Monday, November 5, 2012

Motivated Mondays

As we head into the eating season here in the US, I wanted to take a moment to remind myself (and everyone else!) that holidays and celebrations feature food, but are not about food!

From Halloween through to New Years, it seems like every occasion is filled with high calorie snacks and meals, and lots of alcohol.  On average people gain about 2-3lbs per holiday season which doesn't sound like much except that most people never take it off again!  When you realize that, you can see how quickly it can add up.  When you have a goal in mind, whether it's a fitness goal or weight goal or a health goal, you have to keep reminding yourself to put that above the parties and celebrations.  Remember that the reason you go to family dinners, holiday get togethers and seasonal parties is to see people you love and care about and to celebrate with them, not to eat!

Now of course I am not saying don't indulge in any seasonal delicacies! That would be nuts! But choose your favorites, use portion control and focus on the people, not the food.  If you tend to go crazy on the food at parties, eat some soup or a salad before you leave so you aren't super hungry.  Alternate water with your alcoholic drinks.  Earn some extra calories but adding a bit more cardio to your usual routine - burn those calories off BEFORE you eat them!  And, you can always offer to bring something healthy to any get together.  Most hosts will appreciate the offer and then you will be guaranteed at least one healthy option.

Above all else, don't be pressured into eating more then you planned too.  People get very pushy with food around the holidays but where are they when you're in the gym trying to burn that food off?? Nowhere! So don't be afraid to say no or to try only a small bite.  It's your body, your goals and your decisions.  And you don't need to be stuffing your face to enjoy the celebrations and the people you are with.

Let's get through this holiday season without that 2-3lb weight gain!

How do you celebrate without overeating? What's your go-to potluck item so you know you have healthy choices? What are the foods you just have to include into your plan, regardless of how unhealthy they are?

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