Guest Blogger # 1

December 14, 2011

Happy Thursday Everyone!
Today starts day 1 of my 4 day guest bloggers.

I would like for you to meet Ashley :)
She blogs over at Me and My Boys!
I hope you will stop by her blog; you'll love it just as much as I do!

Hey all! I am Ashley from Me and My boys, and am fully excited to be here. I love all things health and fitness. I think with a good diet, positive attitude and the right motivation we can all be healthy. Here are some tips for a healthy Christmas

Holidays... How we love you ever so much, but hate what you do to our diets. This time of year can mess up even the most successful dieter. Overeating is not only "socially acceptable" during the holidays but it is expected. In my opinion it is not that hard to stay focused and not gain weight over this season. You just need to have a game plan. Going in prepared is the only way it will work.

1. EAT breakfast
You may think you are saving up calories for the big dinner, however eating a small meal will give you more control over your appetite. Start the day with a small satisfying breakfast.

-eggs with whole wheat toast
-yogart and granola
-whole-grain cereal with low fat milk.

 This way when it comes time for dinner you will not be starving, resulting in a binge like attitude.

2. Planning the meals
If you are hosting or just bringing a few dishes you can use lighter ingredients. Focus on less fat, sugars and calories.  

-use sugar substitutes
-try fat free chicken broth
-rather than adding oil in baked goods try using fruit purees
-try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in casseroles, creamy dips and mashed potatoes.
-reduce butters and oils wherever possible 

 3. Pick and choose
Thanksgiving/Christmas comes around once a year. It is not practical on skipping your favorites you only see on this special day, however it is practical on skipping things you see all year round. Seriously don't even bother with...

-ice cream
4. Check it out
BEFORE even filling your plate scope out what is there. Pick the things you are just dying to have and take reasonable portions.

5. Skip the Seconds.
Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings. Leftovers are much better the next day. If you limit yourself to one plate then you are less likely to overeat and have more room for dessert.

Choose the Best Bets on the Buffet. Keep in mind that some holiday foods are better choices than others.

-White turkey meat
-plain vegetables
-roasted sweet potatoes
-mashed potatoes
-defatted gravy
-pumpkin pie

Tend to be the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories.

7. Take your time  
Eat slowly. Put your fork down between bites, chew, visit with family. Remember it's not a race to see who can eat the most. Also keep in mind its not attractive to lay on the couch with your pants unbuttoned after dinner.

-Choosing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber that will add to the feeling of fullness. 

8.Get Active 
Make fitness a family priority. Start a new tradition...Rather than plopping on the couch with your pants unbuttoned...

-Take a walk early in the day and then again after dinner. After dinner during your walk talk and visit with family.
9.Focus on Family and Friends
I know when you think of Thanksgiving/Christmas one thing that pops into your head is food. At least it does mine, however you should be focusing on family and friends.

10. What to do AFTER 
Sigh of relief, You did good during the big dinner. However now is still important. You went off the diet a little(totally ok). Remember I said it's not practical to skip everything that comes around once a year. 

Get back into gear, going off your diet and feeling bloated is bound to make you lose motivation. The VERY NEXT morning do your workout routine. Go to the gym, do a at-home workout video, take a jog outside. Whatever you're comfortable with DO IT! 

If you hosted or you're the poor collage student in the family so the leftovers are all given to you (me) hehe...  enjoy them the next day but in moderation. Make a healthy soup using turkey/ham or cut it up and eat it on top of a salad with healthy dressing.

DON'T PUNISH YOURSELF. If you didn't do anything I recommended, if you ate WAY TO MUCH, didn't walk and feel like CRAP...DO NOT hate yourself, this will only cause you to sink into a depressed state. Just get your bootie in gear. Like I said do whatever you are comfortable with to burn those calories. You are only human. Love yourself, because yourself is beautiful!

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  1. Great tips! Holidays are hard and I've been hitting the gym even harder to make up for some of that sugar I've been sneaking in :)

  2. Ashley, love the tips! I will stop by your blog, Merry Christmas.

  3. thanks for the oppertunity girl:)

  4. I love Ashley!! These are great tips!!

  5. Hi, I am your new follower via Mingle with Us (Blog Hop).

  6. Ashley- I was planning to blog about a very similar topic next week! If we combined all our tips, we'd be set :)

  7. Great post! I always tell my bf that he should eat more slowly so he can enjoy his meal and get full. But he doesn't listen. He'll eat fast and want more. An hour after eating he's eating again!

    Hi! I'm a new follower every way I could find. I have also left you an Alexa review. You have a great site and hope you can get the chance to visit mine and return the favor. I also just posted the Winter Wonderland Blog Hop if you'd like to join! Thanks!


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