By: Nick Thomas
The weather is finally changing, and with the cooler temperatures comes more time inside on the couch and holiday baking. So with current conditions causing separation from normal holiday events, we have to stay even more focused on our nutrition habits. These things combined tend to make us less active and more snack prone, which means it easy for the weight to creep on and cause issues quickly.
A big part of staying on track is being disciplined in day-to-day life so that when it comes time for those rare moments when we get to dress up and step out in today’s world, we can enjoy a few of those indulgences the season brings without guilt or fear of it destroying our daily hard work and fitness goals. Now is the perfect time to really focus on personal ways to stay active and make sure to be consistent at least 3 to 4 days a week. Have a friend check in daily for accountability with exercising and maybe even some basic aspects of nutrition.
One of the simple and most disciplined choices to make when it comes to nutrition is this — if it is not in the house, it cannot be eaten! Save the treats for when you are out. For example, do not make baking the holiday goodies a pastime…make it, have a bite or two and then give it away to the favorite people in your life. This limits the temptation and keeps nibbling to a minimum. Also, make the grocery list at home with a good healthy menu for the week, and at the store, stick to only what is on the list. Do not give in to the seasonal specials that inevitably will be on every endcap. Even better, use grocery pick-up or delivery. This keeps exposure low and absolutely no temptations in the store!
If and when those small gatherings do happen, stick to small portions of only the most favorite items! Maybe even eat a small healthy and well-balanced meal prior to going, lessening the temptation to overindulge. When choosing from the amazing food spreads at gatherings, remember the best choices are always the ones that ingredients are easily distinguished. Casseroles and dishes covered in heavy sauces pack a huge unwanted punch, while all-natural whole foods will be filling and tend to be less detrimental to the body.
The last major tip is to drink at least 84-ounces of water every day. Staying well hydrated each day is another way to battle cravings and temptations. Finally, choose beverages wisely at the party. Steer clear of the alcohol and sugary drinks, at least in excessive amounts. Choosing water not only keeps the body feeling good, but also helps it better process the treats being consumed. Enjoy the season and all the fun, but as the old saying goes, “Do everything in moderation” even at home. Do not let the changes of the season destroy the goals and hard work that you have done.
By: Nick Thomas
Prime Performance Training, and Certified Sports Nutritionist