It seems the holiday season comes sooner and sooner every year and if I had to offer one tip to help you survive the season, it would be to not try to lose weight during the holidays, but simply maintain.  Don’t put the extra stress on yourself ~ there’s already enough of that without the worry of trying to lose weight too!  Can I get an amen!?

Here are a few tips to help you not put on those extra 8-13 pounds that most Americans gain during the holiday months.  Ouch.

Healthy Holiday Habits by TeamSam Fitness

Exercise first thing in the morning.  Lay your running or exercise gear and clothes out the night before and have everything ready to go.  Set your clock early and make your mind up that this is how you’ll begin your day. Starting the day with exercise sets the tone on how we’ll do for the remainder of the day.

Drink more water.  It’s okay to have the occasional indulgence of egg nog and wine and such, but don’t forget about your water too.  Try to drink more water than the other stuff to stay hydrated and keep full.

Practice portion control.  Don’t graze around the buffet table.  This is a hard habit to break, but if you’re like me, I tend to get full just by grazing and then when everyone else is ready to eat, I’ve already had way to much to eat from grazing!

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Eat a high protein packed breakfast.  Whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast!  Eat your protein first whether it be eggs or a protein shake, starting your meal with protein will put your body in fat burning mode and rev up your metabolism.  Skipping breakfast or even drinking a glass of OJ first thing in the am without that added protein will put your body in fat storing mode!

Keep healthy food and snacks convenient.  Avoid the temptation and don’t buy the sweet stuff and junkie holiday goodies.  Fill your pantry and fridge with healthier options such as almonds, healthy granola, fresh fruits and vegetables to grab as a quick snack.

For Potluck, take something healthy that you will eat.  Whenever we go to a party or family get together and we have to bring a dish, I always take along a healthy food item that I know I will eat–my staple has become roasted vegetables.  I cut up a mixture of squash, zucchini, mushrooms and an assortment of peppers, toss with olive and salt and pepper and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes.  Delish!  Now I have a healthier option to eat instead of the usual high starch, high fat options that are normally there!

Most importantly! Relax and enjoy time with your family!  Merry Christmas friends!


What are your own healthy holiday tips?

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