Monday, November 16, 2015

Don't Pack on the Extra Holiday Pounds

Un-Brides. It's holiday season - a.k.a. The Devil's way of undoing all of the hard work you've put in before your wedding. 

I used to be the queen of the yo-yo. Pack on at least 10 pounds over the holidays. Work hard from January to May to get that 10 off. Still feel self conscious in a bathing suit. Say screw it and stuff your face over the holidays. Repeat. 

Endless cycle feel familiar? 

Here are some tips for not packing on those extra holiday pounds:

1. Keep Eating!

You heard me right, but it's not what you hoped for. You should be eating every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism going, but this does not mean eating leftover stuffing and pumpkin pie every 2-3 hours. 

Don't starve yourself all day and then splurge on a huge meal. Eat small healthy meals throughout the day so your metabolism can handle the cheat one. Always have some protein bars on hand or some trail mix so you can snack on them at the first signs of hunger.

2. Flush it Out!

You know I've harped on the importance of water since the beginning of the year. You better believe my 32 oz. water will still be present at Thanksgiving dinner! Because it is pretty inevitable to avoid bad foods over the holidays, it is even more important that you get your 100 oz. of water in a day!

Another little trick I use around the holidays is teas. Not to get into too much detail, but they really help de-sludge your system, if you know what I mean. Try any type of peppermint tea at night so you are ready to go in the morning. It's sad, but as I've gotten older I've found there is no greater joy than starting out the day with a good BM. 

3. Have a Cheat Meal, not a Cheat Day!

It may be last, but it is certainly not least. Whenever I would eat bad for breakfast, I thought that would then give me license to eat bad for the rest of the day. This day would then turn into the rest of the week. Low and behold, that cheat meal has now somehow turned into a cheat month! Surely, some type of cleanse would then be tried. 

I now allow myself 1-2 cheat meals a week. Over the holidays at home, with all of the eating out, it seems like this is closer to a cheat meal a day, but I try to balance it out. If I know I'm going out to dinner, I stick to all protein and vegetables during the day leading up to it. Then I don't feel bad about splurging. 

You should be able to enjoy the food you eat. And you'll enjoy the splurge foods even more if you aren't eating them endlessly. 

I know the holidays are hard, but just look at it as doing your best to stay strong so you are having less work to do in the new year!

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