With the holidays upon us, it’s likely that you fall into one of the following categories.
1. You’ll work out hardcore and avoid all holiday-related food and not allow yourself to truly enjoy all the deliciousness there is to offer.
2. You’ll throw all caution to the wind and say “screw it” to your healthy habits and vow to start back up in the New Year.
Neither of those options are fun at all. There has got to be middle ground!
The awesome thing is – there IS, and I’ve found it.
I’m all about enjoying the holidays and all the different foods that come around just once a year. But I’m not going to sacrifice my health goals in order to please my taste buds.
So I’ve come up with 7 easy little tips that will help get you through this holiday season without getting completely off track.
1. Hold out for the Good Stuff – There are going to be a lot of options when it comes to food. Some of these options will be things you love and just can’t live without. And some of it will just be “meh.” Aunt Mable’s jiggly mystery dessert that you can’t quite figure out? Definitely no need to waste your calories there. A dish that your family makes year-round regardless of the holidays? Pass on that one and save room for something you will only get once a year.
2. Don’t be Tempted by the Pretty Colors – You know what I mean. The Oreos filled with orange cream. The green and red M&M’s. The cookies coated in holiday-colored sprinkles. They are all made to entice you to eat them all right now. They are tricking you into thinking that you can only get this taste once a year. Half the time, the holiday Oreos are still the same flavor. Same with the M&M’s. And sprinkles. Well, that’s just added sugar and artificial dyes! Don’t feed into the hype. Either remind yourself that it all just tastes the same as the plain-colored dessert or buy a bunch of the holiday variety and spread it out all year long so you don’t feel the need to eat ALL.THE.COLORS at once. Sure, that sugar cookie may look remarkably festive, but I promise you that you’ll be able to enjoy one that tastes exactly the same any other time of the year.
For the rest of the tips, head on over to Real Housemoms where I contribute a health-related post every month. They’re totally going to save your life this holiday season!