With over 18 years invested in training, teaching and mentoring my clients I will tell you what I tell them, 70% of your success is determined in the kitchen alone. Every day stressors and life itself makes it difficult to maintain a healthy diet; add in the Holidays and those challenges double. Halloween candy is accessible and given out by the handfuls. Thanksgiving pies and gravies fill our plates and our souls. We eat more during this time of year because we are socializing, entertaining and relaxing more than we do all year long.
Get through the holidays with these tips and then apply them to the New Year ahead. It’s easier than you think to make some positive lifestyle changes when it comes to nutrition.
Go through the piles of candy with your kids, let them pick out their favorites and toss the rest. This is a treat not an obligation, they don’t HAVE to eat every piece of candy they got for Halloween.
Give your candy an expiration date so you are not tempted to keep it around the house for months. By the time Thanks giving arrives you should be done with your Halloween treats, if you are not, toss them.
Fill up your plate with all of the healthy choices first, turkey, greens, salads and legumes. If you still have room for seconds go ahead and indulge in a tablespoons worth of your favorite dishes: Mashed potatoes, stuffing, rice, gravy, cranberry sauce, and any of your favorite heavy dishes. If you are looking forward to that pumpkin pie give up one of your heavy dishes for this treat.
An earlier Thanksgiving will give you time to work off some of that food so you don’t go to bed on a full stomach. You don’t have to go to the gym, just take a light stroll outdoors with the family instead of watching T.V.
End of year Holidays:
This time of year can be especially stressful between shopping, recess, and parties. Keep some extra fruits and veggies accessible for all of you to snack on. A great way to motivate your little ones is to offer them their treats after they consume at least one fruit and one vegetable of their choice. Limit the candy gifts and replace them with a small toy or stocking stuffer your kids will enjoy it just as much and their waistlines will thank you.