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My Game Plan For A Healthy Holiday Season

Good morning!


I hope your Tuesday is off to a wonderful start. I know this week is going to fly by.


Yesterday as I was eating cookies for breakfast… I got to thinking that maybe I could use a game plan to keep me (somewhat) on track the rest of this holiday season. Don’t forget that after Christmas, we’ve still got New Years to get through.


First things first: cocktails, cookies, and other sweet treats are part of what make the holiday season so special. Avoiding them entirely is pretty unrealistic, if not downright grinch-like. So, rather than trying to muster up enough will power to resist those items, I’m planning to focus my energy elsewhere. Here are the strategies I’ll be using to stay fit and feel good through the holidays:


1. Drink water – This is usually the first of my healthy habits to go right out the window. At parties, I get so caught up chatting with friends and relatives that a glass of water is the last thing on my mind. If I can manage to match one glass of water for every glass of wine, I’ll be a well-hydrated, happy camper.


2. Sweat every day – Even if it’s just a quick circuit workout in my tiny childhood bedroom, I’ll be prioritizing a daily workout. (Note: This is more to reduce the stress of big family functions than to offset an increased caloric intake.)

Do-anywhere workouts that pack a punch:
Rainy Day Full Body At-Home Workout
Barefoot Core Circuit
20 Minute Upper Body Workout


3. Try to get something green on my plate with every meal – This should be easy at lunch and dinner, but I plan to up the breakfast greens, as well. (Think Kale eggs or Nicoise Salad w/ a Poached Egg.)

Nicoise Salad with a poached egg


4. Stick with wine – White wine is my drink of choice year round, but even more so during the holidays when festive cocktails like eggnog and hot toddies are featured at the bar. I like white wine for its slightly lower calorie count and sugar content. Plus, sticking with one type of alcohol will significantly lesson my chances of waking up with a pounding headache.

Mar Vista Wine Night


5. Snack smart – When I’m hungry, I listen to my body; but I plan to reach for protein, not carbs. Snacking on a handful of almonds or carrots with peanut butter is going to quell my hunger much more effectively than chips or crackers.

Carrots and sun butter are a healthy snack


6. Live a little – For me, Christmas is one of the few holidays I get to spend with my family, so worrying about how many cookies I eat or how many minutes of cardio I get is a complete waste of my time. My time is better spent playing Catch Phrase with my relatives. (I think I like that game a little too much!)

Catch Phrase game night


Now I’m off to wrap a couple last minute gifts before heading off to my last spin class of 2014. What’s one of your healthy strategies during the holidays?



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