11.01.2012

Kick the Holiday Munchies

In my book, today kicks off the official holiday season :) With Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's right around the corner the food temptations are about to sky rocket.

I figured today would be a good day to give y'all some tips that help me kick the holiday munchies! We've all worked so hard this summer to meet our weight goals so we shouldn't let a few holiday treats ruin that...let's leave the holiday belly to Santa, shall we? ;)


Yep. That's Adam eating icing out of the can while we were building gingerbread houses a few years ago. Here's a little bonus tip: don't do that ;)

How to Kick the Holiday Munchies:

1. Make a realistic workout schedule now so that you can stick to it throughout the holiday season. You're gonna be busy shopping, attending holiday parties, throwing holidays parties, etc. If you know you will only have time to work out 3 days a week, that's fine, but be sure to make those 3 days count! Don't get lazy!

2. Replace "bad" treats with "good" treats. Helloooo Pinterest! I've seen tons of great recipes that don't have 5 pounds of sugar and 8 pounds of butter in them.

3. Keep healthy snacks in your purse (like the "good" treats from #2) so that you're not tempted by the treat table at work. Make sure that the snacks you keep with you are appealing so that they actually swerve your temptation...don't pack something dull like almonds, because let's be serious, who is gonna be able to pass up a Christmas cookie for a few almonds?

4. Give yourself a weekly limit of treats that you can eat so that you don't feel deprived and end up binge eating junk. I will be the first to tell you that I have a major sweet tooth. I hate not being able to eat every dessert that I see. But I know that if I give myself a weekly limit, that I'm not so tempted throughout the week. I enjoy the few treats that I allow myself and then move on with my life.

5. Don't buy it and it won't be in the house to tempt you! Easier said than done for those of you with families, I know. But think about it, if you don't buy (or bake for all you Betty Crockers out there) the holiday sweets they won't be in your house, calling your name around 10 PM ;)

These are just a few things that I do during the holiday season to keep myself in check :) Remember, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed. Don't kill yourself, but don't completely let yourself go either. Find what works for you and stay consistent!

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7 comments:

  1. The holiday munchies have definitely begun! As soon as it cools off, I bake. What I bake, I eat.

    I will have to give your strategy a go this year!

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  2. i am with you on these goals!! i actually didn't buy halloween candy b/c we don't get trick or treaters, but I always have before just so I can eat it!!

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  3. Thank goodness Mr. TBS is a pro at replacing bad treats with good treats! Well, thanks to Chocolate-Covered Katie, too, I guess! ;)

    Mr. TBS: "You know I love you, but I LOVE Katie right now!" Haha. Yes, he said that.

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  4. it is the beginning of the holiday season. you are right.

    and these little tips are great. it is nice to have the reminders. i gave out the last of my halloween candy just now to the break room. done until thanksgiving!

    thanks for the tips!

    cheeriosandbeer

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  5. All GREAT tips for sure. I really like the workout one. I'm starting a new plan and you're right holiday stuff totally soaks up your time BUT if you plan to workout even 3 days a week and make them count then the guilt won't make you feel bad and you will be more likely to stick to your guns!

    I made it a point to do 2 different pin boards on Pinterest... one that's SINNERS and one that's SAINTS so that when I'm meal planning I won't be tempted if they are all in the SAME folder.

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  6. Fantastic tips! I'm definitely on the good snacks band wagon this year! I'd love some tips of what kind of snacks you have in your bag, this is where I get unstuck!

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  7. I needed this reminder! I've been cheating a bit too much lately!

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