Manage Your Merry to be the “It Girl” this Holiday Season

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10 Must Do’s to Stay Happy + Fit this Holiday

It’s time to celebrate!  Indulging in things you don’t normally get the rest of the year is part of what the holidays are about.   However, you can still make progress if you follow some simple ideas.  You definitely don’t want to be the Debbie Downer constantly complaining about your weight and regaling other party goers with the detailed list of everything you’ve eaten during the season.  Seriously, don’t do it!  Don’t be that girl!  Manage your merry and be the “it” girl on every invitation list!

Here’s how:

1. Get a workout in before the event and Schedule a workout for the next day.  So many people put their health on hold during the holidays.  Be smart: be even more disciplined about getting your workouts in during the month of December…. your January self will thank you for it.

2. Use a little mind-voodoo and develop a mindset of eating really good quality food like the best quality pumpkin pie or your grandma’s famous Christmas cookies.  Don’t eat lower quality like store bought foods; you deserve so much better than that…you really do. This is a great concept to adopt the rest of the year as well.  My motto is if “I can get it better somewhere else, I don’t eat it.”

3. Before going out to any holiday party or event think about How you want to be remembered:Consider if the event will be attended by people you know or if there will be an opportunity to make new friends.  Being an engaged listener and a witty guest will take your mind off the food.  It’s a good idea to check out your favorite magazines, blogs and online news sites before going out.  You will appear informed and can contribute to any conversation about current events, etc.

4. Choose a party dress that makes you feel amazing when you wear it! Think Audrey Hepburn in her LBD in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Keira Knightley in just about anything. If it’s a bit form fitting, all the better! It will help remind you not to over do it.  Besides, all eyes will be on you, so who has time to eat!

5. Use small plates when possible, especially at an event serving only heavy hors d’oeuvres.  Small nibbles are often very high in calories.

6. Eat a small protein packed snack before you go out for the evening.  Some ideas are 6oz of 2% Greek Yogurt with a piece of fruit, 2 slices of cheese with celery, or 2 slices of organic sandwich turkey with 2 slices of cheese.

7. Cut back on calories by choosing lower calorie drinks. Choose prosecco or a vodka with soda water and lime.  Make every other drink in your hand a glass of water. This technique will keep you full and cut down on the dehydrating aspects of alcohol tomorrow.

8. Eat this, not that!  Try to fill up your plate with crudités, when you aren’t entertaining a group of newfound admirers.  Other foods to eat are a handful of mixed nuts or small bite appetizers over calorie-laden dips.  Say yes to the salsa,  stay clear of creamy dips.  Save even more calories by scooping up the salsa with veggies instead of tortilla chips.  Cocktail shrimp, stuffed mushrooms and hard cheese are great choices to make when faced with fried shrimp, cocktail meatballs and brie in phyllo dough.

9. Hang out in the room where the food isn’t set up.  If the party is in one big room hang out on the opposite side with your back to the buffet.

10. Swap the same old same old for some seasonal eats.  You know what chips and dip and coconut crusted shrimp tastes like, right?  So don’t blow your calorie budget on foods you can get anywhere!   If you can get it the rest of the year pass over it.  Choose things like your Grandma’s special chestnut stuffing or your BF’s famous fudge.Make this holiday season the merriest and healthiest yet!  Tell me your must-do’s for health and wellness during the holidays in the comments below.

Merry Everything!

XoRobin McAllister Zaas is a personal coach specializing in life, health and weight loss.  Robin believes that age is irrelevant.  Her life mission is inspire and inform others on how to overcome their resistance and accomplish anything their heart desires.You can learn more about Robin on her website at and check out her bio here.

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