The typical American gains 10-15 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s. Gasp!!! Keep reading if you would like to enjoy the holidays – without the typical weight gain.
Holiday parties, candies, cookies and overpacked schedules all lead to overeating and being less active.
Here are some rules I follow to help me maintain my weight and not gain over the holidays.
1. Stick to a regular eating and workout program as closely as you can. Whether you have a regular workout program, how you regularly eat; if you can stick to that as closely as possible, that is going to help you avoid that holiday weight gain.
2. Don’t go to your holiday parties hungry. If you can have a little bit of something before you go, having a salad or having a small piece of protein, some chicken or just a small sandwich before you go. That way, you’re not starving, and you’re not going to fill your plate up with all this stuff you really shouldn’t be eating. You can still eat at the party, but you won’t just be absolutely starving and will help with portion control.
3. You want to keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum, especially if you’re trying to lose weight during the holidays, because alcohol metabolizes in the system differently than food. So it can really derail your weight loss efforts. A glass of wine, a glass of beer can be fine, just keep it to a minimum.
4. Also keep desserts to a minimum. . Save your indulgences – your absolute favorites – for those things you can only get at that one time of the year.
Enjoy your holiday. Make it less about food and more about people and relationships.
Are you getting tired of Thanksgiving leftovers, yet? Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday because of all the good food. But after 2-3 days of the same food, I am ready to switch it up.
While I don’t know exactly what’s in your fridge the day after the holiday, it’s safe to say that you’re likely to have turkey, some potatoes (white and or sweet), a bit of cranberry sauce, a little stuffing, a dab of gravy and probably a container of the ever-popular green bean casserole. Reheating is fine, but after a couple of meals, I’m usually looking for a change in taste.
Get creative in the kitchen
Hands down, my favorite thing to make after the holiday is turkey soup. Once the turkey bones have been stripped of all their meat, I simmer them with onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper for a few hours to produce a heavenly stock. From there, you can do a basic turkey noodle, or add your leftover mashed potatoes for a creamy soup base. A dab of leftover gravy will add a lot of flavor—but go easy, since it’s loaded with calories. Try these turkey soup recipes.
Easy Turkey Soup
Wild Rice and Leftover Turkey Soup
The turkey lends itself to a million uses, but if you have so much left over that you don’t think you’ll use it in a few days, shred it into meal-sized portions and freeze. It’s great to have it handy to add to dishes like soup, pasta or burritos. Here’s something you may not have thought of—turkey lettuce cups. Heat up some minced leftover turkey with some diced scallions and a little Chinese hoisin sauce, then spoon into iceberg lettuce leaves. It’s a light and refreshing change from the usual turkey sandwiches. A few new recipes I am wanting to try this week.
Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich
Turkey Apple Cranberry Salad
Cranberry sauce is amazing on top of plain yogurt or oatmeal, or spooned over mixed fresh fruit for a quick dessert. You can also blend it with nonfat cream cheese for a tasty spread for your whole grain toast. I also like to spike my cranberry sauce with some ginger, garlic and soy sauce and serve on grilled fish or tofu. It tastes like a really sophisticated barbecue sauce.
Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs
Cranberry Sauce, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Pastry Puff Pizza
If your original sweet potato dish wasn’t too sweet, you can dice up the leftovers with the leftover turkey, then sauté with some onions and other veggies for a one-dish hash. Serve with a green salad and you’re all set. Sweet potatoes would also make the start of a pretty great curry with some leftover turkey added. I found a few more options for you, too.
Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa Fritters
Sweet Potato Carrot Soup
Green Bean Casserole
Stuffing and green bean casserole are some of the highest calorie leftovers, so you’ll want to use them sparingly and stretch them out with some healthier ingredients. Add some canned tomatoes and chopped turkey to your leftover stuffing to make a filling for stuffed peppers. And that leftover green bean casserole? Try heating it up with some white wine or broth, then add some garlic and hot pepper flakes and toss with some whole grain pasta.
Green Bean Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed Egg Rolls
Leave a comment below – what is your favorite way to use Thanksgiving leftovers?
Everything we put in our body has an effect on our skin. Creating that holiday glow can be simple, by including a few things in your diet and maybe taking some things out.
If you have chronic or even occasional acne, we want to get to the root of that, first. It is a result of the toxins and inflammation in your body. I talk about it more here.
What not to eat for clear skin
1. Processed foods
2. Fast food
3. Greasy foods
If you have eliminated those and still have acne, do a elimination diet and take out gluten and dairy to see if it clears up.
To create a healthy holiday glow, you want to include some essentials in your diet.
Foods to Include In Your Diet
1. Proteins – Check out my 25 Power Meals for some ideas
2. Healthy carbs – getting your carbs from fruits and vegetables will do your skin good.
3. Healthy fats – salmon, avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil
4. Essential vitamins and minerals – see below
Some places you can find these vitamins and minerals, include oranges, lemons, limes, strawberries, raspberries, kale, broccoli and bell peppers.
All disease and inflammation starts inside the body.
If you cut the crap out of your diet, you can cure your acne from the inside out.
Then, start to implement a skincare routine. And you should be washing your face one to two times a day, once in the morning and then again at night. I admit, I didn’t really take care of myself in my 20s, but then a couple years ago I really started to implement a regular skincare routine. My pores have been reduced and I rarely have breakouts, anymore.
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Do you ever wonder why you are not losing weight? Maybe there is more to than just calories in and calories out – there is. You can be “eating healthy” and still not lose weight. Read more about that here. Your metabolism could be at play, but there are things you can do to boost the metabolism.
