"Season GAININGS!" December has more calorie-laden events than a Furious Pete Tour. It’s the spirit of colder weather, family gathered around the table and delaying your diet until Jan 1st. So we rationalize to ourselves ‘we deserve to engorge a little’, you’ve dedicated the months up to summer to be the most shredded and tanned specimen to grace the beach, so why not be fat and happy for the time being. However, the holiday season doesn’t require one to pair paleness with a side of portly. A little time in the tanning booth and these easy tips from Renegade Founder John Davies can make the difference between keeping your abs and looking like the abominable snowman.
Just as old ‘Jack Frost’ begins nipping at the proverbial door and the first snowfall turns every snow capped home into a ‘Dickins Village’ for a brief moment, the holidays are here. Cut amongst the family moments and beautiful traditions, there is equally a dietary minefield that must be avoided.
Maintaining 'balance' with your diet during the holidays are critical and yet many err with this point. Failure to do so could literally set an individual back many months in their training, a proverbial 'two steps forward, two steps back, but equally establish very negative habits that are difficult to reverse. Stay clear of holiday 'diet mishaps' with the following points:
- Choose homemade food not processed. Quite naturally I do not want anyone to avoid family traditions but it does come with qualification that ‘tradition’ does not include unhealthy habits that set the stage for a lifetime of problems. Unfortunately that is precisely what happens in many cases as much of the public not only consumes an unhealthy diet but confuses ‘holiday treats’ with sugar and or sodium laced processed foods. Enjoy the tradition of health and if you have a ‘sweet tooth’, choose items you bake at home with wholesome ingredients.
- Ensure meals are balanced meals with particular emphasis upon sufficient protein. A common problem of ‘holiday meals’ are lessened amounts of protein. Don’t turn ‘holiday’ dining into ‘carb-fests’.
- Ease back on alcohol consumption. Enjoying a drink amongst friends is quite natural but that does not mean the near two month period through New Years requires an immediate liver detoxification thereafter. Think ‘moderation’.
- Just say ‘no’ to the Gingerbread Spiced Latte with the pretty swirl in the foam. Empty calories and how precisely was the pubic convinced to pay more for a ‘coffee beverage’ than a meal? Drink coffee black.
- Drink more water. Certainly not limited to the holidays but a unique problem as alcohol and Gingerbread Spiced Latte with the pretty swirl in the foam consumption go up, most drink less water. Drink more water.
- Eliminate ‘empty carbohydrates’ from the buffet table | menu. In a rush to fill a dinner menu we’ve developed a poor habit of carbohydrate based dishes with modest if any nutrient value and lack proper balance.
- Use smaller sized plates. For approximately thirty years the standard dinner plate has grown into a platter ‘built for gluttony’. Ease back and think ‘nutrient quality’ as opposed to caloric overload.
- Slow down the pace of your meal. This is not only important for ‘family moments’ but nutrient balance and absorption.
- Choose fresh vegetables and not canned and more importantly add cruciferous vegetables to your holiday menu but without the many layers of (processed) cheese sauce or the like.
- Maple Syrup comes from a tree not a factory. I may rival ‘Buddy’ with maple syrup consumption but it is never ‘imitation’.
Prepared by John Davies
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