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Staying Fit During The Holidays

Staying Fit During The Holidays

How to Stay Fit during the Holidays

Staying fit during the holidays can be tough for some. I mean, the holidays are a time of indulgence. The foods are high in sugar but full of love. I am so thankful that I live in a country where we celebrate so many holidays that are surrounded with families and friends. But being with family and friends can mean food, and drinks and a lot of the time the food isn’t the healthiest.

There are several things anyone can do to stay fit over the holidays. I like to think of the holidays as just another day or week. Yes, I know there is great food and lots of family. But there are certain things I make sure to do in order to not lose everything I have worked so hard for this year.


How to STAY fit during the Holidays:

  • Workout
  • Splurge in moderation
  • Meal prep
  • Bring a dish


Yes, working out. I am all about staying with your routine NO MATTER where you are. I work out while on vacation on a cruise. I work out in hotel rooms. I work out at home. I work out at the gym. I even work out at the airport! No matter where I am, I make sure I get my workout in. My main fitness goal is to stay fit and healthy for my family. Not only do I want to be a good role model for my kids, I want to look good for myself.

After I had Jackson, I didn’t like the way I looked. Before I had the kids, I was thin and had a toned tummy and could eat whatever I wanted. But since having kids, I need to workout AND watch what I eat to have that toned tummy and not that Mommy pooch! I am OK with that. Working out is part of my daily routine and I love it. If you make time for things you love, good things can happen!


Splurge in Moderation

Its OK to splurge. I mean, it is the holidays! You are with family and friends. They did make that dessert you love, so eat it and enjoy it! Just do so in moderation. You don’t need to eat the WHOLE pan of Sweet potato (or pumpkin or apple) pie. But having a slice isn’t going to mess you up.

I LOVE sweets. I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth which can be a bad thing. I love dessert and I am ALWAYS on the hunt for healthier dessert options — like swapping Halo Top for regular ice cream, making a crustless pie, or drinking a protein shake. It all depends on my macros and how my day ends, but I make it work. I do love my dad’s sweet potato pie (he makes these pies for Thanksgiving!) and it is VERY high in sugar. I just make a bit of space in my macros to have it! For me that would be eating lower carbs throughout the day to make up for it.


Meal Prep

Meal prepping can keep you on track. Not only will it help with portion sizes, but you control what you are eating. When I was working, the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas had a lot of FOOD DAYS. Meaning, there would be days where everyone brought in a dish to pass or the company sponsored lunch.

Food days are hard because there can be a lot of desserts and a lot of unhealthy quick to make foods. I’m not going to lie, I loved food days but the last year that I worked I was pregnant with Jackson so… yeah. Anyway, if you find the healthiest things to eat, like veggies, fruits, and meats without a ton of sauce (sauces can a lot of added sugars) then you could do pretty well.


Bring Alternative Healthier Options

Does your family all bring a dish to pass for the holidays? I always ask if I can bring something, that way the dish I bring, I know is healthy. I also try to bring a dessert because for me, dessert is the best part. So I try to make it low carb. Looking for some low carb pie options? Check out my Healthy Traditional Thanksgiving recipes for 3 GREAT options!

If you don’t bring a dish, try to look for things that may be healthy. For example, turkey breast would have less fat than the thigh. Look for a salad without a ton of dressing. Or you could just have a smaller portion. You don’t need to completely FILL your plate to enjoy the holidays. You can just take smaller portions of your favorite foods! I am ALL about portion sizes.


Staying Fit During the Holidays

It can be easy to stay fit during the holidays. If you believe in yourself, have some will power, but still have fun and indulge a bit, you can keep up with your goals. Make time to exercise AND have that slice of pie. Bring your lunches to work that are already portioned out. Ask if you can bring a (healthy) dish to the holiday parties! Follow these easy tips and enjoy the holiday season!




What do you do to stay fit and healthy during the holiday season?

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Disclaimer: I am a NASM certified personal trainer. I can give advice on what workouts would be great for just about anybody. If you have any medical conditions, please check with your doctor before starting a workout routine.

I may share food ideas and recipes, but I am not a licensed dietitian. I can show you foods I love to eat which may have helped me achieve my weight loss and health goals. I cannot provide meal plans.


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