3 Tips To Beat The Holiday Weight Gain

We are officially in the middle of the, end of the year, holiday season. Halloween is wrapped up, and hopefully all the candy is out of your house!

We have more big holidays left. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and New Years.

As a fitness training the last few years, this has been the roughest time of the year for people. Fitness wise. Health wise. And Stress wise.

And when those three things are out of wack and you’re out of your normal routine, weight gain can happen. Quickly!

It’s a big reason why New Years Resolutions are soo big. You gain 5-10-15 pounds over a 2-2.5 month period, and you want to lose it all in a week!

So, instead of making a crazy resolution on January 1st, let me help out a bit and share some tips to combat that unwanted weight gain this year.

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First, when eating, whether that’s out or with the family, focus your plate on protein and veggies. This helps you get fuller, faster.

Now, I’m not saying stay completely away from carbs (Carbs are great!), but carbs do not fill you like protein does. I would aim for your plate to be about 70-75% protein and veggies with about 25-30% carbs.

Also, drink a lot of water. Like, A LOT. Especially right before eating. It helps fill you up.

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Second, satisfy your cravings. But, do it smartly. Having one or two bites of pie is better than 2 slices. 1 homemade cookie is better than the tray. 1 glass of wine is better than the bottle.

Satisfying the craving you have in smaller portions will help you big time over the next few weeks.

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Just keep moving!

Exercise does not out do a bad diet. Again for the people in the back… exercise does not out do a bad diet.

But, it can help. And a tip I have is to try and work out as early as possible. One, working out boost your mood for the day. Two, people tend to play the game of “not wanting to waste a workout by eating junk the whole day”. Whatever works!!

Another small tip, is to try to get a walk in before and/or after a big meal. Even if it’s just down the block or around the corner.

Lastly, enjoy the holidays. Even if you have to ZOOM it all. Be safe. Be happy!

5 Plant Based Protein Options

We’ve done a few trips to the grocery store. All for snacks (lol). This time I wanted to do something a little different.

I’ve been, mostly, vegetarian for about 3 years now. I don’t talk about it a ton, mostly because, I don’t want to come across as one way of eating is the better (or the only) way of eating.

Eating healthy, and eating for your goals can come in a ton of different forms. Being more plant based just happens to be mine.

With all that said… I wanted to share 5 plant based options that are high(ish) in protein.

Check the list out. Let me know if you’ve had any of these. And let me know what should be on the list for a part 2…

1. Tofu – 9g Protein

2. Lightlife Tempeh – 12g Protein

3. Beyond Meat Burger – 20g Protein

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4. Almonds – 8g Protein

5. Banza Pasta – 23g Protein

6. *BONUS* Quorn Meatless Ground – 15g Protein

5 Healthy(ish) Snacks From Target Under 500 Calories Part 2

The first 2 posts like this one (Target pt 1 & Aldi’s ) was well received, so I decided to take another trip to target and find five more healthy(ish) snacks under 500 calories.

The goal is to (1) find easy snacks under 500 calories per serving, and (2) make sure they are healthy (ish). That part is my own judgement call 😉

1. Quest Hero Chocolate Peanuts Butter Bar: 200 Calories

2. Justin’s Cinnamon Almond Butter: 200 Calories per pack

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3. Kind Probiotics Bar: 230 Calories for 2 bars

4. Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds: 160 Calories per serving

5. Core Power Protein Shake: 170 Calories per bottle

How’d I do for part 2??

Where shall I go next? Back to Aldi’s? Walmart? Wegmans? CVS???

Let me know!!! And make sure to share this with your fellow Target lovers!