The holidays bring about a hectic season of shopping, socializing, celebrating and eating!
Time spent with family and friends usually turns into extra large meals, extravagant desserts and more than a couple of drinks.
But … you don’t have to give up on your quest to be fit and fabulous just because you hear Christmas jingles everywhere.
Here are four quick and easy short cuts to enjoy your holidays without losing your fitness goals.
1. Do Not save calories for a big dinner
Even if you are anticipating a bit of indulgence during your evening meal, skipping meals during the day is not going to help you. Eat a substantial but sensible breakfast and a light meal several hours before the Big One.
Otherwise, you'll likely be extremely hungry, leaving you vulnerable to making less favorable food decisions during your holiday meal.
Not to mention, you'll probably be cranky, and family or no family, no one will want to deal with that.
2. Do drink a lot of water throughout the day, especially right before the meal
A glass or two of water before the meal will take the edge off your hunger and help you recognize fullness faster. Plus, drinking a lot of water is pretty good advice, regardless of the time of year.
3. Do enjoy your favorite foods at dinner
Some think that at dinner, they should ONLY eat steamed veggies, salad, and lean turkey breast -- and that's it. Not so.
Depriving yourself any taste of your delicious favorite meals just to eat steamed veggies and lean turkey breast is not going to benefit you as much as you might think.
You can still celebrate and enjoy your meal without going overboard.
Sure - bulk up on the lighter stuff (salad, broth-based soup, white-meat turkey, non-creamy veggies, etc.), but allow yourself to take a few bites of your favorites as well. Just be smart and keep it moderate. And, maybe add some exercise to your day of festivities or directly afterward!
4. Do have dessert without feeling guilty
If you fill up on protein and veggies at dinner, in all likelihood you should not be too hungry by the dessert time. In that case, grab a small sweet treat and pair it with some flavored tea or coffee -- maybe contribute some dessert-flavored coffee or holiday-themed tea to the feast. (Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Gingerbread Spice are GREAT.)
And as for the sweet stuff, choose wisely. If you know that a sliver of your cousin Kim's three-layer caramel cheesecake always leads to four and a half slices, pass up that trigger food for something you can enjoy without going into a sugar-coma.
There are always methods to hang onto your health and fitness plan year-round. Be creative, be festive and most of all be thankful and enjoy holiday season and everything that comes with it. Happy Holidays!
Come Chill in San Diego with Bootique!
We’re enjoying the holiday season at Bootique Fitness.
We’ve been so lucky with the incredibly warm winter days in our outdoor boot camps. It makes it so much easier to workout outside, even if it’s dark, when it’s not too cold.
Zumba has been running well, too.
We did a Zumba fundraiser class on Thanksgiving. Twenty-five women came out and raised $301 for the Saint Vincent de Paul Village. It was really inspiring to see so many ladies come out for a great workout before ‘the big dinner’.
2012 promises to be a big year.
We’re kicking it off by participating in the Diva Dash All Women Three mile obstacle course in January. Check out our free, six-week training program for Diva Dash participants, including free Saturday boot camp classes.
Plus, you can use our code “SDBF” to save $10 off the Diva Dash run.
See the full Diva Dash six-week training program HERE
Jaylin Allen is a local fitness expert in San Diego, known for getting her clients in shape in record time through her popular "Boot Camps For Women" and "Zumba" classes. For more information about Jaylin, fitness, or her classes, be sure to check out Bootique Fitness or call (619) 602-8087.