Surviving the Holidays

We are officially 2 days away from Christmas eve and 3 days away from Christmas Day.  This is definitely my favorite time of year simply because I’m a foodie at heart.  All of my favorite foods are constantly crossing my path.  Cupcakes, gingerbread cookies, brownies, you name it.  Weight gain and losing the entire year’s worth of results are also synonymous during this time of year.  Here’s my philosophy:

  1. You have been working hard all year! Did you reach your goals? If so, don’t deny yourself the foods that are out because of the holidays.  It’s ok to enjoy them.  LIVE A LITTLE!!
  2. Keep one thing constant.  If you choose to be a crazy maniac with your diet, then it’s ok to skip out on the exercise to enjoy time with your family or get the house ready for holiday festivities.  If you choose to be a glutten like me, keep your workouts consistent.
  3. Don’t go out of your way to pig out, but if you’re presented with he opportunity I recommend a 50/50 plate. 50% healthy, 50% indulgence. This is the time of year where I go from 75% clean 25% not so clean to 60% clean and 40% not so clean.
  4. The worst thing you can do is feel guilty about what you eat.  My philosophy is, if it’s going to make you feel guilty, make you feel like you have to burn off every calorie you just ate, then don’t eat.  It’s not worth driving yourself mad.
  5. Don’t have a next year mentality.  It’s a lifestyle for a reason.  It’s ok to indulge the way its ok to choose to eat healthy.  Simply go back to choosing a greater majority of health foods once the festivities are over.
  6. If you are far from your 2015 fitness goals the way I was in 2014, pick 2 days of indulgence instead of maybe 4 days of glutteny.  But don’t deprive yourself either, it leads to a greater binge in the new year.

 

Hope my tips help! Enjoy the holidays, the food, the extra family time!

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