3 Tips to keep you LEAN through the holidays

It’s that time of year again and we all know what that means. Lot’s of extra cakes, pies, candy, holiday drinks, and overindulgence. This is the time of year when most people “Throw it all out the Window” in terms of sticking to their eating plan. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 3 tips to help you stay lean throughout the holiday season.

Tip #1 – Portion Control

Maintaining a reasonable portion during your holiday meals means that you will consume less calories. If you are already planning on wearing your sweat pants to holiday dinner to accommodate the new food baby you’ll be growing then you might want to adopt a new strategy. Try using a smaller plate or only fill half your plate. Another great way to control portions is to take just a little bit of each thing. Do your best to load up on the nutrient dense veggies as they have the fewest calories and the highest nutrient density. Bottom line is stop when you feel content and not when you feel like a stuffed Thanksgiving Turkey.

Tip #2 – Find Healthier Alternatives

With just a little research online you can find a ton of recipes that take place of the traditional unhealthy dishes. You would be surprised at how tasty some of the alternatives are. You just have to be willing to give it a try. Many holiday parties are Pot Luck – this means that you are responsible for bringing a dish to the party. One thing I always do is plan on bringing a healthy dish so I know I will have at least one thing on the menu that is good for me (and everyone else).

Here are a few links to websites that will have healthier options.

Holiday Dishes: Huffington Post

Chef and Plant Based Dietitian

Forks Over Knives Recipes

The Happy Herbivore Holiday Recipes

Tip #3 – Eat a Healthy Meal right before you attend a holiday party

If you are going to a party where you know the food is not going to be healthy then here is what you should do. This strategy that has worked well for me and will work well for you as well. Simply eat a high nutrient dense meal (lots of greens and veggies, some fruit, Beans or Quinoa, etc.) to fill you up. This will hopefully curb your desire to gorge on unhealthy stuff. You can just eat some small taster portions at the party.

Be good and make wise decisions this holiday season.


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About the Author

Justin is a Functional Strength & Conditioning Coach who serves clients in Private and Small Group Training throughout the Conejo Valley including Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, Camarillo. He is certified as a Performance Enhancement Specilaist through NASM, Kettlebell Instructor through IKFF, Monkey Bar Gym CNT2. He is also the author of the "Real World fitness System Ebook ".