snack or meal to have before you go to a party. Fill up on healthy foods before you go and you’ll be less tempted to indulge during the party.
- Decide before you arrive. Before you go to the party, decide what you’re going to indulge in. Are you going to have a drink or two? Are you sticking to whole foods? Is there a specific treat that you just really enjoy? Have a plan ahead of time.
- Give yourself permission to slip. It’s okay if you fail. Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve had a bad day sticking to your nutritional plan. And definitely don’t give up and say, “I’ll just start in January.” Every day is a new day, so start fresh tomorrow.
- Find accountability partners. Challenge groups are great for maintaining accountability, but sometimes we need someone in our real life—a friend, a neighbor, a spouse—to help us. It’s easier to make good choices when you have support.
- Do your part. If you’re headed out to a holiday party or potluck, bring something healthy and delicious. If nothing else, you’ll have something you can snack on without feeling guilty.
- Stay active. If you’re not already in an exercise routine, start now. If you have a routine, stick to it. Even if your nutrition isn’t perfect, if you’re active you’ll feel better about having that tasty holiday treat. Plus, the chances of your clothes still fitting in the new year are way higher!
Winner Winner – Count Your Dinner
It takes 21 days to establish a habit. If you start now, you’ll already be in the groove for Christmas. To help you get started, I’m giving away a set of 21 Day Fix bead bracelets to two lucky winners. What do you have to do? Just comment below and let me know your goals for the holiday season!
I’ll be drawing the winners on November 30 so you can have your bracelets in time to start December off right.
And if you feel like you need some extra support, or a reward for staying on track, contact me. I’m starting a challenge group on December 1 (because we all can use support leading up to the end of the year)!