The holidays are a wonderful time of year. It can throw a wrench into your training, if you let it. Here are some tips on the food consumption side of things. Check out Part 1, Top 5 ways to avoid holiday weight gain, regarding your training PART 1.
6. Make your contribution a healthy one.
Determining what to bring to a dinner or party is typically a tough decision. This year try one of your favorite healthy snacks as an appetizer, a healthy side dish or look for a healthy, new twist on a dessert. Many of you probably know that food can be flavorful if prepared correctly. Try to bring out the flavors of Autumn that will wow your friends and family. Who knows, maybe you’ll turn someone onto healthier eating habits.
7. Survey the options.
Always, always look at the options you have before getting in line. Who hasn’t filled their plate up half way through the buffet, only discover your favorite dish at the end with no space left on your plate? A great way to do this is to help place and arrange the food. This not only gives you a better lay of the land but earns brownie points for helping out during a stressful meal time. It’s been rumored that servers fix a plate of food for themselves before setting it out for everyone else, but confirmation of those rumors has been…unsuccessful.
8. Concentrate while eating
This should be a well-known strategy, unfortunately it seems that people still fail to adhere to it. Concentrating solely on your meal is one of the best ways to satisfy your hunger. Distractions allow you to ignore the amount of food you eat as well as the taste. After looking forward to the feast and smelling the delectable aromas all day, make certain you’re completely present for the best part, eating the meal.
9. Eat breakfast.
While there has been some recent debate on whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that old adage still rings true for me. You need fuel to start your day, especially while trying to cope with the craziness that is holiday season. This is also a great time to get something healthy in between the stuffing, gravy and pies. Grab something light and nutritious so you’re ready to face your workout, and the rest of the day.
10. Balance your calorie consumption for the day.
You have a pretty good idea of how many calories you should consume in a day. Even if you don’t know a number, you use the Goldilocks test to say whether it was too little, too much or just right. There is going to be a feast which tells you where most of your calories are coming from that day and maybe the days before and after. Breakfast is a must but make it something small and maybe you feast for lunch and have dessert for dinner. The following day you can also make your meals smaller because your body will still be using what you consumed from feasting. A lot is made out of your daily caloric intake but you can look at it as your weekly caloric intake too.