8 Tips to Survive Holiday Temptations

So we've all heard the stats... the average American gains 7-12 pounds between Halloween and New Years. Ummmm, not sure about you, but that is not how I want to end 2014!!!! Obviously I absolutely love food (have you met me? I mean I talk about food all the time!!!). I get it, the holidays are nuts -- plus, in our family we have multiple birthdays in December. Yikes! However, you can't let the craziness be an excuse to leave your health and fitness goals behind. So here are my top tips to help you make it through the holidays with confidence and start 2015 on the right foot!

A beautiful veggie and hummus plate with watermelon radishes!

1. Exercise -- it may sound easier said than done, but staying on track with your exercise routine will help you keep your goals in mind. Look at your schedule each week and decide when you will exercise and what type of workout you will do. Keep it simple and write it in your calendar! My biggest tip --Try to do some at-home workouts (I will be getting my P90X3 workouts in -- can't say "no" when it is only 30 minutes!).

2. Meal Plan -- chances are, you will be tempted in the workplace, heading out to parties, receiving treats as gifts, eating out, and otherwise having temptations thrown in your face left and right. By meal planning, I mean planning ALL your meals, not just dinner. Pack your cooler full of healthy meals and carry it with you to work and when you are out and about. Having  healthy foods on hands will make you less likely to succumb to temptation (or at least eat less of the naughty stuff!).

3. Go out with a full belly -- have a big party on the calendar? Make sure to eat before you leave the house! One of my favorite tricks is to have my daily Shakeology while I'm getting ready to leave. This fills me up for 2-3 hours and is full of healthy protein, vitamins, minerals, superfoods, and prebiotics -- so much more than a "protein shake"!

One of my favorites a Cherry Bomb Shake!

4. Bring a healthy dish -- if you are asked to bring an appetizer or pot-luck dish to the party, bring something healthy. Everyone loves a big salad, veggies and hummus, a crockpot full of chili, or fresh fruit and cheese!

5. Choose wisely -- peruse the food options, decide what looks "worth the calories" and don't overdo it with portions (eat one brownie, not 10). For me, I will happily indulge in a nice homemade dessert, made with real ingredients, fresh whipped cream, real butter, etc, however, I pass on the store-bought cookies!

6. Give yourself a break -- remember, one "bad" meal will not make you gain 10 pounds any more than one workout or healthy meal will make you lose weight or gain muscle. It is all a cumulative effect. If you overdo it at one event, make a promise to yourself to keep things in check the next time you are tempted. I try to maintain a 90/10 rule and make healthy choices at least 90% of the time.

7. Make a goal -- this is a huge one. Whether you simply want to maintain your current health and fitness level, or bump it up a notch -- write it down, put it on your fridge, take a photo, make it your homescreen on your phone, tell your friends and family -- make yourself accountable. I personally have decided to work on getting a flat tummy and (fingers-crossed) some ab definition! You can follow my journey on my Fresh Mama Fitness facebook page.

8. Toss the junk -- here's the tricky part. Sometimes we feel obligated to eat food brought to us by friends or leftover from parties. Ummm, here's my dirty little secret. I throw it out. Yes, yes, I am well aware there are people without enough food to eat . Feeding those less fortunate is where my heart lies in charitable donations. However, in my own home, if it cannot be donated and I know I don't want my family eating it for more than one meal, I toss it.

I hope you find this list helpful as you maneuver through the holiday season. If you want to learn more about my health and fitness accountability groups and get started on your own journey please fill out the form below or email me at lil@freshmama.net

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