The Holidays are here! That means yummy cookies, gravy, and side dishes full of cheese and sour cream. These sound delicious but could be disastrous for your waistline. So how can you stick to your diet goals with all of these holiday goodies looming around you? Well, below are just a few tips I plan on using this holiday season in order to keep my diet in check.
1. Eat before your Holiday Party. The best way to fool proof your diet is to make sure that you have eaten the meals you have already planned out for yourself before your big event. This way, when you hit that holiday party you won't be hungry enough to over-indulge. Plus, everyone knows that the first few bites of any dish is always the best, so have one or two and then sit that plate down.
2. Go for the Lean Meats and Veggies. Try your best to go for the carved Turkey and not the processed deli meats that sit alongside the high fatty cheese platter. The point of this is to fill up on lean protein and veggies so that you don't get trapped into feeling like there is this black abyss of holiday emptiness in your stomach that you must fill up with high calorie starches, gravy, and fat.
3. Have one small serving of your favorite holiday treat. Don't punish yourself during the holidays. It's okay to enjoy a small slice of grandma's apple pie or auntie's green bean casserole, just don't go overboard! Some people tend to binge eat alone later on when they have felt like they have deprived themselves of all the holiday goodness they left behind.
4. Bring a protein bar or make a protein mug cake. If you feel the urge to binge, reach into your purse or pocket for that protein bar and take a few bites. Then walk around a bit and see if you still have that feeling of wanting to devour Mr. Gingerbread, his house, and his family. Yikes! and I am sure you will catch him too with all that cardio you have been doing lately! During the holidays I like to make myself chocolate protein mug cakes. I usually have it with some coffee that I sweeten with a packet of stevia and almond milk. This always takes away my sweet tooth.
(Check out this recipe by The Protein Chef at : https://theproteinchef.co/microwave-chocolate-protein-mug-cake-recipe/).
Well these are just a few tips to help you stay on track during the holidays. Just remember, the true test really comes down to you and how much you really want to reach your goals and how much time you want to take to get there. So have a clean and happy holiday season everyone!