5 Tips to Stay on Track During the Holidays

Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day… we have so much to celebrate between now and 2017! While the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year, it can be difficult sticking with our health and fitness goals. The allure of the dessert table is strong!! So we raise our glasses and give a hearty ‘here-here’ to sticking to our health goals during holiday season!!

1) You are NOT more hungry during November and December you are more thirsty so get lots of H20! Often times when we think we are hungry we are actually just thirsty. Increasing our water intake will help the kidneys excrete the excess salt and water from your body quickly and decrease the bloat. Be sure you are getting the recommended amount of water each day in order to flush your body out. A helpful tip is drinking between half an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. Ex. ~ If you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. 2) Revisit your 'trackable' goals. Goal setting creates vision and motivation as well as FOCUS. Be specific and make sure you can track your health and fitness goals. "Exercise at least 4 days per week and eat incorporating fruits & veggies per meal a day" - are both trackable! Setting realistic + trackable goals will keep you from feeling less guilt and more freedom this holiday season.

3) EBYG. Ok - I’ve got ya - it stands for “eat-before-ya-go” The easiest way to keep your cravings under control is to eat something healthy before heading to the party. That way you’re not tempted to graze and eat a bunch of food you don’t normally eat. Also when the dessert table calls your name, pick one and walk away. Hard to do but you’ll feel better later. 4) Find a friend. Getting some accountability from a friend that is willing to come alongside you and share their health goals with you is super helpful. Both set of goals don't need to be the same but willing to share their progress as well. 5) Spike your heart rate not the punch! As the weather becomes cooler and it’s dark outside it’s easy become unmotivated to work out. Although taking time for an active workout won't cancel out unhealthy eating, it can boost your body's metabolism and hopefully rid your body of those sugars.

In the midst of the 'holiday food overload' it's a fantastic way to stay focused on living healthy. I'm excited to help as many ladies as I can, check out my 5 Day Kickstart Program! This group will start January 9th. Sign up here!