Six Tips to Dominate Holiday Nutrition
Here we go boys and girls. I have heard that this is, “The Most Wonderful Time of the year.” And let’s be real, it is. Family, friends, food, PRESENTS!!!, Christmas movies (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Scrooged being my two favorites), and Grandma’s famous dishes that have been passed down throughout the family tree. If you don’t like this time of the year, take some advice from Arnold and CHILL!!!
The holidays make sticking to your nutrition plan very hard to say the least. Here are some tips to avoid poor food choices.
1. When all else fails stick with lean proteins and Vegetables.
Most of the time there will be vegetable platters and assorted meats available to snack on. DOMINATE those! Some dip is OK, just try to go with an, “every other” policy.
2. Have a Seltzer or a (GASP!!!) Diet Soda
OK, I get why people say you shouldn’t drink diet soda on a regular basis. I will agree with you. But if it is between a diet Coke and an endless amount of cheese and crackers? I would have my client sip a diet Coke or if possible a can of seltzer water.
3. Sugar Free Citrucel
This will fill you up and can help limit the insulin reaction from the higher sugar offerings at the party
4. Eat Before the Party
Have a meal before you go to the party. Something that will fill you up. Think something like a PB Smoothie:
- 1 cup Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk
- 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
- 1 scoop Chocolate protein powder
- 2 tablespoons of milled flax seeds
- add ice for texture
5. Bring Your Own Food
Offer to bring a cold cut platter, vegetable platter, or a healthy bean dip you made. Hosts love it when they have one less thing to buy or make.
6. Plan a Cheat Meal
Again, there seems to be some debate if this is a good thing, but if you bust your ass for 6 weeks by nailing your training and nutrition, I think it is OK, especially around the holidays, to splurge a bit and have a drink or a ginger break cookie in the shape of a snowman. Just make sure it is just one meal, and not a 10-day all you can eat disaster. I would still recommend getting in a healthy meal or do the sugar free citrucel thing to limit the damage.
7. Have Fun and Laugh Your Ass Off (Because it makes you burn more calories then being depressed and doing nothing).
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