I’m guessing if you are reading this, you are like me – passionate about health and fitness. This time of year can be stressful at the best of times, but if you’re concerned about gaining weight or undoing your level of leanness, the thoughts of lots of tasty foods loaded with calories and sitting around all day can be an extra worry.
So What’s My Advice?
As someone who not only works in the health and fitness industry helping people to get into the best shape of their lives, but someone who also has the same concerns, my advice is to eat, drink and be merry! The holiday season only happens once a year and it’s meant to be a time of joy and celebration with family and friends, so do that.
I will be enjoying some of my Mom’s homemade Christmas cake full of dried fruits, sugar and flour and topped with almond and icing. I’ll also be eating plenty of homemade Christmas pudding, again made with tons of juicy dried fruits, sugars, flour, bread crumbs, Guinness and Whiskey served warm with a big dollop of fresh whipped cream! These foods remind me of the holidays when I was a kid, so I am going to have them and not feel one bit guilty.
What If You Still Want To Eat Healthy Over The Holidays?
Eating healthier versions of traditional dishes is great, if you want to do that by all means do. I would suggest eating lots of colorful veggies instead of loading up on breads and stuffing, making fresh cranberry sauce with less sugar and adding in some fresh orange, keeping well hydrated with water, cantaloupe and watermelon to minimise bloating. Again, this is wonderful but don’t get too hung up on it, it’s only a day.
Also DON’T workout on Christmas Day
That’s right I said don’t work out on Christmas Day. Take time to relax and really enjoy the day, you don’t want to miss a second of it. If you’re truly committed to being fit and healthy you’ll quickly get back into your fitness pursuits and be back on track in no time. Trust me.
This is the one time I will be giving this type of advice, so enjoy it. Happy Holidays!