Updated: Nov 26, 2019
Raise your hand if "holiday" snacking is starting.
For me, it starts with a few pieces of Halloween candy. Then there are the seasonal coffees, and Trader Joe’s treats that I have to get this one time (ok maybe two or three times) because hey, it only comes once a year.
Throughout the years, I have come up with a few tricks to help me keep the pounds off and my energy up. I don't like the way the few extra pounds make me look in photos, or the sugar rush leaves me feeling listless and irritable.
We all have the power within us to make the changes that we want.
Create A Plan
"A goal without a plan is just a wish"
My goal is to arm you with a quick, easy meal and snack options that you can eat even on the busiest of days. This will help you stay full and your body fueled with the right food so that you have the energy to enjoy your family and friends.
Start the Day Off Right – Whatever your first meal is, make sure it is your healthiest. There are so many quick, healthy options. Here are my favorites:
My Favorite Breakfast:
2 Hardboiled eggs and an orange
Greek or Skyr yogurt with whole-grain cereal
Toast and nut butter
Baked turkey bacon and berries
80-20 Rule– I love food! This is my rule of thumb year-round, but something I watch for during the holiday season. I don't restrict myself around the holidays; there are too many yummy sweets and decadent meals. BUT, I don't allow this as an excuse to let all of my meals be unhealthy. If I know that I have a dinner party that night, I make sure the rest of my meals and snacks are as healthy as possible.
My Favorite Snacks:
Trader Joe’s Handful of Almond packets
Justin's Almond Butter packet
Greek or Skyr yogurt
Eat Before the Party – If you know that only appetizers or small bites will be served, try and show up already full, then you can nibble on all the yummy food.
My Favorite Lunches / Dinners:
Amy's lentil soup
Trader Joe's cauliflower fried rice and two fried eggs or pre-cooked chicken breast
Whole wheat or gluten-free pasta with Trader Joe’s Turkey Bolognese sauce
Ask Yourself, "Is it worth the calories?" – I love to try one of everything, but if after the first bite my taste buds are not wowed, I move on, saving myself a few hundred calories.
Weigh Yourself Daily – Nothing keeps you honest like the cold hard truth of the scale. It's not here to make you feel guilty but to allow you to know what's working and what is not.
Limit Alcohol Consumption– Hidden calories, hangovers, and poor choices can come from drinking too much. I, of course, want you to enjoy your parties. My favorite trick is after a beer or glass of wine; I sip on a glass of water. If I'm drinking a cocktail, then I drink two glasses of water before I refill my drink.
Life is all about balance, remember to be kind to yourself. The holidays are stressful enough without that little voice in your head, b*tching at you. Do your best.
Use what works for you and disregard the rest
xo – Sabline