My Personal Approach to Holiday Eating
By: Coach Jackson
For those of you that know me well, you know how seriously I take my nutrition and typically see me every day eating the same measured and portioned meals at the same times. Many of you are in the same boat as me, you’re very tuned in to your fitness goals and pay great attention to what goes in your body, and if we’re honest this makes the holidays a little tough.
The slew of comments like “Oh c’mon its the holidays” or “Just one more” seem endless, and though you want to enjoy the holidays, and don’t at all want to seem rude, you still want to stay on track with your goals, so how do you compromise?
I am a firm believer that as long as you don’t turn the holidays into a week of binge eating “The 99 will always outweigh the 1”.
What do I mean by that? The 99% of the time you measure your meals, avoid the things outside your diet, and turn down the treats you’re offered, will always be more critical and have a bigger effect on your goals than the one big family meal with a few cookies, “the 1%”.
Now when it comes to how I approach that “1%” I do still try to keep things at least reasonable. I won’t completely pig out at the family christmas meal till I feel stuffed to the brim or chow down on cookies all day. I still stick to my normal nutrition all day, then enjoy that meal and that time with family, have a few cookies and the next day it’s right back to business.
Am I telling you that my way is the end-all-be-all approach to eating at the holidays if you’re serious about your fitness goals? Absolutely not, do what is best for you. I just wanted to share the approach of someone very serious about goals with like minded people who may see this time as slightly stressful.
In the end though remember to first and foremost enjoy family, just take everything in moderation, remember this is 1 of 365 days of a year you work hard during that you should enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas!