The holidays are upon us and with them bring the amazing sights, smells, and tastes of food that we remember from our childhood. From the hot chocolate and marshmallows to the ultimate Christmas Eve dinner feast, we are faced with an assortment of goodies that could potentially undo any progress we may have been making during all those small group training sessions earlier in the year.
 
What if I told you there were a few tricks and hacks you could deploy for the holiday season, so it makes it a bit easier to eat without all the guilt and calories you might carry around with you?

 

The Key is Moderation

 
 
Yes. Moderation. How is that possible during this time of the year, you ask? Well, think about it. If you indulge a bit, it’s okay, but make sure you are taking smaller and lighter portions. That way you are watching what you eat, you are practicing moderation, but you are still getting a small taste of all your favorites so you don’t miss out.
 
It is always a good idea to make some substitutions when possible as well. Maybe cut down a bit on the sugar or switch out for lower calorie options.

 

Don’t Avoid the Fruits and Veggies

 
 
While there is a plethora of sweet treats and sugary deserts, there are also many colorful and appealing seasonal fruits and veggies available during this time of year. Plus, they will add a vibrant color to your plate, will taste delicious, and can even help curve your sweet tooth a bit. Fruits and veggies will also help you feel full for longer, which means you avoid the temptation to overeat and overindulge.

 

Stay Active

 
Staying mobile and staying active is also a good idea and it really shouldn’t be hard to do this time of year with so many activities to do and so much stacked on your to-do list. Park a little further from the stores to get some more steps in, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or find a place to go ice skating. It is also recommended that you have a nice, healthy snack before you go out, so you aren’t tempted to pick up any treats along the way.
 
It is also always a good idea to remain a very active participant in your small group training as well to help keep you on track.
 
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