3 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain, by Rachel Crocker

I appreciated Rachel Crocker’s article – which came to me via Oxygen Magazine – because I’ve totally been snookered by all three of these! 

Holidays are tough because sometimes we feel pressured to please everyone – never easy to let a family member down! Other times we just feel flat-out out of control.  Been there for sure, but it helps to know that it doesn’t *have* to be that way.  I struggled for a long time with setting those boundaries and letting people make me feel badly – surrounding yourself with supportive people, AND strategies, helps!

There’s enough stress this time of year – between the parties, mini vacations, and family gatherings – do what feels right for you, and feel good about it.  You’re allowed!  

Elke S. Nelson, PhD and CFL-1 also has some “Weight Loss Hacks” for this time of year – the more the merrier as far as help staying on track for me.  Temptations all over the place!

Nutrition Humor – Diets

While I know my own approach to nutrition is, to say the least, mindful…I did get a good laugh with this…

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Growing up, I was TOTALLY that kid.  I was voracious 24 /7, and I pretty much housed anything in my path!

A Healthy Way To Food Shop

We have a fun Farmer’s Market in our City that runs on Sundays during the warmer months – while we aren’t there every weekend like some of my buddies, it’s a fun Sunday morning activity, and a nice way to stock up on healthy options for the week!

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Generally I’m scoping out the veggie situation, as vegetables are the bulk of my diet.  Fruits are great too, like melons and Fuji apples (when they are in season – hurry up, October!)

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 You can also pick up flowers, healthy greens, fun seasonal goodies like pumpkins and gourds (hello, Halloween!), grass-fed meat, fresh eggs, and even hummus and mead…

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Since I’m not a sit-on-the-beach type, I love this summer activity option – it’s nice to get up and out and DO something…and it also makes food shopping and meal prep easier for the rest of the week.

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YUM!

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Yes, Even At Airports You Can Eat Clean…

It isn’t always a total cinch to find healthier options at some airports, but it is NOT impossible by any means.  Sometimes you just need to be a little creative – there really aren’t any excuses.  (Nice try, though.)

There’s ALWAYS fruit salad to be found – fresh, cut up fruit is far better for you than a candy bar, or the multitude of other not-so-great-for-you food options at the gate!  I haven’t found a single gate at any single airport that doesn’t have fruit salad or at least apples and bananas.

And generally speaking…SOMEone sells sandwiches!  I may have paid a sandwich price for my turkey, but they gave me a double helping and, trust me, it was ENORMOUS.  

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Serious protein, no junk added = happy and healthy (non-hungry!) girl.

If your goal is to stay clean and healthy, you really don’t have an excuse these days – there is always a way to make it work, no matter where you go.

You Are What You Eat

I’m sure you hear the phrase often enough – “you are what you eat,” so they say.

It doesn’t matter if you are an ectomorphic type, boasting a long and lean frame…if you eat french fries every day, it WILL show on your insides.  The surface is not always a fair indicator. . .so don’t be deceived.

I don’t have to write a lecture, or go on with some lengthy diatribe – we all have room for improvement, and we all know, deep down, in which those areas are.  

It’s okay to be flawed. It’s okay to enjoy ourselves.  But remember that you have one body this go round – be kind to it.  Remember to be mindful about how you treat it day in and day out.  If you are overtraining, take more breaks. If you are eating garbage, try to clean up a bit.  If you aren’t sleeping, try to get to bed a little bit earlier.  Your body will thank you.

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You don’t have to stop living your life and enjoying goodies along the way, just remember that our daily habits add up.  Maybe it shows, maybe it doesn’t – what’s important at the end of the day is HOW YOU FEEL.  Whether you have energy, or feel lethargic.  Whether you feel strong, or feeble.  What you take in as fuel will make a difference – it will either be helping you stay strong, healthy and disease-free…or it will do the reverse.  Personally, I’d rather take my chances with staying healthy as long as I can!

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