Another holiday is around the corner, and for people who are trying to be healthy, it can be really stressful. It can cause you to second guess yourself and wonder if a healthy lifestyle is worth the hassle. Regularly scheduled meals and workout times may be interrupted by family meals and activities. A healthy lifestyle could cause you to feel isolated and feel like the “weird” one with the family. I know it’s hard, but I want to provide some tips to encourage everyone to stay focused and make healthy decisions this weekend.
- Don’t arrive at the family cook out hungry! Make sure you have followed your scheduled meals that day instead of saving all of your calories for the cook out. You will eat way too much and feel horrible.
- Volunteer to take a healthy item to add to the meal. If your cook out is pot luck, bring something that you can eat. Look for healthy recipes that could be considered “clean cheats.” Try the recipe before you go to make sure that it’s good. You don’t want to be the weird cousin bringing strange food.
- Watch your portion sizes. If you want to eat what everyone else is eating, make sure that you don’t over eat. Stick to portion sizes and don’t go back for extra food.
- You can’t out train a bad diet. No matter how much you work out, you can’t undo the damage of a poor diet. However, I do think it’s good to work out during the holidays because it keeps you focused and serves as a reminder that being healthy is a lifestyle and not something you do when it’s convenient for you.
- Get back on track! If you decide to make poor eating decisions and not work out, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just get back on track right away. Don’t put it off and give yourself extra days off. The longer you stay away from eating healthy and working out, the harder it will be to return to these habits.
- Enjoy time with your family! Don’t spend your weekend focusing entirely on your food and working out. Spend time with your family and enjoy yourself!