Category Archives: Holidays!

How To Have a Healthy Memorial Day Weekend

It’s Memorial Day weekend lovely people – you know what that means. Party! And it’s unofficially summer. It can also be a hit or miss for your healthy eating plans. Temptation to overindulge is right under your nose, literally. But with a few helpful strategies I have no doubt you’ll stay on track this weekend.

Americans love to grill on holiday weekends. So do Aussies who live in America. Here are my best tips for getting through the weekend without piling on the pounds.

1. Anything Fried is Not Your Friend: Dodging fried junk is a really simple way to avoid a ton of wasted calories. You can still enjoy the guacamole and salsa, just dominate with the veggies (carrots/celery/cucumber/cherry tomatoes).

2. Burgers: I’ve noticed the Americans love burgers. Best choice for your waistline is chicken or lean bison. Go light on the sauces too – tomato sauce (ketchup) and BBQ sauce are loaded with sugar. The other perfect grilled choice is salmon. If you think this is boring, consider this: have you ever seen a hottie on the beach eating a big burger? No. Exactly.

3. Lay Off the Deadly Sweets: You know the ones I mean. Keep your paws away from the evil stuff and get your sugar hit from fruit. Fresh berries, mango, pineapple and watermelon seems to be a hit over here. It’s a much healthier dessert and you still get a sweet finish.

4. Booze and Still Lose: Is this possible? As an Aussie that has tested a few theories on alcohol intake and fat loss, I can report you want to stick with clear alcohols and keep the sugars down. Vodka with soda water is my choice. Just don’t overdo it and make sure you drink plenty of water. Drinking and losing fat is tough, as the alcohol slows down fat metabolism and is just empty calories. Stick to your limits.

5. Don’t Give Up On Your Workouts: Just because it’s a holiday, doesn’t mean your body gets a holiday. It’s the best time to do an awesome workout! In fact, I find the holiday weekends can be even more productive as you have more time to train – and less people around the gyms. There’s no excuse for skipping it.

With all this is mind, make sure you have a game plan with limits if you’re going to a party that you know could get out of hand. You can still have fun!

Stay healthy, safe and have an awesome Memorial Day weekend!

Kate :)

8 Ways to Beat the Holiday Bulge

Hello lovely people!

With Thanksgiving behind us and the holiday season shifting in to full swing, it’s no wonder your jeans are feeling a little tight already. The lead up to Christmas is an exciting, joyful time – but it can be not so joyful if you’re trying to lose weight. Not only is it getting cold out, but there are parties to attend and temptations everywhere! You can still enjoy this time of year without putting on weight. It’s all about moderation – and this is the key to success. Just because you are trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you have to be boring, or miss out on the fun!

Let’s just face it – losing weight at Christmas time is difficult! A more achievable goal at this time of year is to maintain your weight. No gain = success! It will allow you to still enjoy yourself and start fresh in 2012 to move forward.

These strategic yet simple moves will have you bouncing into 2012 without the extra 5 pounds:

1. Reach for Protein: it is a fact. Protein keeps you feeling full for longer and therefore reduces your appetite. Try grilled meats, nuts, beans, eggs and low fat milk/yoghurt/cheese — yes they may be in disguise at a holiday party but they’ll be there!

2. Fill Up First: going to a holiday party hungry is a recipe for disaster!! Any food looks delicious when you’re hungry. Problem is, it may not be EXACTLY what you’d like to use your splurge card on. Have a (protein) snack before the party to start the night off on the right foot.

3. Drink Up: go easy on the beer/wine/vodka cocktails and stay hydrated with water or seltzer. AH so if the boring alarm is going off and the beverages are ‘accidently’ falling down your throat, steer clear from heavy starches like potatoes, bread, rice and pasta.

4. Go in with a Plan: If you know the party is going to be crazy, plan yourself accordingly. Having simple food limits in place you know you can manage will give you more control over the situation. For example, promise yourself ‘I won’t eat any fried food tonight’ or ‘I will only have one small serving from the buffet’.

5. Get Distracted: instead of finding yourself loitering around the snacks table and being anti-social, mingle and chat with your mates to take your mind off the treats. It doesn’t hurt to say no either. Only eat the foods you enjoy, not just the ones being offered to you.

6. Stop The All or Nothing Approach: if you have a rough day and you eat or drink yourself to death at the party – it’s not the end of the world. The sooner you pick yourself up and get over it, the better for you. Just because you slipped up doesn’t mean you completely failed this holiday season. Failure is when you quit altogether.

7. Keep Up Your Training: continue your awesome workout schedule and try to be as active as possible. But just because you are still training doesn’t give you a free pass to stuff yourself!

8. Maintain Your Fortress: during the holidays, keep your cupboards clear of the snacks that may tempt you to binge. Your home is your safe haven and you have the control. Enjoy the treats, just don’t bring them home with you.

Get a head start on your 2012 goals by giving your body 5 pounds less to lose this January. Think about how hard you have been training this year – you don’t want to waste all your hard work on a month long holiday binge!

Enjoy the season!

Kate :)