Holiday Eating!

Holiday Eating!

This time of year can be a tough one for a lot of people. Some have weight loss goals but struggle with the temptations of all the holiday treats. Athletes might be in the off-season and put on a few extra pounds that they need to work off when the real training begins.  Here are some easy ways to approach holiday eating if you have the tendency to go a bit overboard and regret it later.

  • Eat slowly. You’ll consume less and you will enjoy the taste of the meal much more!
  • Eat the treats you like, but have smaller portions. Don’t skip the pie you love, but do you need to go back for that extra piece?
  • Eat breakfast and have healthy snacks throughout the day. The more stable your blood sugar is going into the holiday meal (meaning you won’t feel ravenous), the easier it will be to control your portions.
  • It’s OK to say no. Aunt Sally might really want you to eat another slice of her pie, but if you are are full and don’t want it, simply thank her but say no. You are in control of what you consume.
  • On non-holiday days, eat normal meals. Don’t reach for the treats just because it is the holiday season. A little is ok, but daily extra desserts will find their way to your waist line quickly.
  • Stay active. Keep up some sort of exercise, especially on the day of the holiday meal. It doesn’t have to be training, just go out and get some kind of exercise.
For more tips on controlling Thanksgiving and holiday eating, check out this Thanksgiving Eats post.

How do you handle holiday eating? Please leave your comments below.  If you have questions that you would like to see answered in the ‘Ask the Coach’ column you can post them in the comment section. You can also contact Coach Nicole on facebooktwitter or via email at

Coach Nicole is the founder and head coach for NEO Endurance Sports & Fitness, a Colorado-based endurance sport coaching company. She is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach and also coaches triathlon for Team In Training. Learn more at
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  • Terry Odell
    November 25, 2010

    I'll be watching to see if you follow your own rules.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist–of Mystery

  • Nicole
    November 25, 2010

    That's actually another good one! Have someone around to help hold you accountable. 🙂

  • Jess
    November 30, 2010

    Yes, I DO need that extra piece of pie!