So the Christmas holidays are coming up and we’ve just had Thanksgiving recently!
I hope you had a great time and will continue to have a great time as this is my favorite holiday of the year 🙂
We all know how hard it can be to stay on track during the holidays so I put together a little guide for you to make the most out of this amazing time.
Let’s talk about food, baby
Obviously that’s going to be the elephant in the room: turkey, duck, chicken or other amazing feasts are waiting for you, but let’s be honest here! It’s rarely the protein which is problematic at this time of the year!
It’s ALL the other stuff! Whether it’s sweet potato mash, or roasted potatoes or that pie at the end of the dish, coupled with egg nog and other tasty drinks, it can get quite heavy.
Mix that with lots of time and lots of family/friends and you’ll have a big feast.
I know you expect me to say, that you should stay on track and do the 80/20 thing, but homidays generally fall into the 20% for me, meaning that if you eat clean 80% of the year, you’re allowed to cheat big here and there. It’s that simple.
The only thing I’d really recommend is maybe to limit the feasts to 1-2 days per holiday and don’t go overboard with it! If you’re making a feast week out of one day, you’ll definitely feel and see the consequences.
One measure that I’ll use for myself is to really enjoy what I’m eating and be extra mindful of what I’m eating.
I mentioned being mindful while eating a bunch of times, but it’s really a game changer when it comes to tasting food.
How to be mindful
What does mindful mean? It’s a fancy way of saying “being attentive” to what you’re eating, while you’re eating.
Pretty simple: If you eat broccoli, look at it, think about it. How does it taste? What’s the consistency? How’s the color? Did you put salt on it? Does it have olive oil on it?
Smell it. How does it smell? Take a bite? Is it crunchy, soft, medium (no, medium is actually not a word that’s commonly used for broccoli)?
You get the point.
Enjoy the dessert
Yes, eat the dessert and enjoy it, you’ve worked hard all year so it’s cool to indulge in it!
You can get back on track after the holidays.
What about movement?
Now this is anorher topic! Here I generally say keep your routine, but mostly because I personally really like working out. I know, I’m crazy like that!
So if it’s a training day, I’ll make sure to head to the gym early, and be back just in time to get cooking.
It’s making eating even more fun, because you know that this food is getting put into good use 🙂
Now if you don’t like going to the gym, make sure to walk regularly. Go out with your loved ones, while the food is resting (I learnt that resting the turkey is an absolute must!) or enjoy a quick walk after the food and before the festivities.
You can also use something like the 7min workout app and workout at home to do the most necessary, but only basic workout you can do.
It’s really up to you and although you won’t feel like it, trust me, after the workout you’ll feel amazing!
I would however stay away from personal records and other strength feats. This a time where it’s cool to do damage control, so maintenance is the most important! Don’t injure yourself thinking that you need to train extra hard before the dinner!
Rest as much as possible
Winter time is generally really good to rest more. Whether it’s sleeping more or napping more, or generally being at home and relaxing, winter time is ideal for that. Your body also has certain seasons, that you have to respect and winter time is generally the time you pack on alittle bit of weight, because you eat and rest more.
So generally I’d say, fully enjoy the tasty foods of the holidays, but make sure to move enough between those days, to maintain what you have. This is a time of rest and comfort, but a little bit of walking and being mindful goes along way. Happy holidays!