Christmas cookies NOEL-CC-Flying Pig Party Productions

It’s that time of year where the cookies and candies are infiltrating our everyday lives. In our homes we are stocking up on holiday delights – peppermint bark, gingerbread cookies, and everything else seasonably imaginable. Holiday parties serve delicious eats, but not many are nutritious.

So how do we get through New Years without gaining an excess 10 pounds? It’s possible and not as difficult as you may think. Here are 5 of the simplest ways that you can enjoy your holidays without gaining extra poundage…

1. Set clear parameters and portion sizes. Portion control is the key to maintaining a healthy weight. My parameters and portions? Limit myself to my regular  6 small meals per day, even if it means saving the leftovers for tomorrow, and 1 treat per day (this counts as one of my 6 meals).

2. Create reasonable rules that you can follow. Being too strict will result in unhappiness and feeling like you’re missing out. Being too loose will result in mayhem. My rules? For each cookie over 1 per day I must do an additional 20 bicycle crunches, 10 pushups OR 15 air squats.

3. Focus on getting 3 servings of fruits and 3 servings of veggies every single day. Fill up on the nutritious so that you can enjoy a little bit of the delicious. Make the veggies on your plate the largest portion.

4. Be that obnoxious person that brings the healthy dish to potlucks. If there are no other healthy options, at least you know you can eat yours. My go to dish? Easy and simple: Fruit plate or veggie tray with hummus.

5. Sweat every single day. Especially at the holidays it can be best to workout right away in the morning because the rest of the day can fill up fast.

Follow these and you will happily enjoy your holidays without the added weight.

Michelle_Ploog-apples-in-faceRemember that we are so blessed to have luxurious lives where we have cookies, candies, roasts, mashed potatoes, and everything else. Enjoy it all knowing that it will be there again if you want to make it again. Say thank you everyday for everything.

Thank you for reading!!

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