Christmas is a week ago away! Just think of all those delicious treats… but remember, if you’re anything like me, it will go straight to your hips! Thank goodness for our friend Brooke Lazor being our voice of reason. Last week she had part one of her holiday tips to keep off the pounds and eating in moderation, this week is part 2!
Brooke here again with part 2 of my tips to keep yourself healthy and happy over the holiday season.
6. Go Dutch.
Life is short, so I don’t ever tell my clients to deprive themselves of things they love – it’s
about keeping the amount of “indulgence” you enjoy in check. If there are a few different
sweets you’ve got your eye on on the cookie tray, choose a few that you want to try, cut
them in half and share with your sweetheart… or annoying younger brother.. or strange
guy from work who’s had too much to drink. That’ll work too. 😉 This way you get to
enjoy the treats you want to enjoy, but in moderation.
5. Liquid Landmines.
Ok, so here’s the thing. I really love Egg Nog. I know a few people who don’t, but they’re
crazy, cuz I love Egg Nog. Ha ha! Ok ok, I’m joking, and I wish I could say the same for
the calorie count on a Rum + Egg Nog! Take a look at how it measures up.
Balanced Lunch Example: 400 calories, 40 grams of carbs, 25 grams of protein and 10
grams of fat
1 cup Egg Nog with 1 oz Rum: 365 calories, 42 grams of carbs, 8 grams of protein, 10
grams of fat
Crazy, huh? The point I’m making is that if we’re not careful, these delicious little liquid
landmines can do some serious damage. If you really love Egg Nog as much as I do,
set a boundary – limit yourself to one serving per party and be aware of the fact that to
your body, it is the same as eating an entire meal! A much better solution around the
holidays is to opt for something like a Gin + Soda – use a low calorie mixer like sparkling
water; add a splash of pure cranberry juice, and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime for a
light, tart treat. Even better – enjoy a glass of red wine which is not only calorie-
controlled, but chock full of health benefits!
4.Lean + Green
While I’m sure you’ve heard that eating “lean and green” is a really great idea all year
round, it truly is one of those super important keys to maintaining and achieving a
healthy weight – especially around the holidays! Many of our holiday treats and excess
snacking revolve around… you guess it.. CARBS! By focusing on getting enough lean
proteins and fibre before Holiday Outings you will be filling your belly with some nice,
nutritious foods which leaves less room for overdoing it on the carb-heavy treats later
Keep your fridge stocked with some pre-cut veggies like cucumber and broccoli so
they’re easy to grab and pair them with a nice, protein-packed dip like tzaziki. When you
find some spare time in your busy holiday schedule, hard boil a few eggs and cook a
few chicken breasts to keep in the fridge so that you have always something quick, easy
and nutritious to reach for besides the cookie jar!
3. Be Body Aware
I am all for bundling up in this polar weather but one thing to be weary of is how easily
all of these fuzzy fleecy layers hide an extra pound or two. Now, I understand that may
be what we’re actually aiming at doing some of the time, but why not just be more
conscious of our habits, change them, and prevent those extra pounds from creeping up
in the first place?!
Ladies, pull out those skinny jeans! Men, those fitted button-up shirts that become a-
little-too-fitted around this time of the year – dig them up out of the closet! Keep yourself
in check by wearing something form-fitting, like a snug pair of jeans, and wear them at
least once a week in December, January and February. By shimmying yourself into the
a less-forgiving piece of clothing at least once a week, you are building accountability
within your weekly routine – and catching 1 or 2 lbs after a week of indulgences is a
LOT easier to fix than an extra 10 lbs after 2 months!
2.Make It Count
Before I became the total health and fitness junkie that I am today, I’ll admit – this
thought had never even come to mind! Make it count. Make every sweet, salty, crunchy,
bite you take this holiday season count. If it’s something you’ve been waiting for all year
like your Dad’s Florentine cookies, then enjoy; but when it comes to your third serving of
mashed potatoes and gravy, save yourself the calories. When you are choosing what to
fill up on and how much of it you’re eating, ask yourself; Am I putting this food on my
plate just because everybody else is still eating, or is it something I really do love?
1. Get Busy
The less time you spend physically moving food from the plate to your mouth, the less
likely you are to overeat. When I am getting jolly at my share of Holiday Parties, I make
a conscious decision to try to rack up as many “doing stuff” minutes as I can – while still
enjoying myself! Help the hostess clear the table, catch up with an old acquaintance or
try putting your fork down on to the table between bites. You’ll be surprised at just how
much these little changes add up!
Well, that about sums it up for me for this Thursday. As always, I would love to hear
about how these tips work out for you, and any feedback you may have. You can find
me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching Brilliant By Brooke.
Hop on over to my blog for my new favorite Christmas Treat – Healthy, Easy Mint
Wishing You and Yours a Happy, Healthy Holidays,