How NOT TO gain weight during the Christmas holidays

italian-christmas-dishesHello everybody!

Today I’m going to write about a much requested topic, on how not to gain weight during this beautiful season. We all know that the party season is tricky, we have our friends and families over, we make festive dinners, lot’s of snacks, desserts and not to forget about the drinks.

So Christmas is all about enjoying life, family and friends, relaxation and eating. Speaking about eating, I personally always eat whatever I want to eat – and that is healthy. But if I want to enjoy an unhealthy Christmas meal once or twice, I definitely do it!

BUT please be aware, just because you ate an unhealthy breakfast this morning does NOT mean the day is ruined.  Just because you’re going to eat a big piece of cake and some pie this afternoon does NOT mean you should continue in that direction with dinner too. What I mean is, if you’re going to eat ONE bad meal, you still have the opportunity to eat two really good meals afterwards. As I wrote in my previous articles one bad meal does not make you gain weight. It’s when that one bad meal is followed up by a week of bad meals now that’s a  problem.  Eat a bad meal and move on!

Are you ready for my tips? If so, just read below! 🙂

 1. Avoid going to parties hungry

 A common mistake is overindulging on high-fat pastries, chips and dips while waiting for the “real” food to arrive. Avoid overeating by ensuring you do not arrive at an event starving. Have a filling snack 60 to 90 minutes before you go.

 2. Choose the right foods to eat

On a Christmas dinner table there are plenty of foods to choose from. In my opinion it’s not a good idea to choose the slow carbs like mashed/fried potato, or pastries, crackers and breads. Too much slow carbs will make you feel bloated, and with a very low nutritional value. So if you ask me I say, you better choose some ham, eggs, vegetables, meat balls, some olives,cheese and lots of vegetables.

3. Don’t overeat

I don’t know how you celebrate Christmas, but in my family we love to eat a lot and often during the winter holidays. So I always make sure to not overeat.

Try to eat small portions and often, it’s better than big portions often :))

4. Watch the Drinks

Not only is the food bad enough at most holiday parties, but the drinks can really add up some calories quickly. Many of the fancier cocktails that people opt for can easily pack 200 or more calories per glass. Do yourself a favour and plan to either treat yourself to something food-related or something drink-related. Not both. This will at least limit the amount of additional calories you are taking in at any given meal.

Dilute wine and spirits with ice or mineral water, ask for light beer instead of full-strength or intersperse a juice or sparkling mineral water between regular drinks.

Have something to eat before you drink to slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.

5. Smaller Plates, More Activities

It’s a good trick! Use smaller plates. That way, even if you double charge, the total amount of food you eat will be smaller.  Concentrate on family and friends, not food. You do not have to eat and talk at the same time 🙂

 6. Get back on track the next day

Don’t let Christmas run until January. Your body has no idea that it’s holiday season, it’s just another day.  So the day after, treat it like the rest of your healthy days.

The day after the big dinner take corrective action, doing a bit more cardio and cut back on your carbohydrate or fat intake.

Well these are the tips that I have for you right now. If you have some other tips, please write in the comment field!

 I wish you again a happy holiday season and much love! :*

 

 

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Happy Holidays!

PhotoGrid_1387901881317Hello my dear readers!

First of all I’m wishing a Merry Christmas to all of you nice people out there, who read my blog, leave me all those sweet comments, and support me. Thank you so much, you are my biggest motivation to go on.

You know this is the best and the most beautiful time of the year, so enjoy it, take a deep breath, inhale the Christmas spirit and take care of your love ones!

As a health and fitness coach I feel that is my duty to tell you to watch out on your diet during the holidays, so tomorrow I will post some tips on how to stay healthy and fit during the winter holidays!

Stay tuned and once again a merry merry Christmas and happy holidays! :*

One bad meal won’t make you fat!!

IMAG3301_1_1Hello everyone!

Look at this picture, this was my lunch today! I know, it’s not a healthy meal, and it is not a good example for you to show. BUT, I want to tell you something, nobody is perfect, nobody can eat 100% just healthy and clean food. Our body and mind sometimes need those unhealthy greasy foods, so once in a while it’s not such a bad thing to eat a pizza or pasta or lasagna or a cheesecake or whatever you prefer. You know there is a saying “One bad meal won’t make you fat, just like one good meal won’t make you skinny” and this is so true. Of course if you ask me, I advise you to eat healthy 90% of the times, and indulge in a treat meal 10% of the times. The healthier you want to get, the faster you want results, the stricter you’ll have to be. On the other hand life is short, so you have to enjoy it. If you crave something just go for it, and the next day you will pay more attention on what you are eating! I hear people say all the time, that if they eat an unhealthy meal their diet is “gone” or they feel guilty for it. Don’t be! We are humans, and believe me those 1-2 bad meals won’t “destroy” your diet, you won’t get fat from that and especially don’t feel guilty for it. I really feel good after this huge pizza  🙂

Have a nice day everybody, see you very soon! :*

Short Real Time Workout

Hello my friends!

How’s your day? did you workout today? If not, now is the perfect moment! 🙂

I have for you a real time workout video! Real time workouts are my favourite thing to do, because I want you at home to feel like you have a personal trainer helping you push through your workout!

This workout is a time challenge, Your work time is 40 seconds and your rest time is 10 seconds. In those 40 seconds try to do as many repetitions as possible, the more the better, but pay attention to your form, to do them correctly!

Those 10 seconds between the exercises are your rest periods. You have the time to get ready for the next exercise.

So, go and get your exercise mat, a bottle of water and hit play on my video.

Let’s do it!

Let me know, how you did!

Have a great day everybody! :*

 

Love pancakes

PhotoGrid_1385987377025bbHello everybody!

Look what I just made. Yes you guessed it, it’s pancake. I really love pancakes, but this one is adorable. I would eat almost everything that has a heart shape, well…..almost :))

It’s a very simple recipe, but I tell you it is delicious, healthy, low calorie, low fat, and it doesn’t contain flour or milk.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 banana
  • 1 tbs of shredded coconut
  • 1ts of cinnamon

And that’s it. You can add some honey or any kind of natural sweetener if you like, but the bananas are sweet enough, so it’s your choice.  Just mix the ingredients in a blender and fry them on a low heat. I have a great non sticky pan that doesn’t need any oil for cooking, but you can add 1 tbs of coconut oil.

I told you it’s easy 🙂

Good appetite! Enjoy your pancakes!

Have a pleasant day! :*