Function Health Club: How to Lighten Up the Holidays
A Note From Katie...
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It’s that time of year again when Starbucks has all of their holiday drinks and the calendar is filled with parties to attend. I love the holidays but I don’t like that feeling you get after they are finished, when you realize the parties replaced your cardio routine and all you have been lifting is a cranberry bliss bar.
A common question around this time of year is: How can you avoid this post holiday regret? I have come up with three ways to do just that: Prioritize, Plan and Pretend.
- Prioritize: There are so many goodies to enjoy over the holiday season. Do you really need to have all of them? Make a list of all the “treat foods” you typically come across at holiday events. Circle your 5 favourites and then stick to those in moderation. For example, if you like savoury foods, indulge in some brie and crackers, but don’t bother with having rum balls or peppermint mochas.
- Plan: Always plan ahead. Work parties and social gatherings have one thing in common, food that isn’t always waistline friendly. Anticipate the food options you may have and eat a light meal beforehand. A protein smoothie, chicken breast with salad or even just a handful of nuts can help curb cravings once you are at the event. Snacks in your purse also are a great thing to carry, especially when doing your holiday shopping! A small bag of raw almonds are my go-to of choice.
- Pretend: A small fib is a great way to avoid trying every dish made at your girlfriends potluck or having a second helping at a family dinner. “I had a late lunch” or “I already tried that one” are polite ways to avoid the extra calories. It can be hard enough to say no to tempting treats without having them forced on you!
Like with everything, moderation is key. As long as you don’t take the entire month off from your regular routine, you should have no problem with the occasional indulgence.
All of us at Function Health Club wish everyone Happy Holidays!