As the holidays roll around, it's inevitable that our regular healthy lifestyle routines go off track. There are holiday meals, parties, and so much traveling to do. It's important that we make better food choices that will have a positive impact on our post-holiday bodies! No worries, here are her favorite holiday survival tips:
1. When traveling, healthy eating starts where you stop: If you're on the road and stop at a fast-food restaurant, your healthy choices will be limited. I recommend planning your stops to include a grocery store or Whole Foods store where you can stock up on bagged nuts, carrots, broccoli, hummus, lean protein and fresh fruits. They may even have a healthy buffet bar where you can select things like fresh spinach, veggies and lite dressings for a salad.
2. Eat often and in small amounts: Set your clock to eat small meals every 2-3 hours so your body continues a steady metabolic burn throughout the day. When we eat too many calories in one meal or skip meals, our brain gets the message that leaner times must be around the corner, so those calories will be stored as fat.
3. Eat plenty of protein: Protein is essential for blood sugar stabilization (prevents energy lags), enhances concentration and builds lean muscle mass. Choose high-quality lean chicken, fish and beef and prepare them to take on the road with you. Boiled egg whites are another excellent portable source of protein for on-the-go snacks.
4. Prepare snacks: Prior to your trip, prepare a bounty of healthy snacks to take on your trip. Optimal snacks that travel well are raisins, dry nuts, fresh apples, bananas, broccoli crowns, boiled eggs, raw veggies, hummus, yogurt, berries, grilled chicken breasts, protein powder, bananas, oranges, oatmeal and plenty of bottled water.
Stay tuned for the next blog post for Healthy Holiday Party Planning ideas!
Chaunda is the owner of The Bella Fitness Group in Lawrenceville, GA. She has lost over 115 pounds and is now a passionate Fitness Advocate, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a professional singer. Visit her on the web at bellafitnessgroup.com.