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“Have a Different Goal this Holiday Season”
by Rebekah Tilson, M.S.
It’s getting to be that time of year- potentially the scariest time of year as an athlete… no it’s not Halloween, it’s the Holidays! Days filled with parties, family, and tables full of sweets and treats. Here at Mash Elite we use daily macro goals to create the best plan for each team member. If you’re unfamiliar with macro-style programming, it’s basically a framework of goals for the day: eat a certain number of fats, carbs, and protein. So what’s a person to do when surrounded by temptation, that maaaay or may not fit into their macros?!
Typically what happens around this time of year is one of two things:
1) You’ve worked really hard over the last few months and you don’t want to lose the results of your effort, or
2) You’re planning on putting off eating well until the new year.
I have one thing to say, well about the second one especially…suck it up, buttercup! Just because the food is placed in front of you doesn’t mean you have to eat it. But, we are also human and the nice thing about macro programming is that it allows you to indulge here and there and still stay on track!
I have a personal goal this time of year, and that is to come out of the holidays healthier than when I went in. I’ve been looking at November and December from this perspective for about seven years now, and let me tell you, it’s an awesome feeling to say “no” and focus on your own personal goals! In order to keep myself on track, I have a few tactics I employ during this season…
• Never go to a party hungry- I keep my normal eating schedule, but perhaps eat just a little bit less if I am planning on going to a dinner party
• Just say no!- I really have no qualms with telling my host that I will NOT eat those double battered- twice fried- breadsticks or cream filled pastries…chances are I’m friendly enough with them that they won’t care, and if not I focus on my decision that it’s my body, my life, and my choice
• Set a limit- One (or two…) glasses of wine, one small piece of dessert, two mini eclairs …whatever it is, just like setting a goal for a workout, set a goal for eating!
• Bring your own- It’s always a nice gesture to bring something to a party, so why not bring your own macro/dietary- approved option. It’s a great way to be sure you have something you’ll eat, without particularly offending anyone.
I hope these tips help you out as you traverse this Holiday season! If you have any questions about the Eat What You Want program, drop me a line! (email@example.com)
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