The holidays are time spent with family and friends. They are filled with hope, love, joy, and laughter. They are filled with tradition and delicious food. Our hope, no matter how you spend your holiday or with whom you spend it, is that you do just enjoy all that has to offer, including the delicious food!
Believe it or not, it is possible to enjoy your holiday, with all of its traditions, while remaining on track with your nutrition goals.
Below are a few of our favorite tips and tricks to have you cruising through the holidays.
1. Prioritize protein and produce.
The afternoons will be filled with snacks, sweet treats and delicious dinners. Make sure you start your day strong with a solid protein and produce filled breakfast to help prevent cravings and overeating on carbs and fats. Some of my favorite “go to” snacks are as follows:
- Plain greek yogurt with a sliced apple
- Eggs with cottage cheese
- Hard boiled eggs
- Flavored greek yogurt with fruit
- Grilled chicken with veggies and hummus
2. Don’t skip your daily movement.
Go for a walk, hit the gym, take a bike ride. Head over to www.osi-online.com and pick a few workouts from the video library. Whatever it looks like, get it done. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a weight loss journey or even just wanting to maintain where you are, getting in your daily movement will help increase your energy output to counteract your increased energy input (aka eating delicious holiday food)!
3. Turn your mid-afternoon sweet treat into a balanced snack.
Just add a portion of protein to it! It doesn’t have to be complicated nor does it have to look like a formal meal. Here are a few options:
- Top your pie with plain greek yogurt instead of whipped cream
- Enjoy a half cup of cottage cheese alongside your pie
- Crush a few turkey slices alongside that pumpkin roll
4. Remember to hydrate.
Drinking water will not only keep you hydrated but will also curb cravings and keep you feeling quite jolly. Feel free to add a hydration multiplier or enhancer like LMNT for a little extra pizazz.
5. Have fun and give yourself a break.
Between now and the end of the year, it is only a few days of your overall nutrition journey. Just like it’s never one thing, it’s not going to be a few days that will undo all of your hard work.
Taking the time to still prioritize our health during holidays and busy times significantly impacts our long term health and wellbeing. We need to make informed decisions about what we eat and how we nourish our bodies.
We’ve tried to keep things simple in our approach but if you find you’re needing more support and accountability, we recommend setting up an appointment with us for Nutrition Coaching support. With personalized advice and support you can develop the nutrition habits and food skills that fit your unique needs and goals.
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