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Your Guide to a Healthier Holiday

Posted December 23rd, 2019 @ 09:12pm by: Jessica Olson

The week of Christmas has arrived! I'm sure we're all running around like crazy with last-minute shopping, cleaning, wrapping, etc.

How do we get through the next two weeks without derailing our hard work, and adding 5 pounds to the New Year's resolution total? I am here to help!

I'm going to give you tips, tricks, and a few recipes that can help you survive the Holidays, while staying in line with the healthy life you're leading!

Alright, let's start from the beginning!

  1. Start your morning by drinking 8-16 ounces of water. Starting your day with water will kick start your metabolism, and give you a natural morning jolt!
  2. Press play (if you're a Beachbody on demand lover, like me), go to the gym, get out for a walk, whatever you need to do to get at least 30 minutes of exercise! If you're really looking to torch some calories and set yourself up for a day of indulgence, do 30 minutes of high intensity cardio; running, biking, or any of the high intensity cardio options available through Beachbody on demand. Follow this with 15-30 minutes of weight lifting. This workout type is perfect, the cardio will have your metabolism on fire and burn tons of calories, and following it up with a weight lifting session will keep the calories burning throughout the rest of the day, helping to combat some of those less than ideal food and drink choices.
  3. Follow your workout with a healthy base breakfast. Something with a lean protein and vegetables! This will keep you full, and capitalize on the workout you just completed.

My morning meal looks something like this:

Veggie, Turkey Egg Scramble:

1-pound ground turkey

2 tbsp. minced garlic

3 cup mixed greens (I use the power blend from Costco)

1 cup mushrooms

1 Cup baby tomatoes

8 eggs

? cup unsweetened almond milk (optional, you can use water as well)

sea salt and pepper to taste

I ground the turkey with the minced garlic. Once the turkey is completely ground, I add the greens and cook for a few minutes until soft, then I add the mushrooms and tomatoes, and cook for a few more minutes until they have mixed in and softened. Last, I add the eggs and cook until the eggs are scrambled and the entire mixture is complete. Add Salt and pepper to your liking! This recipe is so easy and this will make you about 5 servings, I love having this on hand so I can get a nutrient dense start to my day!

Now that we've worked out, hydrated, and filled our bellies with a great breakfast, it's time to start prepping for the festivities! Whether you're hosting or attending there's always opportunities for you to contribute healthier options!

This year we hosted! I made sure I had a large vegetable tray for healthy grazing, and a healthy side dish that could be the largest portion of my meal.

4. Vegetable tray - this gives you the option to be snacking throughout the day without having to load up on the chips, dips, and cookies!

5. Healthy side dish - This is where I start come dinner time, and it was the largest portion. This helps keep the more indulgent options in moderation.

Brussel Sprouts with Butternut squash, Walnuts and Cranberries:

The amounts on this are really dependent on your preference and how many your feeding, mine looked like this:

2 cups brussels sprouts halved (I also trim the bottom off)

2 cups butternut squash (I buy the pre cubed from Costco.because why not!!)

? cup chopped walnuts

? cup dried unsweetened cranberries

2 tbsp. olive or grapeseed oil

cinnamon and sea salt to taste

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, transfer to greased baking dish
(I use olive oil cooking spray), size depends on the quantities your cooking for. Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes until the vegetables are to a consistency of your choosing (I like mine slightly burnt)

6. Let's talk beverages.for me, this is one of the most difficult things to moderate during the Christmas season. Drinks are flowing, everyone's having a good time, but alcohol can really derail your progress, so if possible keep your drinks to a minimum, 1-2 is best!

Here's a few things that have helped me:

  • Stick with wines that have a lower sugar content. Pinot grigio or cabernet are good options
  • Clear liquors mixed with soda water, and adding a lemon or lime for more flavor
  • Light beers or low-calorie, low card options (White claw, Truly, Press, the list goes on)
  • Drinking slow and alternating water, or sparkling water, between beverages will cut the drinks down
  • This year I mixed cabernet with sparkling water, that way I had a larger drink that would last longer with half the amount of alcohol

Any way you slice it, for any healthy lifestyle the alcohol consumed should be in moderation.

The caloric/sugar intake is not the only way alcohol derails your progress. It lowers your inhibitions causing you to make unhealthier options with your food. You probably won't feel well the next day, meaning a second day of choices that aren't in line with your goals. Your body also works hard to process the alcohol in your system and break it down, during this time it's not burning fat the way it normally does, causing weight gain.

To wrap this up.enjoy your life, but keep moderation in mind. Don't sacrifice the things your working towards for the momentary pleasure alcohol and other indulgences bring. Now, I know that's easier said than done, it's a constant struggle that's always evolving, but with time it gets easier to moderate your indulgences and find joy in making the healthy choice!

I hope this helps you enjoy the next few weeks, as we celebrate Christmas and wrap up 2019 without completely leaving your hard work and goals behind!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

In Good Health,

-The Fit Fix