Beat the Holiday Food Guilt

November 30, 2016

Ways to Stay on Track this Holiday Season



“I ate and drank way too much this weekend.”  How many of you are shaking your head “yes” as you read that?  “I need to get back to the gym TODAY.”  How many of you are agreeing with that statement?  While it is perfectly fine to feel a touch of guilt if you spent the entire day noshing on sweet potatoes, stuffing and wine or you missed your workout for a few days, you shouldn’t go into panic mode.  Why, you ask?  Life is too short.  You will not get fat overnight.  It is also, in my opinion, healthy to take a little “break.” 


Indulging is a part of life.  While I don’t exactly want to see clients put on 5 pounds over Thanksgiving weekend, I remind them that if they lead a healthy and fit lifestyle, they can afford to indulge and/or take a break from the gym…just as long as they hop back on the wagon.


So, you ate too much turkey and sat on your bottom watching football all day.  What’s next?  Well, for starters, don’t freak out.  Second, get out and move.  Working up a sweat and producing endorphins will make you feel so much better.  In terms of eating, no, you do not need to go on a juice cleanse (how do people do that?)  Be mindful of what you are consuming, however.  Vegetables are your friend.  Lean proteins, fruit, healthy fats and water are also your friends.  Skip the leftover pumpkin pie (remember, we already had our day/couple of days to indulge!)


Studies have shown that people can gain 5 or more pounds over the holiday season.  There are company/family parties, meet up’s with friends, and cookies tossed in your view left and right.  It is up to you to stay strong and not go overboard.  Only YOU can make that happen.  Some ways to avoid those extra calories include choosing only a couple of parties to attend, not showing up to a get-together starving, drinking water instead of alcohol, bringing a healthy side dish to share (at least you can nibble on this if nothing else is good for you!) and of course, sticking to your workout regimen.


Enjoy this holiday season.  Remember, it’s the most magical time of year!  Well, unless you are like me and think summer is the most magical time of year.  I am already looking forward to flip flops and afternoons by the pool!  Cheers! 

The Author

Karen Bobos, MSed

Karen M. Bobos, MSed, has been in the fitness industry since 1996 and feels her highest accomplishments are those results achieved by her clients through her guidance. She educates clients that there is no trick to being healthy, no magic pills, but rather optimal health is achieved through eating right and moving your body.

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