If you are looking for some sort of pep talk with magical tips on how to stay on track during the holidays, you may have come to the wrong place.
I get all nutty when I see all of the Holiday Season workout challenges and “healthy eating” tips for avoiding the weight gain.
I even change the channel when the Holiday health/weight loss segments appear on the news.
Where is everyone all year?
It’s what you do 365 days a year that matters. It’s your overall lifestyle that matters, not a Thanksgiving meal or a few extra moments of Holiday fun this time of year.
What bothers me more than anything?
It’s as though people are punishing themselves for experiencing some enjoyment.
Like, Oh no! It’s time to eat more than usual or foods I don’t eat every single day which means I must punish myself for living and liking stuffing so let’s plank ourselves away, skip lunch and cut my breakfast in half to make up for it.
Sometimes the worrying about how a holiday meal will affect your waistline is more detrimental to your health than the actual food.
As I said last year, I make no adjustments to my diet when it comes to the holidays.
Doing so would only set me up for a stronger than normal appetite (which I can’t even imagine), intense cravings and a terrible cycle of overeating, restricting and then overeating again.
It’s not all that complicated – run as usual, eat as usual, skip the foods you couldn’t care less about and enjoy every morsel of which you do choose for your plate (or shall I say plates).
I will still eat two breakfasts tomorrow.
Egg white oatmeal is back in full effect lately! I add Pete And Gerry’s Organic Egg Whites to already cooked oatmeal with berries and then microwave for two minutes. It puffs up all nice and then I top it off with peanut butter before mixing it all around.
Remind me to order more Skoop B Strong, will you? I keep forgetting. For now I am working with the A game in my post run oatmeal.
When you can’t decide between your peanut butters, you go with a spoonful of each and yes, just because you eat your oatmeal in an almost-empty peanut butter jar, you need to add more.
I still cannot get enough butternut squash.
I just keep buying and roasting them and will probably have a lunch plate similar to this tomorrow afternoon before leaving for Thanksgiving dinner because it’s what I eat every day lately when I am dining at home.
Maple roasted butternut squash, apples and brussels sprouts with plum tomatoes, quinoa and avocado.
I didn’t have lunch at home yesterday though. No. I was feeling tired and low on energy which to me was an excuse to have my Red Mango parfait in order to make it all better.
It was nice to have fresh berries for a change and I felt like my usual self again after enjoying my parfait even though my wallet was throwing a small tantrum.
No wonder all of the Red Mangos are closing; the price is just insane.
I must not be as selfish as I think because I shared some of my butternut squash in a baked ziti which I made Sunday night.
I puree the butternut squash right into the sauce so that my son doesn’t know it is there but somehow the other night he found a piece and wouldn’t eat it.
I swear I don’t know what would happen if I gave him my veggie loaded plate and said,
“Here’s your dinner! I know how you love quinoa and chick peas with your vegetables!”
This is what my peanut butter cup apples look like before I mix the peanut butter around.
I bought the Chocolate PB2 for a change last week so I mixed it in with the usual Crunch Time which is why the peanut butter in the above picture looks chocolately.
It was really good like this but I would NEVER recommend using only PB2 in this recipe or as dessert.
In my opinion, you need the full fat peanut butters to be truly satisfied.
Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating this week!
Do you adjust your normal eating/workouts to accommodate the holidays?
Do you like PB2 – how do you feel about the Chocolate flavor?
If you have kids, do they like vegetables? Which ones?