Not only did I lose weight when I went plant-strong but I’ve kept it off without really trying for the past two years. If you’re following my blog, however; you know that I’ve been posting lots of goodies lately. While some of these are plant-strong others are not.
I do believe it’s okay to indulge occasionally as long as it’s really occasionally. Over the holidays, however; I can get carried away. I’m especially worried this year because in addition the normal festivities I’m also attending two winter weddings. Call me cheap, but I only got one dress for both and I want to fit into it for my brother’s January 4th nuptials!
That’s why I’m excited to share “The Plant-Based Dietician”, Julieanna Hever’s Tips for Staying Lean Over the Holidays. This chica is one awesome plant-based diet advocate. You’ll get bored if I list everything she’s done, but here’s some biggies. She wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition and co-authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking. She’s also the nutrition columnist for VegNews Mag and is the star of the new series “What Would Julieanna Do?”.
Phew – I told you she was accomplished! Anyway, here’s her keep trim holiday tips.
Tips for Staying Lean Over the Holidays:
- Schedule indulgences. Maintain a health-promoting, whole food, plant-based diet as a foundation for your week, with awareness of when you may have an event or party scheduled where you can allow yourself a little slack. If you know there will be a treat you want to enjoy, make sure the rest of your week is solid and clean, so you can indulge without guilt.
- Travel consciously. Know where you will be and bring enough healthy food choices along with you to keep you satisfied until your next eating opportunity. Travel with fruit, trail mix, whole grain crackers with hummus, oats and seeds in a bag to add water to, whole food bars, healthy baked goods you have prepared at home, or use disposable containers to pack up grains, legumes, and salad to eat on your journey. Scout out healthy restaurants or markets before your trip so you can plan meals.
- Party lean. Parties can be risky for excessive alcohol and junk food consumption. Opt for a wine spritzer or light beer to lighten up the alcohol load and extend your drinking time, if you like a cocktail, and seek out snacks with mostly veggies and whole foods. Minimize heavy dips and fried foods which will add tremendous calories without filling you up. Also, drink plenty of water (sparkling or still) to stay full and hydrated.
- Plan to succeed. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, as the old adage goes. Know where you will be for holidays and parties and what is likely to be served. If you can bring a dish you know is healthy and you can share, knowing you have something safe to enjoy. If there won’t be an opportunity to bring something (if you are going to a restaurant, for example), check out the menu ahead of time to see if there are healthy options. If not, eat beforehand so you can go without raging hunger pangs and eat lighter, like a salad, fruit, or baked potato…and not be hungry.
Photo courtesy of Health News and Views.