So I don’t know if it was my genius idea or the fact that every Saturday at my venue was taken for two years but I decided to have my Wedding right after the holidays. Therefore I have been hyper aware of keeping myself in check this holiday season and thought I would share some of my tried and true ways of not being surprised by the scale after the holidays.
Bring A Dish
Whether you are hosting or going to another dinner and you are asked to bring a dish, one way I try to stay healthy is to make one non calorie laden dish to share…that way if there are a lot of high calorie temptations you have a healthy go to option like this Baked Spaghetti Squash with Garlic or Cheesy Cauliflower better than Potatoes side.
I also do this for work luncheons or potlucks…try it next time bringing a salad with lots of fresh veggies on it, you will have a go to safe bet especially if you are not too sure where some of those questionable looking sides were prepared……
Try to Keep an Eye on the Alcohol Consumption
I don’t know about you but too many glasses of wine leads to hitting up multiple trips to the dessert table because doesn’t every dessert have to be tried??
Chug That Water
Helps to not overeating or mistaking hungry for thirst. Also it is key to combating the salt in most of the dishes and aids with digestion. Plus it will help with not accidentally over consuming the adults bevs.
There are a lot of places open leading up to the holidays. You know that feeling when you get in a workout before the big day starts! If that’s not an option make sure you get up and walk after dinner or try to squeeze in a quick at home workout…such as here and here. I also installed the Human app. It tracks your daily walking and gives you encouragement when you haven’t hit your daily 30 at least.
Or you can always resort back to my 7 days of at home workouts post!
The bigger the plate the more you put on it to fill it (basically you fill to your plate). I usually try to find the smaller dinner plate or even stick with the salad plate to start with.
Skip or Limit The Apps
Oh those brie bakes are the best right? However appetizers are usually the worst when it comes to the calorie busters. I usually stack my plates with the fresh veggies and one or two pieces of cheese and then here is the key point….. remove myself from the app table. When you hang around there it is like the sorority lunchroom…..always eating and conversing with the next group of people swinging in. Before you know if you’ve consumed major calories and you wonder where that freshman 15 comes from.
If you are hosting, load up your guests as they leave or if you are attending politely decline or if the host is insistent try to take home some of the lighter options….because we all know that saying no to leftover pie in the morning with coffee takes will power!
My Number #1 Piece of Advice That I Need to Take Myself
Don’t Get Duped Into All the Holiday Themed Goodies
I am immediately drawn as you are all well aware to everything peppermint themed. The problem is they are usually very high in calories and fat. I am officially done with all the peppermint temptations. Declaring it now…..it’s all about accountability right?
The last thing I will say. Enjoy the day with your friends and family. You can always get back on track the next day but just a few little thoughts to help during the season!
What is your go to advice about trying to not let things get out of control during the holidays? Let me know I am open to all suggestions!!! xoxoxo