Don’t beat yourself up about over-eating, poor choices, and all that the Holidays have to offer. Take enjoyment in every bite, rather than feel regret at the end of the day. Going into the gathering with a plan and guidelines will take away your guilt. Here are some suggestions for a successful noshing:

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Before

  1. Hyrdate: You can flush the indulgences out even fast by drinking 20 ounces of water before a meal and 20 ounces just after. Also continue to hydrate in the mornings and evenings.
  2. Don’t skip breakfast: Get full on a hearty but low calorie breakfast. Egg whites, lean bacon and some berries would set you up great for later.
  3. Hors d’ouevres and Finger Foods: Use a small plate and allow yourself a little of everything you like.

During

  1. Use a smaller plate: Getting to eat a little bit of everything is easier and will mentally satisfy you better than trying to calculate macros of the numerous dishes.
  2. Make half your plate protein: This will satisfy you longer and you’re not rolling the dice with added unknown ingredients.
  3. Is Bread necessary? With the plethora of deliciousness, why waste valuable stomach room of bread and rolls we probably can have any other day of the week.
  4. Eat slowly: These are special meals that we don’t get very often. Savor every bite. Enjoy your company!
  5. No seconds: After your first plate, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes…. Remember, dessert is coming!
  6. Have your cake (or pie) and eat it too! Just like the finger-food, use a small plate and have one slice. Or cut the pieces super small and enjoy a variety!

After

  1. Take a long walk: Get that digestion moving and keep the metabolism high.

 

Chances are, you will eat more and make a few bad choices over the Holidays. Don’t let that defeat your overall goals. It may be one step back, but wake up the next day ready to make two steps forward!

Need some help with your nutrition? Check out CrossFit 317’s Nutrition services!

 

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