6 GOLDEN RULES TO EAT GLORIOUSLY THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON
‘You are what you eat’, you’ve probably heard it before. Nutrition Expert and Health Coach Stefanie Klaver shares her monthly advice on how nutrition affects your body, workout goals, and well-being.
The most wonderful time of the year is upon us again. For most of us, it is a time full of beautiful gatherings with our loved ones, and of course, the necessary indulgence in delicious food and drinks. Luckily the festive season does not have to go hand in hand with extra kilos in places you preferably want to avoid them. Keep your head in the game and you should be just fine.
Here are my golden rules to make it gloriously through the holiday season.
- Watch what you eat during the day.
Try to keep it light during daytime! For example, start your day a fruit salad, have a big bowl of vegetable soup for lunch, and snack on some rice crackers with some light spreads or meats throughout the day.
Take a nice long walk on the beach or in the forest, go for a run, dive into the gym, or do some exercises at home. Check Annemarijn’s tips for workouts you can do when the gym is closed.
- Don’t get seduced by all the pre-dinner nibbles
The seduction often starts long before dinner is served. Bread with butter, nuts, cheeses, chips, toasts, you name it, and it’s on the table! Try to resist these snacks as much as possible, unless there is something you really like to eat. Because these snacks, small and harmless as they seem, are usually the biggest calorie bombs of all.
- Keep it light
Opt for vegetables sides and salads in combination with meats or fish. Then you won’t have to resist the bowls with fries and potato gratin the entire night. Oh and for dessert… a cup of coffee with a piece of pure chocolate can be just as delicious, and easily saves you 400 calories.
- Eat small portions
Eating multiple courses doesn’t have to be a problem at all, just keep them a little smaller. Think in many small starters! You will also feel full faster.
- Don’t be defeated
Your holiday resolutions may not always go according to plan, and that’s okay. So even if you let yourself go a little too much, don’t give up on your healthy habits altogether. Forgive yourself and continue with them again the next day. Keep up the healthy motivation. It makes sense!
And whatever you eat, don’t forget to enjoy! Happy holidays!
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