Happy Sunday! 🙂 Here in Vancouver it’s starting to feel very winter like, every night this week the temperature has dropped below freezing. I have had my fire place on everyday and my slippers are on 24/7. 😉 I think it is universal that most people put on a few pounds over the winter……..but you don’t have to! It’s hard not to crave those comfort foods that may not be the healthiest and it’s not so motivating to go for a run in the freezing cold or pouring rain! I have a few suggestions on how to stay on tack this winter.
First of all, you don’t have to weigh yourself everyday but checking in once a week or once a month is a good way to monitor if you have been overindulging. I also like to see how my clothes fit, if my pants are all feeling too tight, it’s time to take a look at my eating habits. It’s easy to hide behind the oversized sweaters and leggings all winter, but make sure your old clothes fit. 😉 If you love a sport or yoga or working out, it definitely helps. For those of you who don’t, it’s nice to set fitness goal that you can work towards like signing up for a 5km or 10km run in the spring to train for. I did a 30 day challenge one year where I did 100 squats a day. I have never felt fitter in my life when I finished.
If you love comfort food like creamy pastas, french fries and pizza, I totally get it. I love these foods too! They are ok to indulge in once and and a while. I use the 80/20 rule, eat healthy 80 percent of the time. If you want to eat these comfort foods more often there are many ways to make healthier versions of your favourite dish. Instead of french fries make yam fries at home. If you love a creamy pasta try this roasted red pepper pasta. I can’t stop myself from eating pizza so I make it at home with gluten free crust and I use organic fresh ingredients and goat cheese mozzarella!
Last but not least, don’t go overboard over the holiday season! It’s way to easy to eat too many Christmas cookies at the office or have to0 much eggnog at that christmas party. Be mindful this holiday season and don’t overeat, plan ahead and eat as healthy as you can before going to a holiday event. I will be sharing a guest blog later this week on how to prevent overeating this holiday…stay tuned.