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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?
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.PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust. MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, or as a substitute for medical advice. Please consult with your advising physician before starting any treatment for a medical condition. Real Nutritious Living, LLC shall not be held liable or responsible for any misunderstanding or misuse of the information contained on this site or for any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by any treatment, action, or application of any food or food source discussed in this site.