We build up in our heads the idea that these holiday foods are just the best we've ever had. The best cookies, the best cakes, etc. This leads to over eating them because we feel the scarcity. All those foods will be around come December 26th. There is no need to eat like there is no tomorrow. Have what you enjoy but once full walk away.
My biggest thing is if you deviate or fall off plan for a day or two, don’t try and over compensate by under eating and overdoing cardio to try and make up for it.
Just get back on the plan bc you didn’t gain “x” amount of fat in such a short period of time. So don’t freak out
My recommendation is to stick to the plate method! One plate at a time, and put what you want on that plate. Once it’s finished, it’s finished. And when you’re ready for another meal you can do that again. Where many people go wrong is snacking excessively in between those plates on high-calorie foods. This is where most of the calories come from and where most of the stomach aches originate as well.
As someone who really cherishes Christmas and is an important time of the year for my family my best advice would be to focus on all the aspects of Christmas; not just the food. Get excited about exchanging presents and spending time with your family as it’s just as (if not more) more important than the food. When you put more emphasis on the other aspects of Christmas the food doesn’t become the end all be all of what Christmas is about
I love Christmas, its truly the most wonderful time of the year. And the BUSIEST time of the year too! Just because you don’t follow your training or nutrition plan perfectly, that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. That also doesn’t mean you should go YOLO. There is a happy medium between perfection and a hot mess, all or nothing. I encourage clients to continue their healthy habits & daily routines as much as possible but leave some leeway for fun holiday festivities. Maybe you skip out on cardio at the gym but instead go for a walk, go sledding, or go ice skating with the fam. Maybe you indulge in your absolute favorite homemade cookies but say NOPE to fruit cake! If you are struggling, talk to your coach on how to make the next holiday or vacation situation better, don’t just fall off and ghost! The holidays don’t last forever, don’t lose sight of your long term goals
My biggest tip is to have a plan every day of what you’re gonna do with your food and your workouts and try to navigate each day as events come up with your macros. If one day you go over the next day you get right back on track but always remember to stay on track with your workouts because that’s some thing you can control this time of year we all feel so overwhelmed with things and I feel the only thing I can control is my activity level if I’m at the house and I have a little free time I’ll get up and go for a walk so I just try to get in more steps and try not to stress on the small things.
Life is too short to overly fixate on being perfect. It's the holiday! Be Present with those you love. Enjoy the Christmas Cookie (or three) , skip the gym to decorate the gingerbread house, have a glass of champagne to ring in the New Year. One meal , a few treats, a missed workout , etc. will not derail your hard work over the past year
For me I think this time of year to put in all the foundations you learned through the year . You are present w those you love but honoring the you of tomorrow. This is a time many can put their needs so far on the back burner they fall behind the stove simply bc it isn’t convenient for themselves or even sadder for others . Keep communication w your coach open , allow for accountability with built in flexibility that still honors you