|Santa's baking cookies!|
|A New Years Eve selfie (2014)|
First: plan to work out at least four days a week from now through New Years. On your "rest days", make sure you walk as much as you can. If you are out shopping, park far away from the entrance so you can get in extra steps. At work, plan a stretch and walk break at least once per hour. Think about ways to move your body.
Second: stick to your nutritional plan as much as you possibly can. Don't let an evening holiday party be an excuse to go off your diet all day. Eat clean and healthy the rest of the week. Do NOT skip meals and starve yourself because you have a party to attend. Make vegetable soup and eat that for lunch. Eat low fat cottage cheese and Greek yogurt for a little protein. Have a handful of almonds as a snack. For lunch on Christmas Eve last year, I had a bowl of steam fresh vegetables and a glass of Cabernet. Should have had some protein, but hey, it was better than eating like crazy or skipping a meal entirely.
|New Years Day (2015) I went out for a hike with Koby. It was cold, but exhilarating!|
Third: Be smart. Plan healthy sides and low fat desserts for the big holidays. Consider substituting chicken broth for butter in your mashed potatoes and other casseroles that call for it. Use coconut oil to sauté vegetables (onions, garlic, celery) for those recipes that you would normally use vegetable oil or meat drippings. Substitute half apple sauce for the oil in desserts. (For example, if the recipe calls for one cup of oil, use 1/2 cup apple sauce and 1/2 cup oil.). Use a little less sugar than the recipe calls for. If it calls for one cup, cut back to 3/4 cup. Your guests won't even notice the substitutions. I started using oats instead of white flour. You can't do that for everything, but it works well with many recipes. I put the oats in the food processor to make oat flour. It takes a few seconds and viola. I don't think I would do that with every recipe, but it works well with some.
|Chicken broth (or stock) is a great substitute for butter in mashed potatoes and casseroles. It adds flavor without the fat.|
|My Wonder Woman Tervis cup. Don't leave home without it.|
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