Last week I gave you 5 easy tips to help avoid holiday weight gain over the Thanksgiving weekend. Below are 5 tips to keep you looking trim over the Christmas season. At this time of year there are lots of holiday parties, getting together with friends and family, Christmas baking…etc. These tips will help you enjoy the holidays but you will still be able to fit into your little black dress for New Year’s Eve!
1. Never show up hungry. Eat a 150 calorie snack before you go to the party. Example-string cheese and almonds or an apple with peanut butter. That way you won’t overeat because you are hungry.
2. Drink 1 glass of water when you arrive at the party. The water will help you feel fuller and curb cravings. Plus, if you have a drink in your hand it is harder to graze from the buffet!
3. Fill up on protein and fiber. You will be less likely to overeat. Shrimp cocktail, grilled chicken skewers and beef are good options.
4. You can never go wrong with veggies. Dip them in salsa for a different taste.
5. Treat yourself to dessert. That’s what it’s all about moderation and not feeling deprived.
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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
Did you know that on average people consume 4,200 calories just at the Thanksgiving dinner! Now that really isn’t enough to derail your hard work you have done this year, but if you decide to continue eating without abandon then you will wreak everything you worked so hard for.
Here are 5 tips to help you avoid holiday weight gain-Thanksgiving style. (watch for part 2-Christmas style coming soon)
1. Eat a balanced breakfast. Think eggs and whole wheat toast or greek yogurt and fruit. Don’t let yourself starve…..you will overeat later on to make up for how hungry you are feeling.
2. Before taking seconds, wait 20 minutes. If you are still hungry go ahead, if you are not hungry wait for the leftovers….tomorrow
3. Take a family walk after the Thanksgiving meal.
4. Start Friday with a workout and a balanced breakfast
5. Go ahead and have some leftovers, just watch your portion sizes and enjoy because Thanksgiving only comes around once!
Watch for 5 more tips to help you avoid holiday weight gain-Christmas style.
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How to weekend proof your diet
Did you know that in 2 days you can undo all the hard work you have done all week!! Here are some easy ways to still let loose, but not gain back everything you worked so hard for!
- Friday night happy hour-stick with 1 drink. If the bowl of goodies on the bar are calling your name, move them to somewhere else so you are not tempted to eat them.
- Saturday dinner-view the menu online and decide what you are going to order before heading to the restaurant or share an entrée with a friend, restaurant servings are usually 2-4 servings per plate!
- Sunday brunch-order an omelet with veggies and cheese. It will feel indulgent and fill you up. If you want pancakes order some for the table to share.
- Sunday night-if you really want that ice cream, put 1/2 cup in a bowl and then put the carton back in the freezer. Try going to bed early, a lot of people will eat when they are tired.
Use these tips this weekend to help you from derailing all your hard work from the week. Here’s to a happy weekend!
Some days it can be a struggle to get your workout in, especially during the busy holiday season. Here are 5 easy ways to sneak your workout in.
- 3 days a week get up 20 minutes earlier then you usually do to fit in a cardio/strength training workout
- Go to the gym over your lunch break. If you don’t have access to a gym, go for a walk outside or run the stairs at your workplace
- After supper go for a walk with the kids or a bike ride. If you live where it is too cold to go outside, run the stairs at home or have a jump rope contest.
- Exercise while at work. Sit on an exercise ball instead of on a chair. Bring a pair of dumbbells to work and once an hour do a set of squats, rows and bicep curls. Switch it up every hour.
- While watching TV, during commercial breaks do planks, jumping jacks, squats and push-ups.
Bonus! Here is a quick 15 minute workout you can do in the comfort of your home 15 minute workout
These are just some easy ways to sneak exercise into your schedule.
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This recipe is perfect when you want apple crisp just for 1 person or you want a low calorie fall dessert. Plus, this is the fastest apple crisp ever!
1/3 cup of water
2 TBSP of instant plain oatmeal
1 tsp of brown sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of butter
Put 1/3 cup water in a microwavable bowl. Core and peel your apple and put the apple in the bowl with the water. In a separate bowl combine oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Put the oatmeal mixture inside the core of the apple. Put in the microwave for 5 minutes. Take it out of the microwave and let cool for a couple of minutes. Approximately 140 calories, serves 1
After you workout a post workout snack is a great idea. There are a lot of different snacks you could have after your workout…
1 cup of chocolate skim milk, 1 banana with peanut butter or a protein shake. You want to make sure your post workout snack is low in calories and high in protein.
My favorite post workout shake is a chocolate peanut butter shake. I made it after hard strength training sessions.
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We all have been told to eat breakfast. We know that those people that eat breakfast actually eat less calories throughout the course of the day than the people that don’t eat breakfast. We also know eating breakfast is good for your body, it gets the mind and body going and helps us start the day on a healthy note. I also know that sometimes it is HARD to eat breakfast before running out the door. Some days we are running behind or so busy getting everyone else feed we forget to eat. So, here are 5 quick and easy breakfast ideas that you can implement today:
1. Protein smoothie and hard boiled egg (cook the egg the night before)
2. Instant oatmeal, it’s full of fiber and filling. Add peanut butter to it for an extra protein boost
3. Greek yogurt with fruit
4. Whole wheat toast with peanut butter
5. Protein bar and fruit
All of these ideas can be made in minutes or you can make them at your work or get them from your work cafeteria.
Cheers to a healthy start to the day!
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Fall is here. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler and football is in full swing. If you are headed off to a football party or to do some tailgating before the big game, read these tips so you can have your favorite snacks and still fit into your skinny jeans!
1. Before going to the party eat a snack with protein in it. Examples-protein shake, string cheese with almonds, banana and peanut butter. It will fill you up so you aren’t starving when you get to the party.
2. Preview all the choices before putting food on your plate. Decide what you want to try and pick those foods.
3. Make sure to include protein (like chicken, hamburgers, or steak)
4. Tortilla chips and salsa is a good choice if you are craving chips and dip
5. Bring something to the party that is tasty and healthy. Examples-veggies and hummus or steak bites
Enjoy the game, friendship and fun!
We all need a little motivation from time to time so here are 5 tips to help YOU stay motivated!
3. Workout with a friend. You will both stay accountable to each other and you can help each other reach your goals. Plus, it’s always more fun to workout when you have someone to talk to!
4. Write down small, realistic goals and reward yourself for meeting those goals. Example: losing 5lbs or eating 5 servings of fruit/veggies in 1 day or lifting weights 3 days a week. Your reward could be: new workout clothes, new music to listen to while working out, a manicure…etc
5. Take your body measurements once a month and then you will be able to see that what you are doing is working
This post is a follow-up to my last post, Throw Your Scale Away. This video blog post is about fat loss programs and weight loss programs and what the difference is between the two.
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