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Dec 12

Mad Fitness Tips & Tricks to Surviving Holiday Eating


Tips & Tricks to Surviving Holiday Eating  

The holidays are a great time to visit and celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones, but it is an equally difficult time to maintain your waistline. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you navigate your way through the holiday goodies while still enjoying all of the delicious food this time of year has to offer.


Eat a healthy breakfast to avoid overindulging later!

1. Eat breakfast the morning of a celebration. 

Don’t skip the most important meal of the day even though there are festivities planned for later! If you eat breakfast prior to a holiday feast, you are less likely to over-indulge during the party. No need to “save” your calories for later; after all, everything is about balance.

 2. Use a smaller plate.  

Many holiday meals are served “buffet-style”: this can make it difficult to not overload your plate. Use a smaller plate to help control your portions. Studies have also shown that red plates and dining décor stimulates hunger, as opposed to other colors such as white or blue.


Fill your plate with the healthiest foods first!!

3. Choose the healthiest dishes first.  

 Fill your plate with vegetable-based and protein-filled dishes first. Stray away from loading up on a plate full of mashed potatoes or bread rolls in the beginning. If you consume the healthiest dishes first, you are less likely to be hunger for the “bad” stuff later.

Practice eating mindfully

4. Practice mindful eating. 

 Make sure you enjoy each bite of food. Chew slowly and notice all the flavors, textures, and tastes in each bite you are consuming. This is your time to enjoy; make sure you are savoring each moment! Did you know Mad Fitness now offers yoga classes? Check out our schedule here!

5. Wait 20 minutes in between second-helpings.  

 It takes your body up to 20 minutes to register that feeling of “fullness.” Before you head back to the buffet table for your second round of the holiday feast, drink a full glass of water and wait awhile to see if you are truly still needing more food.

Use healthy fats like coconut oil

6. Easy ingredient swaps.  

 Not all dishes require a Paula-Dean-approved amount of butter. Make some healthy swaps when cooking. Mrs. Dash seasoning can be used a sodium-free replacement for salt. Reduce better and oil by using healthier fats like coconut oil, avocado oil, or flax seed oil.

Sodas and holiday drinks such as eggnog can pack a calorie-filled punch in a small amount of time. Attempt to balance these out with a full glass of water in between other drinks. Be cautious with adult beverages as well; a serving-sized glass of wine is 5 ounces and a serving of liquor is 1 ounce.

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 8. Stay active!  

Plan at least one physical-activity break during the day. Go on a leisurely walk or plan a family football game. It doesn’t have to be a full workout, but get yourself up and moving for at least 30 minutes. If you are looking for a fun and friendly gym check out the Mad Fitness Gym Membership options.


9. Everything in moderation.  

This tried-and-true practice may sound cliché, but it really does work! Relax and allow yourself to indulge and enjoy all the foods offered, even desserts! Just make sure that you do not go overboard. One dessert will not ruin your fitness progress.


Need more help staying motivated to exercise and eat healthy?

Mad Fitness has something for everyone to help you stay feeling and looking great into the New Year! Call us today at (805) 845-4417 or email info@madfitnesssb.com to learn about our nutrition program, personal training and group exercise and spin classes! If you want a complimentary fitness consultation you can also complete the Mad Fitness health and fitness questionnaire!

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