Tips for Eating Well during the Holiday Season
We all know that the festive period frequently means missed workouts and copious amounts of indulgent food. Are you worried about throwing away the hours you have spent working out over the last few months in two weeks? We have reached out to our registered dietitian Mel for some tips that can assist you with your nutrition over the holidays.
Savor your favorite holiday foods while you eat them. Eat slowly, try to fully enjoy the food, and then move on. Don't guilt yourself afterwards!
Keep hydrated. Colder temperatures and busy schedules can make it easy to forget to prioritize hydration, so keep a water bottle handy.
Don't 'save yourself' for your holiday dinner by restricting your intake or skipping meals beforehand. This can lead to more intense overeating. Eat regular, well-balanced meals during the day.
You'll notice that the emphasis is not on avoiding or including specific foods, but is instead about promoting enjoyment of your meals throughout the holidays (and all days!) with friends and family whenever possible. When you feel satisfied eating your favorite foods, you are less likely to overeat or binge on them.
What about exercise?
Set a realistic holiday workout plan (e.g. weight training 2x a week + 1 conditioning) and follow through with it!
Make yourself accountable by setting goals and making a plan
Don't be too hard on yourself! It's the holiday season, enjoy your time with your family! It is okay to miss a few workouts. It won't slow down your progress. It is easy to guilt yourself but just know that rest is important as well!