Daily Dose of Coach #198: Holiday Nutrition Strategy

"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups, candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup." Buddy the Elf

Tomorrow is December 1st. And from what I've heard, Thanksgiving went nutritionally about how it goes every year. But that's okay. Holidays should give us a pass to enjoy ourselves. Right?

This weekend starts the Holiday Party season. This means that for next four weekends you may have the opportunity to celebrate with food and spirits at a higher level. With party's, Christmas, Hanukkah and all of the other wonderful celebrations that will be taking place, it's good to have some sort of nutritional and training strategy. So here you go:

  1. Don't get out of your workout routine: One of the greatest killers of a mindful diet is forgetting that you are in a training program. Even if you are traveling, find a place to train. If you need help, use my online training app, I can give you workouts to train anywhere.

2. Eat slowly and only until you are satisfied: It takes 15-20 minutes for your digestive system to signal that you are satisfied. Eating slowly allows this to happen. Learn to savor and taste your food. This helps with psychological satisfaction as well.

3. Forget being perfect: Instead of eating perfect, go for "good enough." This means two things: With every meal, try to add something with nutritional value. And secondly, follow every bad meal with a nutritional one. If you can hit 50% during the holidays, you're doing good.

4. Stop saying, "I shouldn't be eating (or drinking) this." Yes, we know you shouldn't be drinking your sixth glass of spiked eggnogg. But, instead of saying "I shouldn't be eating this," try to just have one or two of everything you enjoy. Moderation is key.

5. The old water trick: Before every meal, before indulging at a party, drink two 16 oz glasses of water. This will do many things like fill you up some, get you up and walking more (to the bathroom), and dilute any alcohol in your system.