I'm the first to admit that when it comes to the abundance of sweets and treats during the holidays, I'm not usually one to say no. After years of balancing between wanting to enjoy and not wanting to pack on the seasonal pounds, I've found that keeping a few things in mind help me to stay on course without missing out on all the goodies!
- Keep up your workout routine: I know this seems like common sense but when things get really busy, sometimes working out is the first thing to go. Continuing to workout will not only keep your metabolism up, but it'll keep you on track for after the Holidays. Plus, burning those extra calories makes room for more of the fun stuff!
- Indulge, but don't over indulge: Sometimes when I deny myself is when I end up going overboard. Allowing yourself to enjoy in moderation and small portions will help you to feel like you're not missing out but also won't make you feel miserable.
- Don't keep sweets in your house: Self discipline isn't my strong suit, especially when something resembling dessert is around. SO! I don't keep sweets in our house. When we go to events or parties around the Holidays, it's fun to eat the yummy stuff but keeping it in my house will put me in my fat pants quicker than you can say SUGAR COOKIE. My one exception to this rule is that we have a hot cocoa bar in our kitchen and once a week, we will snuggle up in front of the fire for a Christmas movie. So the hot cocoa is a must! Most nights we do apple cider so it's totally guilt free.
- Eat clean when you can: Try keeping fresh veggies and simple clean foods in your house for most of your meals to be light and healthy. That way, when you do indulge in the heavier foods, it won't hit you like a ton of bricks.