It’s a wonderful time of the year! We are visiting friends all around our communities, and traveling afar to be with loved ones. But how can we stay on “track” during this time of the year? Here are some tips for you and your family as you keep a healthy mindset over the next few weeks.
Host your own party with a variety of healthy treats
Take the focus off food: Turn baking events into crafty events
Stress less! Try yoga and breathing techniques
Winter is cold & flu time, avoid sugar & stress to keep your immunity up
Don’t diet during the holidays, just maintain your weight by making healthy choices
Make time to exercise
Don’t be too strict on yourself, but be wise
Heading to a party? We know those can be so tempting with all the treats, sugar, and casseroles! Try some of these tips as you party-hop!
Make yourself a protein shake before, you will arrive already full and avoid tempting foods
Pick a small plate.This will keep you from filling up with unhealthy foods
Drink water to avoid extra sugar & calories throughout the evening
Look over the whole buffet before making your choices
Hang out by the fruit & veggie trays
Bring something healthy and yummy to the party, try Brooke’s Brownies
Encourage a family walk (after the big meal)
On the road? You’ll want to spend a little time preparing before you go. You can maintain a healthy weight and curb those fast food temptations with a few of these handy snacks.
Make your own trail mix (try cranberries, almonds, walnuts, & cashews with a sprinkle of Himalayan Salt)
Prepare a healthy snack basket (left)
Bring dried fruit, try Goji Berries a great superfood
Make ahead some Brooke’s protein balls & bars
Snack on homemade granola
Freeze protein shakes in small mason jars
When you’re traveling, you may not have access to a kitchen, so unfortunately, we have to resort to fast food joints. Here are a few tips for you as you eat out with your family.
Fast Food on the Road:
Try the oatmeal at Starbucks
Choose an all veggie sub at Subway
Order soup and salad at Panera, but not the cheesy, creamy ones! Try the vegetable or french onion!
Seek out juice bars
When we’re on the road, we often have to buy a packaged product here or there. If you have this issue, consider these tips!
Buying Packaged Foods:
Look at the Ingredient List first, not the Nutritional Facts
Don’t let sugar be in the first 3 ingredients. (such as High Fructose Corn Syrup, Barley Malt, Beet Sugar, Fructose, Brown Rice Syrup, Cane Sugar, etc..)
Try healthy sugar substitutes like Stevia & Xylotol. NuStevia brand is my favorite (beware of fakes like Truvia). Find Xylotol in the Vitamin aisle
Don’t be fooled by “organic”, “natural”, or “vegan” on the box
Look for products that you can pronounce all the ingredients
Shop for products that have 5 or less ingredients
You can do this!! You are now empowered with the knowledge of making this a great holiday season. It’s tempting to just take a vacation from health, but don’t do it! It is much harder to get back on track if you stray far from how well you’re doing today! Get in touch with me [email protected]!