There’s a million different articles out there that will give you tips for “surviving” the holidays. Why not one more! 🙂
Last year I got a few of my clients together for a “healthy” Thanksgiving. We each brought a “clean” version of the the classic Thanksgiving foods. I… also brought my food scale. Now, I am not suggesting you need to bring your food scale to your Grandmother’s house, but it did give us a better idea of the amount of food were where putting on our plates.
Cauliflower mashed potatoes
Home made cranberry sauce
Gluten free Apple crisp
Here’s some tips from that night.
Tip 1: MOM MORE PROTEIN
We found that 4oz of turkey is more than we would eat at Thanksgiving. Tip one… start your plate with the protein (4-8oz depending on your goal).
Tip 2: IT IS I CAPTAIN VEGETABLE!
Load your plate with veggies! Be careful… some how on the holidays veggies tend to try into cheesy, potato-chip covered impostors! 🙂 Try to stick to roasted vegetables or raw ones that are normally on the platters for snacking.
Tip 3: OFFER TO MAKE A DISH
My Aunt is an amazing cook! This year she will be cooking for at least 25 people. For her this is not a big deal, but I offered to make/ bring something to help feed the masses.
By doing this, not only are you helping your host but you are insuring you will have something there that is on your healthy eating plan. I normally like to make a dessert. Most of the time I try not to tell my family what I made and see if they like the “healthier” option. I have had some success with “tricking” them into like a Gluten free or healthier version. I have found most people would like to “eat healthier” but they are scared to change or don’t know how to make things, so they welcome the new food… slowly. HA
Tip 4: I JUST CAN’T HELP MYSELF
I am a HUGE HOLIDAY SAP!….well I’m a little sappy any time of the year, but if you get caught up in the nostalgia of the holidays (for me it’s my step mom’s cookies) Don’t FREAK OUT! It’s ok to have a cookie… or 2. The best quotes I have seen ” 1 salad isn’t going to make you lose weight… one bad meal isn’t going to make you gain”.
Get your game plan together before the event.
- Make sure you get your normal workouts in.
- Make the event/ holiday your cheat day.
- Switch your weekly meal plan up a little to fit that day in. Example- Start the day off with egg whites instead of oats that morning.
- Use those extra calories to bob and weave the Black Friday Shoppers the next day.
Tip 5: DEALING WITH THE FAMILY….
I’m lucky, I have great in-laws and my family cracks me up! BUT if you have someone in your family that gets under your skin, try mediating or doing something to get your mind ready for the day. Whether it’s a few minutes of “whooshaaa” or pushing heavy weights before you get there… do it.
If they start to wear you down, take a second and think WHY they are doing/ saying the things to get to you. Remember one of the Four agreements…
1. Never take anything Personally
- Nothing others do is because of you.
- What others say and do is a projection of their own reality and their own dreams.
- When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others you wont be the victim of needless suffering.
In the end, be smart. It’s only 1 day…. and in a month 1 other day…. (ok maybe 2) One last point, I think we forget about… it’s not the food we really should be there for… no matter how amazing it is. It’s about spending time with your loved ones. *See there’s the Sappy Kristy!