Good rising, everyone! It's Christmas Eve and today is the day when our friends and family prepare most of their delectable Christmas meals. Holidays are the ULTIMATE "cheat days." I know that while being on a healthy fitness journey, it can be hard to stay on the right track and to stay away from binge eating. Now, I must admit that when it comes to family dinners, whether it's during the holidays or not, I suffer from this particular demon. I love food, but food doesn't necessarily love me when it comes to my weight. If you come from a family like mine, your holiday dinners consist of cheesy, starchy, sugary, saucy, fatty goodness and you may be wondering, "How will I ever survive this holiday season?" I am here to tell you that there is NO way to avoid all of that food from being on that dinner table and that it is all about compromising. If you want to remain on the right path and keep that body that you've worked so hard for, I have a few tips to share with you for your holiday/family dinners.
Binge eating is of the devil! Say "NO" to piling up that plate! I'm sure your friends and family are going to want you to, but remember, you are on a mission. You also have to think, "Is this really worth all of the hard work that I've accomplished so far?" NO! IT IS NOT! Stay strong warrior! It's all about using that muscle called will power.
Don't Over Do It With The Drinks (If You Are Legal... Or Not)
When you are intoxicated, you are unaware of what you are eating and how much you are eating. Keep it cute and drink an alcoholic beverage or two, depending on how you're feeling after the first glass. Don't pack on the empty calories, make good choices. Once you've had enough, drink water for the rest of the night to help cleanse your body and to get full faster.
It's All About The Portions, Baby
I love cheese. Yes, I can say this out loud and I'm not ashamed to make this claim and you shouldn't either. You can dabble in the Mac and Cheese, meats (if you're not a vegetarian or vegan), casseroles, the rice dishes and all, but you have to eat them in smaller portions. I always make sure that there are more veggies on my plate than anything else. Remember, the smaller the portions of the not-so-healthy foods, the less work you have to do to burn those calories.
If It Ain't About The Veggies
I never understood why people don't like vegetables. They're great! With the right seasonings, you are good to go! If you want to pile up your plate or if you're still hungry and want to go for seconds, go straight for the veggies. I always make sure that there are more veggies on my plate than anything else because I want to make sure that I am making good choices when it comes to my food intake.
You Can Have Dessert
Shocker. I know. BUT, like I said, we are talking about the ULTIMATE "cheat days" here! There is nothing wrong with indulging in SOME sweets SOMETIMES, but you must also be aware of how much you are ingesting.
You have options
1. Go halfsies with a family member or a friend.
2. Cut slithers instead of slices.
3. Take a couple of bites of that irresistible slice of cake and tap out.
4. Don't even stick around for the dessert round of this fight. Start your workout routine earlier than you'd planned.
I know that this is the toughest round of them all, but you have to stick to your guns and know your limits.
I hope these tips & tricks will help you during the holidays. I am definitely going to take my own advice and keep my eyes on the prize. Remember, sometimes you have to compromise and not deprive yourself of the yummy food and festivities. Keep in mind the 80/20 rule: What you do 80% of the time is what matters the most when it comes to your healthy fitness journey. Happy Holidays and enjoy the 20%!
What will you be doing to stay disciplined during the holiday season? I want to hear all about it! Comment, email, or send me your stories on Facebook or Instagram. Make sure you tag and share them with #heythatsjaz.