by Kelsey Fields
Christmas has officially taken over my home. Pickles the elf is keeping Max in line (seriously why didn’t I get a Pickles sooner?) and the halls have been decked. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Family, friends, holiday food, parties, gifts, holiday food, Hallmark Christmas movies, holiday food.
Soooo about that holiday food…Christmas is a month away and I already have five holiday parties on the calendar. Parties that include little smokies, cheese, more cheese, meatballs, cookies, cheesecake, punch and soft drinks. Based on those wonderful foods, It’s not a surprise that the average person gains a few pounds over the holiday. But I’ve been working my hot crossed buns off this whole year and I’m not about to set myself back a month. Even for cheese. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Here’s how I plan to keep my belly from turning into a bowl full of jelly:
- Bring a Healthy Side. I always bring a spinach salad with feta, strawberries, shallots, walnuts, and my homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I fill up most of my plate with it so I don’t have room for naughty foods.
- Get Your Workouts In. Set your alarm and workout first thing in the morning so the holiday hustle and bustle doesn’t stop you. We are in the car right now headed to KS to see my folks for Thanksgiving. It’s a 6 hour drive so by the time we get there all motivation to workout will be gone. Butttt guess who has two thumbs and already killed a 40 minute cardio workout first thing this morning? It isn’t Blake. It’s me. Duh. Post dinner, bundle all the kids up and go for a family walk. Even if it’s just ten minutes, it’s enough to get your blood flowing and a good reminder that being healthy is a priority.
- Don’t Save Calories. Do not, I repeat, do not bank calories for your special event. If you save up all your calories you will walk into the party like a mommy on fire and easily consume more than your daily allowance of calories. Instead, eat a sensible breakfast and lunch, and try a healthy snack before you walk out the door. Beef jerky provides you with quick protein and will keep you full for longer.
- Limit Desserts. I’m all for desserts. I haven’t totally turned to the dark side. I have a soul. Butttt try limiting it to one serving of dessert per party, yeah? Also a serving doesn’t mean using holiday magic to pack and pile a ridiculous amount of cake onto a dessert plate. Try to think of getting an amount comparable to a cup.
- Water, Water, Water. Drinking water increases your metabolism, decreases your cravings, aids weight loss, flushes toxins, and fights belly bloat. Pretty much everything you need during the holidays, am I right? Aim to consume half your bodyweight in ounces of water. Mommy tip, try and drink it early on so you aren’t waking up at night to use the restroom. You do that enough to take care of the babies!
- Send the Leftovers. Get out that fancy Christmas colored saran wrap and remove the food from your house! Out of sight out of mind. You’re a gracious host because you sent your guests home with food and you’re a smart mama for removing temptation. Win-win!
It’s okay to indulge every now and then but moderation is key. If you balance holiday eating with a good exercise regimen you won’t need any elastic waistband pants or ugly Christmas sweaters. I hope this holiday season brings you peace, joy, happiness, and self-control :-).
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Kelsey is a stay-at-home mom and just recently completed her degree in elementary education. She is a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and soon to be one-year-old, Mick.