It can be really difficult keeping up with your regular healthy eating and workout schedule during the holidays, but there are ways you can enjoy your favorite treats without going AWOL
There is so much to be thankful for this time of year, and frankly, 2016 was a tough and interesting year, and many people are pretty happy, or at least ready, to see it go. With all the gratitude and celebrations for a fresh, new year on the horizon comes a lot of letting loose (hey girl, you deserve it), but, just remember that you can still enjoy all the festivities without letting all your healthy habits fall by the wayside. One celeb knows all about staying on track and committed to her routines: one of our favorite fit girls (and Shape cover girl) Khloe Kardashian.
Khloé took to her website Khloewithak.com to share some #realtalk about how difficult it can be to stick to your usual healthy eating and workout routines during the holidays. But the reality star, who is all kinds of fitspo, shared a few tips on how she stays on top of her game and how you can too.
One of her best, and frankly, most doable, tips is to load up on healthy foods first. "When you hit the buffet table at a holiday party, first fill up your plate with healthy options," writes Khloe. "Round two can be for the naughty food, but by that point, you won't be as likely to overindulge. Even then, I suggest only taking one of everything at a time." Face it, it's easy for things to get out of hand when you walk into a party on an empty stomach and see plates piled high of indulgent treats on the table. But if you go for the veggie plate first, you'll fill up on the good-for-you stuff, so the other indulgent items can be looked at as treats instead of your entire meal.
What if you walk into your friend's house with this veggies-first tactic in mind only to realize there's not a single leafy green or bell pepper in sight? (Gasp!) Avoid this risk (and potential questions about "being on a diet" from your family) by munching on those healthy eats even before you arrive. "Complex carbs plus protein equals the sweet spot for snacks," says registered dietitian Elizabeth M. Ward. Her suggestions: a small smoothie with protein, a handful of nuts, or some Greek yogurt. Another option: "Bring a dish so you're guaranteed to have at least one healthy option," says Ellie Krieger, R.D., and host on the Food Network. One of these healthy holiday recipes should do the trick and please the crowd.
If you spent all day on your feet shopping for gifts, wrapping boxes, and stuffing stockings, you're bound to show up to a party hungry, but no one wants to be "that girl" posted up at the buffet table all night. "Don't show up to a party completely starving and be tempted to immediately stuff your face with unhealthy hors d'oeuvres," says Khloe. "You'll also have more time to socialize when you arrive without your stomach growling." Brian Wansink, Ph.D., author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think tends to agree. "An important party rule is don't linger by the food," he says. "If it's right in front of you, you'll be more tempted to pick at it—even if you're stuffed."
When all else fails, do as Khloe does and simply think before you eat. "Sticking with a regular workout routine definitely affects my diet," she told us during her May Shape cover shoot. "When I'm mindful about exercising, I'm mindful about the fuel I'm putting in my body."