Holidays are known for wreaking havoc on our weight and overall health. The average person gains anywhere from 5 to 11 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years, and rarely lose all of it during the year after. You may say: “it’s only once a year, so why not splurge, right?”. Nop, we girl-bosses don’t splurge… at least not on food anyways!
I’ll be the first to say it can be easy to binge on yummy cocktails, turkey if you eat meat (extra gravy please!) and deserts. But let’s be realistic for a minute here ok? it’s almost like we don’t stand a chance!
I’ve been coaching people for years on how to stay on track during the holidays and reduce their meat + processed food intake, while still enjoying the festivities (I even created a 15+ pages e-Book on how to survive the holidays!) and trust me I know it’s a challenge; but definitely it’s worth the effort and you’ll end up feeling super badass when you come out on the other side of the holidays swinging harder than JLo.
… So let’s not delay more, here are some of my best tips for ‘ya!
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Tips For a Healthier Holiday
1. Have a healthy breakfast
Don’t let dinner be your first meal – make a green smoothie – add tons of greens, your favorite fruit and at least 1 scoop of plant-based protein.
2. Drink lots of water
Hydration is KEY in this game! Try drinking tons of water during the day and to keep your meals as healthy as possible before the evening.
3. Eat real, whole natural foods
Avoid prepackaged anything and fill ½ of your plate with vegetables, ½ with protein (turkey —if you eat meat, tempeh, tofu) and only ¼ with starches such as sweet potatoes, rice, etc.
4. Start eating the healthy stuff first
I know, I know… but trust me on this! With so many yummy plant-based options it’s getting easier everytime to go for the healthy stuff first. Oh, and go easy on the gravy and pleaseeee, please skip the bread if you can (please don’t hate me!).
5. Be your own “Food Police”
I mean, let’s be honest here, we’re not kids and we can make conscious choices all the time… Before you eat, survey the food at the table and decide what you’re going to choose and then practice portion control. Don’t waste time on food you can eat all year long!
6. Need to use broth?
If you use broth for any of your recipes, like for example making a gravy, use vegetable broth instead. Less sodium and fat!
7. Use sugar substitutes
As I’ve told you many times before, sugar is the enemy ALWAYS! Try using sugar substitutes like brown rice malt syrup or stevia in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.
8. Reduce oil and butter wherever you can
Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.
9. Watch out your alcohol consumption
I know, I KNOW! Candy stf… right? I mean, I’m all for having fun and you guys know I love a good wine moment, but the key is moderation. TRUST me on this, you don’t want to binge eat after having one too many.
10. Prefer low-calorie drinks Vs. hard liquor
An awesome excuse for champagne, prosecco or your favorite cava!
11. Remember to stay active
Help in the kitchen. Cooking and cleaning burn lots of calories too!
12. Skip the leftovers the next day
If you come from a Latino family like me, you know this is nearly impossible, but hey, if you’re really into it and you want to be mindful this is an awesome tip to follow to get back on track right away.
13. Plan a workout with your friends the next day
Great excuse to wear those super cute new leggings you bought yourself the other day!
14. Above all, remember to be grateful and enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones
That’s what really matters…
Even if you fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up. We’re not perfect, and being perfect is boring anyway!
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TREAT FOR YOU GUYS
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Happy to leave you well equipped to enjoy your holidays, stay healthy and get back on track in no time.