December Weight Gain Smackdown

by shawne on December 22, 2013

in Fab Foods, Lifestyle, Wellness

It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of the year.  There are still quite a few parties and celebrations in the coming two weeks!  There will be lots of family, fun, and fattening foods during this very festive season.  On December 10th, I hosted a LIVE teleclass called December Weight Gain Smackdown: Top 7 Tips and Tricks.  Thanks to everyone that attended.  In case you missed it, I’d love to share those Tips and Tricks with you right here!  Take a peek at some strategies that will help you avoid those unwanted Holiday pounds.

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December Weight Gain Smackdown: Top 7 Tips and Tricks:

1. Eat Breakfast.  Don’t be tempted to skip breakfast because you have a party or event later in the day.  Although you think you’re saving your calories for the party, you actually end up overeating because you’re starving.  You’ll also overeat the absolute worst things for you.  Try a nutrient-dense breakfast like cage-free eggs with veggies and avocado or a green smoothie.  These will keep you satisfied and energetic and less hungry later in the day.

2. Crowding Out.  Instead of obsessing about what foods you shouldn’t eat at the holiday gatherings, focus on filling up on the “good for you” foods which include lots of veggies, clean protein, and healthy fats such as coconut oil and seeds.  By putting a boat load of nutrition into your body, you’ll have less room and desire for all the junk.

3. Keep Moving.  Don’t think “I’ll start after the New Year.”  Just 30 minutes of moving your body each day NOW is all you need to look and feel your best during this bustling time of year.  Still good would be 30 minutes at least four times per week, even when you travel.  Going for a walk is super simple and will also give you a chance to escape from all the hoopla for a bit.  Tell a buddy to hold you accountable!

4. Plan and Prep.  This is super important so that you don’t derail your efforts.  Batch cook healthy meals on Sunday, for instance.  This can include roasting a tray of veggies, browning some chopped meat, making a simple homemade dip or dressing, and making a pot of rice.  This is super simple and the ingredients can be combined with different seasonings for quick weekday meals.  Also, offer to make a healthy dish to bring to the party of gathering.  You’ll know what’s in it and you’ll know its safe.  Finally, don’t hang out by the food.

5. Drink Clear, Think Clear.  When it comes to booze, steer clear of sugary colorful mixers.  Go for vodka with soda and a twist of lemon or lime.  Red wine is another decent option.  You can half the amount by drinking a wine spritzer.  Drink water in between or straight club soda to pace yourself.  The next day up your hydration by starting your day with a warm cup of lemon water to help rid you of toxins.  Sip from a water bottle throughout the entire day as alcohol is extremely dehydrating.

6. Save it for Something Special.  The cookies or donuts in the office conference room are NOT SPECIAL!  Repeat that!  Keep up your clean eating habits until you approach that special something or better yet, plan it!  You should enjoy holiday treats and not deprive yourself, but be selective. When you decide to enjoy your treat do so mindfully.  Sit down, take your time.  Take a bite then put it down before the next bite.  Too often we shove it in our mouths and barely remember eating it which just leads to guilt and overeating.

7. Enjoy the Joy. Remove the focus from the food.  Holidays are about connecting and making memories.  Grab the camera and make some.  Keep up with your self-care routine and treat yourself to a non-food treat.  Go for the pedicure or massage.  Grab a magazine.  Play a game with loved ones.  Have an attitude of gratitude and be thankful for the joy in your life.

When it’s all said and done, enroll in a clean eating program like OliveFab’s Winter Detox (opening January 2nd).

I would love to hear from you in the comments below about some of your Holiday strategies!  Happy and Healthy Holidays!

 

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