December does not have to be a downward spiral for your healthy habits. Read on for tips on how to maintain your self and your sanity during a busy holiday season.
1. Slow down to feel satisfied, not stuffed.
It's one you hear a lot in terms of trying to eat less, but how about the simple "enjoy and savor your food" factor. Let's face it--there are lots of gatherings and parties around the corner and they will all have some delicious, decadent food. Instead of depriving yourself, sample away. Really enjoy the tastes, textures and flavors of these treats. Take a few bites of everything you want to try. But slow the heck down as you eat them. Arrive to the party with something decent already in your belly so you aren't starving and scarf down everything in front of you (see tip # 4 below). And aim to leave feeling satisfied, not stuffed!
2. Find a workout you can do anywhere.
Travel, house guests, and a crazy schedule can leave little time or space for a workout. You need to get yourself a plan for how to get the workout done no matter what. Carve out that time on your planner (30 minutes is all you need!) and get it done. Make it non-negotiable and excuse proof. I love to run, and with the right gear, I can do it just about any time, anywhere. But I also love the ease and portability of taking no-equipment workouts with me on my phone. Check out Beachbody On Demand for complete and effective programs you can stream anywhere on almost any device. Even without an internet connection. It's pretty cool and helps eliminate a lot of those exercise barriers.
3. Eat well on the go!
Travel is often an excuse for poor eating. You're off routine, away from home, and surrounded by takeout, alcohol, and treats (I'm looking at you, Cinnabon). But, it is possible to eat well on the go, assuming again that it's your priority and you plan well.
4. Have a go-to Super Shake recipe.
What's a super shake? It's a way to hit all the vital nutrients in one convenient serving. They are delicious nutrient powerhouses.
Here's one to try:
8 oz unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vegan protein powder (I'm partial to Shakeology )
1 handful of spinach or baby kale
1 handful of frozen fruit
1 tsp nut butter
Blend everything together until smooth and creamy. Add ice first if you want extra volume. Try different combos of flavors until you find one you love. Or keep changing it up for variety. Using a shake like this will help you feel full, fight cravings, and keep you from that "I'm so hungry I could eat my own arm" feeling that causes overeating!
5. Practice portion control with the hand measuring system.
1 palm = 1 serving protein
1 fist = 1 serving veggies
1 cupped hand = 1 serving carbs
1 thumb = 1 serving of healthy fats
Need help figuring out how many of those servings you need each day? Send me a message and we will get you started on a custom meal plan designed to help you reach your health goals!
We got this! Stay on track with me in December and you can set a way more fun New Year's resolution like...save money for an awesome bikini getaway!