As many of us know only too well, any attempt at healthy eating can easily be derailed over the holiday season. The season of eating begins with the temptations of Halloween candy, which leads into family gatherings, parties and events centered around food during November and December, and before you know it, you’ve rung in the New Year with a few extra unwanted pounds. So what do nutritionists eat? Here are a few tips to stay on the healthy path this holiday season:
Fit Small Bursts of Exercise into Your Day
With holiday shopping, parties, decorating, wrapping and baking, the to-do list can be never ending, leaving you little time for your normal workout regime. This is a great opportunity to add exercise throughout your day in small bursts. Fit in a 7 minute workout app in the morning, park farther away from the mall to get some extra steps in, or use the stairs instead of the escalator. It’s easy to find little ways to remain active if you just keep an eye out for opportunities.
Always Eat Breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast will set the tone for your entire day. If you skip breakfast, you will end up feeling famished later on and have less control with the sweets and other temptations. Choose a breakfast with protein, fiber and healthy fats such as a bowl of Greek yogurt with raspberries and sliced almonds.
With all of the rushing around, it is easy to forget to eat and before long you are ravenous and eyeing all of the unhealthy choices at the food court. Instead, pack healthy snacks and take them with you so you always have a healthy option within reach. Good choices include almonds or other nuts, or a cheese stick and apple slices. Keeping your blood sugar stable throughout the day will keep your energy levels high as well so you can get more done each day.
Bring it With You
My favorite tip for staying on track during the holidays is to bring a dish with me to social events so that I know there will be something there that I can eat that supports my health goals and I won’t be tempted. The sweets are always my biggest temptation so I will bring a healthier dessert such as these Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies. They are delicious! If you are tempted by something else, find a healthier version of that recipe that you know you will enjoy.
Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies
2/3 c. coconut sugar
½ c. coconut oil, melted
2 large eggs
2/3 c. pumpkin butter (you may substitute canned pumpkin, but add cinnamon, all spice, cloves, ginger & nutmeg)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. almond flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. sea salt
½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Add coconut sugar to bowl and stir in coconut oil. Stir in eggs, pumpkin butter, vanilla and mix well. Add remaining ingredients. Spread into a sprayed 9 x 9 pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes.
With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is important to take good care of yourself. Hopefully these tips will help you survive the holidays!
By Fitmo Coach Emily Barker
As a Certified Health and Nutrition coach, Emily Barker supports men and women to achieve radiant health from the inside out. Emily’s mission is to help individuals feel fabulous and find their true happiness while focusing their efforts on building healthy habits that last. She has supported hundreds of clients in achieving significant weight loss goals and making lasting lifestyle changes. Learn more about Emily, and working with her via the Fitmo app here.