So, as I’ve already heard from so many of my clients about their personal fears regarding the holiday season and gaining extra pounds or undoing the progress they’ve worked so dang hard for, I’ve decided to give a few tips or concepts on the matter.
Firstly, let’s talk about mindset we approach the holidays with. Most of us fall to one side of a coin; either a sense of horror as mentioned above that we might somehow undo our progress and therefore spin out of control into a violent tailspin of negative weight gain and thusly, self loathing and shame…OR we don’t give a crap and “we’ll take this seriously right after things settle down from the holiday madness…besides…how unreasonable would it be to try to stick to healthy eating at this time of year? pshh…no, thank you.”
My first notion to keep in mind is that what you eat on the holiday itself is far less important to worry about than what you eat the rest of the year. That’s not a license to eat everything on the table, of course. The point is that if you’re eating clean, like we should be during the year, with our warranted cheat meals and such, the holiday feeding simply isn’t an issue. So, don’t panic. I would recommend treating this holiday as any other weekend cheat meals and plan precisely what you truly feel you don’t get to eat very often and that you’re willing to take in the calories for. For many of my clients, I allow them 2, maybe 3 cheat meals per week assuming they’ve done their prescribed cardio and made all of their sessions that week. So, this would be no different for them, or me for that matter. Thanksgiving day will include a single cheat meal for me since I won’t be traveling but to one place, but for those of you who are venturing two or more places, plan two cheat meals and really focus on portion control and not overstuffing yourself. Read More