Melissa & the FIT gals are here to help you stress less this season with our ultimate guide to getting through the holiday festivities while staying FIT & FABULOUS! Follow our favorite tips to stay on track while not missing out on any holiday cheer!
Tip #1: Avoid the BLOAT! Our solution is to kick-out all artificial sugars, excess sodium from processed & frozen foods, and stop drinking too much water or caffeine WHILE you are eating. TIP: drink water BETWEEN meals and fill up on high fiber green salads with extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar to avoid bloating.
Tip #2: Visualize your goals. Keep a picture of your dress on hand or has the background on your phone as a reminder to pass on that second glass of wine or another bite of holiday cookies!
Tip #3: Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and offset increased holiday eating. If you know you have a holiday party on Friday, get in at least 30 minutes of cardio four to five times that week. Plan a healthy running date with your sweetie or a friend, or use your lunch break to burn off calories. Either way kick it up during the holidays instead of pushing it off until the new year!
Tip #4: Ditch the Guilt. Just because there are tons of holiday treats and yummy snacks in the office doesn’t mean you have to indulge. We get it--- sometimes it’s hard to say “NO!” when you keep thinking “I want it, I want it, I want it.” For me, it’s dark chocolate, so pick your vice and then move on! Another TIP: Plan ahead and bring healthy snack options: raw almonds, raw veggies, fruit, or greek yogurt to help curb those sugar cravings!
Tip #5: Survive the Holiday Dinner Party. The worst thing is going to a holiday party hungry, because you will most likely indulge in festive cocktails and the cheese platter! TIP: Eat before you go! You will be less tempted if you are not hungry. Don't expect to be served a well balanced meal, because you may be met with fried appetizers and holiday treats. If you eat a big salad with protein before you go, you won't overdo it and be able to enjoy showing off your slim new party dress!
Tip #6: Detox, RETOX! We get it--- sometimes girls just wanna have fun! If you over indulge on your night out, start fresh the next morning with a juice. For a nutrient dense anti-inflammatory drink full of vitamins A, C, and K that will give you digestion aid from any late night carbs, try our favorite morning pick me up: Ginger Kale Juice (ginger, cucumber, kale, lemon, and mint)!
Tip #7: Healthy Hostess. Offer to throw your own fabulous party! This allows you to be in control of healthy options. For starters, try our White Bean Hummus Dip or our festive Kale Margarita! Let yourself have fun and enjoy the party knowing that you can still dress to impress while sipping on your low cal cocktail :)
Tip #8: The Gift that keeps on Giving. Who wants to show up to a party empty handed? You know the wine and desserts are always plentiful,so bring your own healthy dish as an appetizer. It will be a thoughtful gift and a way to ensure a healthy option for you to eat! A favorite recipe for a healthy appetizer is a Mushroom and Farro Salad. Delish!
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Also checkout Melissa's FitTrition Holiday Workout video to get Toned Abs!
Melissa and the FIT team
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