Eating clean can be difficult under the best of circumstances; throw in a bunch of gatherings and friendly get togethers over the holiday season and you can easily see just how quickly your diet can crumble. The delicious and calorie rich foods you will find yourself surrounded by at almost every corner you turn, will have you tempted to veer from your properly constructed, gains encouraging diet and indulge in enjoying just one, or a dozen different dishes that will derail your efforts and leave you feeling guilty and ultimately disappointed in yourself and your lack of will power. But fear not, there are ways around this dilemma that will still support your attendance at the holiday staff party or family potluck all the while sticking to your plan and keeping things copacetic with your goals. Here’s how.
Bring Your Own Dish
It’s always exciting to go to a get together where you’ll know there will be lots of food and different options for you to try. Often times you’ll see dishes with a festive twist or just the regulars in copious amounts. In this case, it’s a great idea to bring your own dish, that you prepared and know its contents, so that you can eat and be social knowing that what you’re consuming isn’t far from or is exactly what your regular dietary choices are. This way you won’t look out of place, you won’t have to answer so many “Why aren’t you eating” questions and you’ll have a great time.
Check Your Will Power
Just because that pile of chocolate covered almonds is staring you in the face, doesn’t mean you have to succumb to that little voice inside your head that is telling you to eat every last one of them. You also don’t need to sample every single dish at the potluck nor do you have to polish off the last few bottles of brew in the refrigerator just to get rid of them so you can start fresh in the new year. You have to practice restraint and make sure your will power is in check. Otherwise, you’ll be up 10-15lbs before you know it.
Unless you have completely dedicated yourself to your goals, you may be someone who is easily swayed into participating in holiday events that will leave you feeling less than your best the next morning. If this sounds like you and something you might endure, it may be best for you to politely decline some of the invites you get and sit one out here and there. If you can remove yourself from a situation or avoid it altogether, without looking too anti-social, your chances of staying on track significantly increase. I’m not saying you can’t go out for a night on the town, I’m just saying if you are easily persuaded by peer pressure, you might just want to stay home.
The Holiday Season is definitely a time to enjoy spending special moments with your family and friends, getting lots of shopping done on the Heyday Footwear website, relaxing and recharging your batteries for the New Year and yes, treating yourself to some delicious foods. It isn’t, however, a time to let all that you’ve worked for go down the drain. With a little bit of thought and some restraint, you can still enjoy the magical season that it is while sticking to your goals and staying on track.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Heyday Footwear!
Author: Dana Bushell
AST Sports Science sponsored athlete/writer, sponsored by Schiek Sports Inc.