It’s a busy time of year from turkey coma to holiday parties every week. It can be a lot of fun but we get even busier this time of year. This means less time at the gym, more stress, and eating on the go. I’ve got some easy and simple tricks to help you stay on track this holiday season.
1. Make protein and Veggies on the top of your list. Not sure what to grab for a snack as you head out the door for the all day holiday shopping. Grab a bag of carrots to go, or some protein bar. Protein doesn’t always need to be meat. Nuts are high in protein and are an easy snack to take in your car or throw in your purse. Both the protein and veggies will keep you full longer.
2. Take water with you everywhere. I don’t leave my house without my water; remember if you feel hungry fill up on water first then if your still hungry go for that healthy snack. Make sure before you go to that holiday party you have plenty of water in your system to keep you hydrated.
3. Keep chewing. I know this may sound weird but studies have shown those who slow down chew their food more felt fuller longer. It isn’t a race who can eat the holiday dinner the fastest slow down and enjoy.
4. Don’t be scared of fat. Eating good healthy fat is good for you I see to many people who are scared of the fat number. Healthy fat is your friend more then 80 percent of fat found in peanuts are made of monounsaturated fat and poly saturated fats. These are healthy fat that can help keep cholesterol down. Nuts and avocados are my go to for healthy fat snack.
5. Put your healthy snacks within eyesight. Research has found that having snacks in plane sight makes it more convenient. If its within reach and visible you are more likely to grab that option first. I leave a snack bowl out with fruit nuts and other healthy snacks.
6. Plan it out. I know meal planning isn’t as exciting as decorating for the holidays, but planning your meals and snacks out is key to staying on track. It will help for those times when you are starving and go for the fastest and easies thing to make. If you have a plan you can stick to it and never go hungry. Start packing those carrot sticks for a quick grab and go
7. Be realistic. Holiday season isn’t the best time to start a new diet or work out plan. Stick to a goal you can maintain reach and maintain that goal and then set the bar higher. The holiday’s only come once a year enjoy them but don’t go overboard. If you need more help getting through the holidays here's a little help.