Tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and finding balance during the busy holiday season.
As much as I loved being pregnant and having an excuse to wear spandex every day, I must admit that I’m looking forward to seeing the number on the scale start to decrease instead of increase. After achieving weight loss success, it is never easy intentionally gaining weight even though you are fully aware that it is all for good reason. Heck, I just grew an entire human being!
The truth is, when the last 6 years of your life have been dedicated to losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it isn’t easy to stop counting calories, measuring servings and attending all of your favorite workout classes.
Fortunately, this isn’t my first rodeo and I know I will get back to my pre-baby weight. With any luck, I’ll even have a repeat performance and wind up 20 pounds lighter than before I got pregnant. No matter what the next year brings, I believe in myself. I know that I have the tools, knowledge and drive to reach my goals and return to my healthy, happy weight.
With the holidays upon us, I thought it might be helpful for me to share my top tips for tackling the endless family gatherings, office parties and other festivities in the weeks to come:
Finding a healthy balance during the holidays:
1. Make Calories Count: Whenever I take a bite of something indulgent, I ask myself “Is this worth the calories?” Often times, the answer is no. For example, I don’t eat bread unless it’s really high quality. It is simply not worth the calories and the work it takes to burn those calories. On the other hand, I look forward to the imported olives and cheeses we serve before Thanksgiving dinner and I am fully prepared to work for those calories. My husband’s famous cheesecakes like the Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Crust above? Worth. Every. Calorie.
2. Focus on Protein and Fiber: One of the main reasons I tend to eat a lot of gluten free foods is because I try to fill my plate with protein-rich, high fiber ingredients. All of those gluten-filled processed foods in the freezer and snack aisles are often lacking nutrients and are full of processed white flour and sugar. What that means is that an hour after consuming those foods, you are hungry again because your blood sugar spikes and then crashes. To avoid this, I like to create meals and snacks that have a good mix of healthy fats, lean protein and fiber.
3. Move as Much as Possible: Boot camp, spin and kickboxing will not be on my exercise radar for several weeks but that doesn’t mean I can’t be active. Whether it’s playing outside with our two year old or going for a casual walk before dinner, I try to get moving as many days of the week as possible. Even doing a 10 minute yoga video on YouTube is better than nothing.
4. Forgive and Forget: Look, it’s the holidays. More than likely we will all be enjoying a glass or two too many of wine or eat a slice of pie despite being completely full. It happens. Forgive yourself and make your next meal as healthy as possible. Don’t wait for “Monday morning”–start at your next meal. Get active, drink lots of water and fill your plate with whole, unprocessed foods with plenty of bright colors.
We can do this…we can do it together.
What are your best tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the holidays? I would love to hear from you.