As we tread deeper into the holiday season, our eating habits may be taking a wrong turn toward overindulging. But don’t despair! Spinning® Master Instructor Nestor Salinas offers a few tips for avoid overeating this December.
We’re well into the holiday season and, before you know it, the New Year! Be sure to soak all in all of the celebration and take this time to socialize and be present at all of the wonderful family gatherings, work parties, and other social events you go to. But at these special occasions, it’s easy to lose sight of our fitness goals and go back for one more piece of pie or one more drink. In the midst of our holiday festivities, how can we make sure that this doesn’t happen?
Here are three tips I use that can keep you on track through the holiday (party) season:
Pre-Eat: It’s a great idea to “pre-eat,” before arriving at a family or social gathering. Eat a well-balanced snack or meal, preferably something packed with protein and vitamins (like vegetables) that will help stabilize your blood sugar. You’ll arrive at the gathering to socialize instead of eat, and you’ll be able to focus on what really matters: your loved ones!
Alcohol: Be mindful about holiday beverages. Sweet sugary drinks, especially alcoholic ones, are full of calories. Avoid drinking your calories and save ‘em for the good stuff! Make sure you have a responsible plan for returning home at the end of the party so that you aren’t tempted to imbibe that next drink.
Routines: Don’t change your normal diet. If you generally have good eating habits, don’t let the season and all of your social engagements change your normal routine. Stick to it! Even if you have more treats or sides at your holiday gatherings, sticking to your normal, healthy diet will keep you on track into the new year!
And for a bonus tip, don’t be afraid to indulge a little! Remember that this is a season about being with family, friends and loved ones. Don’t let guilt of deviating from your diet stop you from enjoying the holiday season!