Nutrition News – The Holiday Nutrition Survival Guide
The holiday season, up until the Super Bowl, can be a challenging time for many of us. There are parties with lots of unhealthy food and alcohol, and the holiday schedule is different, so it may be hard to stay on your workout routine, then get back to it. There are tempting sugary sweet gifts all around, and it can be a very stressful time!
So, here are my top 5 tips to navigate your way nutritionally through the holidays successfully!
Family vs Food Feud
Remember, this season is about spending quality time with loved ones, NOT about what you’re eating! If you go to holiday parties or dinners, just remember to enjoy the company of people there rather than gorge on really bad food! When you make it about the people, the food won’t tempt you as much!
Shrimp, Not Skimp
When you are at a holiday gathering, fill up on fresh vegetables and lean protein such as shrimp cocktail or sliced meats. These healthy choices will prevent you from overdoing the unhealthy alternatives!
Beat the Binge
Make sure you’re eating some healthy protein throughout the day, every day! When you’re running around the mall shopping, etc. you may accidentally skip meals, so this will keep your blood sugar stable and prevent that sugar cookie/pumpkin latte binge later!
Squeeze ANY amount of exercise in when possible! If you can’t make it to the gym, there are still ways to sneak in fitness. The obvious ways: park FAAAARR away and walk or take the stairs. Pop in a quick workout video at home. There are some fantastic YouTube fast and easy workouts you can do anywhere! Or throw a few rounds of push-ups, sit ups and squats before your shower. Even these mini sessions can rev your metabolism and keep you energized!
This time of year can be very stressful for us, so remembering to take that time to unwind and relax is super important. Try doing a meditation each day or deep breathing technique to calm down. Studies show when you’re less stressed, you make better choices!
Laura Conley is a nutritionist at HLF Fitness. During her twelve years as a private fitness and wellness coach, she specialized in functional fitness, sports performance and holistic nutrition. Laura strongly believes that by incorporating the body, mind, and spirit we can all truly transform and thrive.