If you have been following me for any period of time, you know I struggled with adrenaline fatigue – which we know is caused by chronic stress and nutritional deficiencies. I had very low energy levels and I couldn’t lose weight for the life of me.
Some signs of adrenal fatigue:
- Mild depression or anxiety.
- Multiple food and or inhalant allergies.
- Lethargy and lack of energy.
- Increased effort to perform daily tasks.
- Decreased ability to handle stress.
- Dry and thin skin.
- Low blood sugar.
- Low body temperature.
Find more about Adrenal Fatigue here.
If you are suffering of 2 or more of the above symptoms, you should talk to your doctor or find a functional doctor in your area.
In the meantime, here are 3 things wrecking your metabolism and what to do about it.
1. Yo yo dieting or restricting calories, then going into excess and then restricting again. This a classic case of the diet mentality.
Restrict calories to lose weight
Feel deprived of your favorite foods – so give in and over do it.
Back to the diet and low carbs, low calories.
Feeling hungry all the time and eat all the stuff you know you shouldn’t have.
Does this sound familiar?
Your metabolism is like a boomerang and it doesn’t care about your vanity reasons to lose weight. It cares about keeping you safe and keeping you healthy. And so it keeps you alive.
Your metabolism will meet you where you are.
So if you are not eating a lot of food your metabolism is going to slow down. If you are eating a lot of food and you’re working out then your metabolism will speed up. Unfortunately, most people eat less and workout more and your metabolism has no idea what is going on and will slow down, as a result.
Grab my 10 Nutrition hacks to never diet again
Stress is a huge issue and it does cause a lot of people to be stress eaters. They’re emotional eaters because there’s different things we’re going to on in our life and we feel like we’re losing control and we look to food for comfort.
And not only that but excess stress on your body is not good. We live in a society that likes to go as fast as we can, do all the things and then feel like we can never catch up.
It’s like we think we can get a gold medal for having the most on our to do list, but we don’t. And it is causing your weight gain. When you were stressed out, you really taxing your endocrine system, which manages hormones and stress levels. Stress is inevitable, but chronic stress over long periods of time (months, years) takes a toll on the body.
Find some ways to reduce your stress levels and indulge in some self care. I list several ways in my Ultimate Self Care Guide
3. Lack of sleep or lack of quality sleep
So a couple of things that might be going on is either you’re running on four hours of sleep which is not good. Or maybe you are trying to get some sleep but you are You see you are up and up and down throughout the night. You’re not sleeping very good. I know I had a bad habit of not sleeping well and I will wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and I will get inspired now come down work on stuff, then be tired the rest of the day. Your body needs sleep to rest and recharge and it needs the REM deep sleep to fully recharge, so you wake up rested and ready to go.
Have you ever tried to charge your phone, while you are still using it? The charge is much slower and less efficient than if you turn it off and just let it charge. Our bodies are the same way.
If you have trouble getting to sleep, start a bedtime routine. My secret weapon for a great nights sleep is these Relax Now and Sleep Now + essential oils. I sleep like a baby every time.
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When you are feeling energized, put together, you will feel more confident. Confident is essential because people prefer to be around others that are confident. From job interviews, to social parties or meeting a new face in a coffee shop, you want to appear confident. When you are feeling confident, you are more apt to smile more, introduce yourself, stand tall with good posture and be more friendly to those around you and you are more approachable to others.
I haven’t always been a confident person.
In high school, I kept to myself, never started a conversation and often wanted to crawl in the corner, in all my classes.
The moment I got my report card – at the end of the 9th grade – and nearly all C’s and D’s reflected how I was showing up to school every day. I had no belief in myself.
The next day, in a snap decision, I knew I could do better and I did. The rest of my high school career, I was an A-B student.
Self confidence doesn’t feel natural to everyone, but we all have it deep down. You are literally a decision away to being more confident. Confidence is more of a mindset than it is anything. You don’t have to be the smartest. You don’t have to be the prettiest. But confidence will make you more attractive.
Now, I pull out my bucket of tricks anytime I am feeling less than confident.
My top 5 ways for an instant confidence boost. Use one or combine them all for a powerful day.
1. Eye liner, mascara, lipstick, hoop earrings and hat or messy bun
This works for when you are short on time but want a put together look. Eyeliner and mascara will give your eyes a boost, while the earrings draw the eye up to the face.
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2. Have a “uniform”.
If you are constantly running late for work or never know what to wear, put together a “uniform” as your go to so you always have something to wear. For a good uniform, pick a solid color neutral (black is great) pant or skirt, black shoes and optional black neutral jacket. The only thing that changes in your “uniform” is the top. You will always know what to wear without feeling like you are wearing the same thing.
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3. Put on your favorite party music and dance for 5 minutes. This allows you to loosen up, de-stress and get into the feel good hormones. I use this anytime I am feeling in a funk or stressed out over something.
4. Make a list of 100 reasons why you are great. On this list, you will want to include recent compliments, accomplishments, job promotions, charity work, etc. Any time you are feeling less than stellar, read over the list and be reminded how awesome you really are.
5. A quick walk, outside, does wonders for your attitude and energy. Being out in nature, you are reminded of nature’s beauty, infinite growth and see lots of wildlife thriving. A 15 minute walk will move the energy in your body, allow the sunlight to brighten your mood and the fresh air on your face will wake you up. If you can’t get out in nature, any form of physical activity will do.
My favorite way to get back to feeling good about myself is through self care. It is easy to settle into comparisonitis and start feeling crappy about yourself, but that is nothing a little self care indulgence can’t fix! Download my Ultimate Guide to Self Care Guide.