5 Tricks to Stay Slim Through the Holidays

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Have you ever wondered about the best way to stay on track during the holiday season? Here are our top five tricks to stay slim and trim this holiday season. 

1. Make your plate as colorful as possible

By filling your plate with half fruits and veggies (aka color) you’ll be well nourished from the fiber, vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytochemicals, which will prevent illness, keep digestion on track and your energy up. This is one of the easiest ways to watch your portions.

2. Eat the rainbow first 

You don’t have to deny yourself a homemade roll or a slice of pie here and there…just make sure vegetables are the main part of your meal AND eat them first. That way, you will fill up on healthy, nutritious, and low-calorie foods before you splurge. This will ensure there’s less room for the treats.

3. Just add water

Soda water that is. It’s hard to avoid the holidays without partaking in a celebratory libation here and there. Many specialty drinks weigh in at 500-600 calories a pop! Whenever possible skip the sugary mixers and opt for soda water with a couple wedges of alkalizing lemon or lime.  Always have a glass of water per cocktail and try to limit yourself to 2 cocktails drinks, only after a meal or snack containing some healthy fat and protein. Never drink on an empty stomach. It starts a nasty carb craving cycle and you’ll likely end up munching.

4. Start each day with breakfast 

When we skip breakfast, the body increases production of stress hormones and starts to break down muscle (not fat – muscle!) to use for energy. It’s a very stressful situation for the body and wreaks havoc on blood sugar balance for the rest of the day. Breakfast should be consumed within 60 minutes of waking and it should be balanced including protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

5. Make your movement festive 

The holidays are supposed to be fun, so get out of the gym and melt some stress (and fat) with friends or family by skating, playing a game of touch football,  take a hike with your bestie or consider a 5k for charity.  Did you know ice skating burns 420 calories per hour? Who said you have to be inside a gym to make your workout count?

Central Park Skating

This is a shot I took of ice skaters and the gorgeous backdrop in Central Park, New York City.

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Melissa Schollaert is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor and founder of Real Nutritious Living. Helping others achieve their health goals to attain their healthiest, happiest life is her greatest ambition.

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Author: Melissa Schollaert

I'm Melissa—Holistic Health Coach & loving mama. My passion is to help others thrive through strategic eating (not dieting), living a toxic free life & creating healthier families.

4 thoughts on “5 Tricks to Stay Slim Through the Holidays”

  1. It sounds like you believe that eating breakfast daily should be a rule, and not an option. How can you disregard the solid evidence(and I mean, many significant studies) of the health benefits of Intermittent Fasting?

    1. You bring up a great and interesting point David. I agree there are many studies showing benefits of intermittent fasting. I am not a fan of fasting because I’ve found in my clients it creates rebound overeating, preoccupation with food and poor sleep. I’ve also seen may studies showing that skipping any meal, particularly breakfast leads to overall fatigue and potential overeating by the days end. These techniques are what have healed and I’ve found success with in my practice. I agree it’s not for everyone and we’re bio-individual.

  2. Melissa, This is just so true, I can’t agree more. I love eating the rainbow first and water tips. I have been to it and having veggies as a major portion and keeping yourself hydrated can really do wonder. I completely agree. Thanks for sharing all these points on one place because I am again looking for some inspiration to lose a few pounds and I think I have got that inspiration. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

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