Hi, it’s Megan, your CrossFit Vint Hill coach!
Leftover Halloween candy, Thanksgiving, Christmas, holiday parties, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day…this time of year can be a complete whirlwind of family and fun with lots and lots of food and drink mixed in!
Think about this for a minute. Today, November 5, is 58 days away from January 1, 2020. Many of us will choose to wait until the new year to start making healthy nutrition changes in our lives. Let’s say you eat 3 meals per day. Between now and the new year, you’ll eat approximately 174 meals. Roughly 10-12 of those meals will be “special” meals where you’ll be around delicious yet perhaps not so nutritious food and will be tempted to indulge:
Thanksgiving: 2 holiday meals (including leftovers)
Christmas Eve: 1 holiday meal
Christmas Day: 2 holiday meals
New Year’s Eve: 1 holiday meal
Holiday Parties: ~5 holiday meals
Are you going to let these 11 meals keep you from creating change in your nutrition now?! It is possible to make healthy choices AND enjoy every minute of this holiday season without sacrificing your goals. I PROMISE!
Here are a few tips for staying on track this holiday season:
#1 - Don’t skip meals! Skipping a meal with the goal of “saving calories” for a holiday event can backfire and lead to overeating due to overwhelming feelings of hunger. Have a balanced snack before leaving the house to help keep your appetite in check and prevent overeating. Plus, no one wants to get hangry!
#2 – Bring a healthy dish to holiday parties and events! A fool-proof plan for making sure there is something you can eat guilt-free at any party is to bring it yourself! A veggie tray or a colorful salad are great choices!
#3 - Think color and follow the plate method (yes, even for holiday meals!)! Have a plan to fill ½ your plate with a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies, ¼ of the plate with a protein, and ¼ of your plate with a starch.
#4 - Choose your drinks wisely! Alcoholic beverages contribute empty calories and can cause you to make poor judgments when it comes to food. If you do choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation, and alternate each drink with a glass of water.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to get your nutrition on track before the new year, email our nutrition team today at :
Don’t wait! Your post-holiday self will thank you!