It is that time of year when people are celebrating all around the world: Diwali, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. This can create quite a challenging situation for someone trying to stay fit. How do we navigate these potential dietary minefields without totally falling off the rails?
Here are a few other tricks I've picked up along the way:
Set Your Intention: Whether it is to stay totally compliant to the gram, keep within the spirit of the program and eyeball healthier options, or go for a small glass of wine or a sweet treat, make sure your intention is clear and set before going in. If you set a vague intention such as, “I will do the best that I can,” then this won't keep you accountable. Too often, non-measurable goals are excuses in disguise!
The Company You Keep: Have a friend/family member/spouse who knows that your are on a training program close at hand. They can help support and encourage you while you are making some sterling food and beverage choices over the holidays. Having a supportive person in the room can make all the difference.
Eat This, Not That: There are always healthier options that you can run with instead of less healthy ones. Fill up on lean meat, veggies, and fruits instead of cheesy potatoes, rich sauces, sausage stuffing, and pumpkin pie.
Portion Control: Take one plate of food and don’t go back for seconds.
Remember, YOU are in control, and although peer pressure can mount, especially at this time of year, you are doing something for the benefit of your wellness. Don’t lose sight of that.
Happy Holidays, everyone!!!
By: Jim Matt // Kenzai Trainer
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