My fitness philosophy is fairly simple: Work out smart and get better results from training less. In my fitness and nutrition blog, I will regularly focus on various topics so my clients can benefits from my passion – a healthy lifestyle.
My goal is to educate my clients so they view fitness and nutrition as a lifestyle change, not just a one-off training session to get in shape for their next acting role or wedding, but to change their overall daily fitness and eating habits. Knowledge is power and I’m here to educate, empower and on occasion make you laugh to keep you motivated.
Now that the holidays have snuck up on us, we all tend to overeat and overextend ourselves during the holidays not taking enough time for ourselves – neglecting our fitness and nutritional regimens. It’s easy to overindulge at the office holiday party, but the ramifications can creep up on you and before you know it, instead of following the 5 healthy holiday eating tips, you’ve added the 10 extra holiday pounds.
Here are my 5 tips for staying healthy through the holidays:
• Eat before the holiday parties – If you’re headed to a holiday party, chances are good you will have the tendency to overeat; it’s the holiday season after all – eat, drink and be merry? Not so much. Be smart and plan ahead. Eat a small, healthy, balanced meal before you leave for the party and the chances are good you will be less likely to overindulge at the party. Be sure to choose wisely; we all know where the foods at a holiday party are usually laden with a ton of calories: cakes, cookies, pies, deviled eggs, eggnog, etc. Bring a veggie tray to a holiday party and don’t deviate from your snack choices and you will save hundreds of calories.
• Traditional holiday feasts minus the guilt – Now that the Internet has made it so easy to find absolutely anything, it’s easy to take your favorite holiday foods and substitute sugar, salt and fat with other ingredients. You may be surprised at how tasty some of these dishes can be. The Mayo Clinic has a fantastic version of how to change recipes to low fat and lower sodium versions and Cooking Light Magazine also has great recipes for making your favorite holiday baked goods with low fat, low sugar and low sodium.
• Beware of drinks with hidden calories.
Cocktails, punch, spiked coffees, eggnog, etc. have a ton of calories and once you have one, your resistance is down and you think: “What the heck? What is wrong with one, or three more drinks?” Alcohol has a ton of calories and combined with the calorie-laden holiday food, you can easily add more than thousand calories in just one evening, by overindulging. Go for calorie-free drinks whenever possible.
• Don’t forget the fitness – You are running errands a 100-miles an hour trying to shop, work, hit every party in town and plan for the in-laws to visit, but you are also forgetting one important aspect – you have forgotten to take care of yourself. Sticking with your fitness routine is one of the most important presents you can give yourself during the holidays – again, put yourself on the list – keep moving through the holiday season and plan for extra physical activity to balance out extra eating. Every little bit helps – even parking far away from your destination so you have to walk more, or taking the stairs whenever possible.
• Buffet tables just signal trouble – Your Aunt Betty makes the absolute best pecan pie and the recipe has been in your family for nearly 100 years, and while it’s delicious, it probably has more calories than your entire daily caloric intake. While the pie is usually at the end of the buffet table, the entire buffet table is pure trouble if you don’t choose wisely. Generally speaking, eating the passed hors d’ouevres rather diving into the buffet table can stop overeating; because people generally eat fewer appetizers, than overindulging at a buffet table. Try to focus your holiday party more on visiting with friends and family than focusing on food – because truly, that’s what the holidays really are about – family, friends and being grateful for our loved ones.
From my family to yours, I wish you a very happy, healthy and joyous holiday!
~ Tony Martinez