A Game Plan for Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

tis the seasonWhy do we make resolutions on January 1st? Because we regret all of our indulgences over the holidays! There are some people who never get ahead in their fitness goals, because they take all year working on losing the weight that the put on during the holiday season only to put it back on once the Halloween candy comes out.

But even beyond the weight gain, did you know that increasing carbs and sugar is linked to depression? So, even though the holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, if you combine the stress of paying for presents, the depression and lethargy brought on by carbs and sugary sweets, difficult encounters with family, feeling unhappy with how you look and some cold dark days (not so much in Miami, but many other places) – it’s no wonder people are anxious to make a change come January 1st!

So, what is the alternative? Well, that’s what I’m here to help you with. Don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest bringing Kale chips to the family Thanksgiving dinner, but my goal is to help you enjoy all your favorite treats and meals, WITHOUT the added regret (or lbs) that usually come with it.

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Tip 1 – Keep your treats in check
I’m not going to ask you to give up your Pumpkin Pie on Thanksgiving (mostly because I have no intention of giving it up and I don’t want to be a hypocrite!), but what I am going to ask you to do is PLAN when you are going to allow yourself to enjoy holiday treats and stick to it. Give yourself FULL freedom to stuff your face on Thanksgiving day!! But when Black Friday comes along, get right back to your normal healthy diet. Don’t let the ‘holiday season’ make you think you can put your healthy habits away for 2 months! If you know that you will be savoring a special holiday treat on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Eve Dinner then you don’t have to feel COMPLETELY deprived, but you can allow yourself to look forward to those special days and hide (or giveaway) that tin of holiday popcorn your neighbor brought over.

This is a little embarrassing to admit, but I love food and this is just me, but when I know I am going to have a GREAT ‘cheat’ dinner, I actually write it on my calendar and put colorful squiggles and circles around it, I make it a big deal. It reminds me, when I want to cheat on something dumb during the day, that I have a WAY better treat coming up, and motivates me to stick to my healthy eating NOW.

Tip 2 – Have a simple ‘detox’ plan
So, Halloween is over – you’ve indulged in a few too many fun sized hersheys bars, and, let’s face it you aren’t feeling too great. Anyone else get a sugar hangover the next day? Sometimes, if it’s bad, I’ll actually get a migraine. This is a crucial point in the holiday season. You can either let all that sugar you’ve consumed build up in your system and cause you to crave more and begin a vicious cycle that will guarantee failure throughout the holiday season, or you can ‘detox’ from that sugar binge and get back on track!

I’ve chosen this word detox very carefully because SUGAR ADDICTION IS REAL. And in case you feel all high and mighty because sweets aren’t your thing and you’re more of a salty person – carbs are sugar – no difference. When we eat a high amount of sugary starchy foods it messes the equilibrium of our body up!! It affects digestion, nutrient absorption, energy, mood and even mental clarity.

I personally plan to do the 3 Day Refresh – a detox plan that includes a whole-food meal replacement shake (Shakeology), a fiber supplement, and fresh fruits and veggies. It’s not a starvation cleanse, but actually quite filling, while at the same time providing your body with an boost of probiotics and nutrient dense foods to give your body the reset it needs and get you back on track.

If you want to join me, send me an email and we can do it together! I will be leading a group that kicks off with the 3 Day Refresh and then continues on with a clean eating plan and Shakeology to take me through the holidays right!

Tip 3 – Get accountability
Am I the only one who gets slack when I am trying to eat well? Here’s the scene, I’m at a party, and I TRULY don’t like the way I feel when I eat a ton of sugar, so I fill my plate with some cheese and veggies from the barely touched veggie platter. Maybe I’ll grab a mini spinach quiche. Then, I get the comment: “Oh! come on! Live a little! These chocolate eclairs are incredible, you have to try some!” Why it’s anybody’s business what I choose to put in my body is beyond me, but we are entering the family party zone, and there seem to be a lack of boundaries in parties like these.

If you are going to get through the holiday season feeling physically and emotionally healthy you NEED support. I reccomend finding a family member to provide this positive accountability and encouragement, because more than likely, they will be right there with you at the dessert table, but an online community can be just as powerful, because let’s face it, we cary them in our pockets all the time – am I right?

When you feel like giving in, think about your support system, and how they are staying strong at their family parties, or throwing away that tin of cookies that no one really likes, but somehow always end up on the counter and before you know it, the tin is empty. Never underestimate the encouragement of not being alone.

So, there you have it, my 3 tips for staying healthy through the holidays. Think about all the hard work you have put in throughout the year. How much you fought to lose each and every pound. Don’t let that go to waste!! We can do this, and still enjoy our favorite treats and events, without letting it wreck our health and figure. I’m willing to work a little bit during the holiday season, so that come January 1st, my only resolution will be – keep doing what you’re doing girl!

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Even if you aren’t interested in the 3 Day Refresh, but would just like more personalized coaching and support through this crazy season of the holidays, I would LOVE to hear from you. Helping other’s get healthy and strong is my favorite thing and I would be honored to coach you in whatever way I can! Email me.

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