The weather is finally changing and with the cooler temperatures comes more time spent inside on the couch. Football tailgating weekends and holiday events mean we have to stay even more focused on our nutrition habits because these things tend to make us less active and more snack prone.
A big part of staying on track is simply being disciplined in day-to-day life so that when it comes time for those special events, you can enjoy a few of those indulgences the season brings without guilt or fear of it destroying your hard work. Now is the perfect time to really focus on your favorite way to stay active and make sure you stick to it at least 3 to 4 days a week. Have a friend who joins you or with whom you check in daily to hold you accountable for exercising, and maybe even some basic aspects of your daily nutrition.
One of the simplest, most disciplined choices you can make when it comes to nutrition is this -- if you don’t have it in your house you can’t eat it! Save the treats for when you are out. For example, don’t bring the Halloween candy in the house until a day or two before you will be giving it out! This limits the temptation and keeps your nibbling to a minimum. Also make your grocery list at home with a good healthy menu for the week, and then when you get to the store, stick to your list. Don’t give in to the seasonal specials that you will inevitably see on every end cap in the stores.
When you go to parties, stick to small portions of only your most favorite items! Maybe even eat a small, healthy, and well-balanced meal prior to going so that you are not as hungry, therefore lessening the temptation to over indulge. When choosing from the amazing food spreads you will be faced with at gatherings, remember that the best choices are always the ones where you can clearly distinguish the ingredients. Casseroles and things covered in heavy sauces pack a huge punch you don’t really want, while all-natural, whole foods will fill you up and tend to be less detrimental to your body.
The last major tip I have for you is to drink at least 84 ounces of water every day. Staying well hydrated each day is another way to battle the cravings and temptations. And finally, choose your beverage wisely at the party. Steer clear of the alcohol and sugary drinks, at least in excessive amounts. Choosing water keeps you not only feeling good, but also helps the body better process the food treats you are consuming. Enjoy the season and all the fun, but as the old saying goes, “Do everything in moderation.”
For more information regarding a personalized general or sports nutrition plan contact me at Prime Performance 423-805-0870.
By: Nick Thomas
Owner of Prime Performance Training, and Certified Sports Nutritionist