The holiday season is a great time, but it’s also a stressful one for those of us that are trying to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. I used to teach clients to try and eat healthy and stick to their plan, grinding against the never-ending battle with willpower.
I’m over that for my clients and myself.
The holidays should be enjoyed, and you should live in the moment and celebrate with your family and friends—not feeling restricted and like an outcast. This is not an invitation to go completely off the rails, but instead, I want to share with you 5 not so common tips that you can use this holiday season to continue to feel amazing and also enjoy yourself.
Life should not be a constant up and down battle, on and off the wagon. There should be no such wagon. Set your lifestyle up to enjoy consistent success and not base that success on what you ate or didn’t eat.
My first tip, which is more of a bonus, is that you have a choice. You can choose to eat the delicious piece of pie and enjoy every second of it with zero guilt, because it was your decision and you fit it into your daily plan.
Or, you can do what most of us do or have done, which is go through an internal battle: Should I or shouldn’t I have this? It’ll ruin my plan, but I could just work it off tomorrow, right?
None of that is healthy—physically or mentally.
Instead, I’d like you to start to adopt the feeling of being in control and choosing. Eating a piece of pie is not something to feel ashamed or guilty about. The key is to work on your thought process.
Either go through the flowing lifestyle process that I listed above, or eat that piece of pie and feel guilty the entire next day—vowing to get “back on the wagon” or resort to opening the floodgates to eat three pieces of pie and feel sick.
Either way, it’s your choice.
Now, with that said, here are my five easy tips to dominate this holiday season and make it enjoyable rather than restrictive and stressful:
2. Always be prepared. Take on the old boy scout motto and plan out your day. If you know you’re going to a party, simply get in a great workout early, drink lots of water and stock up on protein and veggies in your first few meals of the day. Then, go to the party and enjoy!
3. Don’t workout to eat. This is a vicious cycle that can only lead us down a bad path. Focus on heavy and fast metabolic style training 3-4 days per week with movements like push-ups, chin-ups, squats, deadlifts, lunges, sleds and ropes, if you have access. Train hard, but don’t bury yourself into the ground because you ate some extra calories the night before.
4. Drink red wine or clear liquor. Let’s be honest, no one is going to abstain from a few cocktails this holiday season, and why should you? Instead of restricting and potentially even avoiding party situations, stick to red wine or vodka with soda water. Be sure to match each drink with a glass of water, and you’ll be good to go.
5. Train like an athlete. Like I mentioned above, training fast and heavy with full body movements will give you the best bang for your buck. Use this density-style workout to crank up your metabolism and build muscle while dropping body fat.
Have a great holiday season! And remember, use training, healthy eating and plenty of sleep to fuel you through the parties and inevitable stress.