The holidays are upon us. The time of year for celebrating with loved ones; usually served with generous amounts of food, the occasional alcoholic beverage, and often involving extensive travelling. With so many temptations and so many opportunities to indulge during the holidays, it easy for even the most stringent athlete to struggle to stay focused on training and maintain a proper nutritional regime. And while it is true that one should resist the urge to binge regardless of the season, it is also true that one extra glass of wine with a holiday meal, or a slightly-larger than usual dollop of whip cream on grandma’s pumpkin pie during the holidays won’t derail your training. In fact, one might argue that showing a lack of restraint during the holidays may provide the necessary motivation to work that much harder to achieve one’s goals later on in the season.
In the following, Coach Dana and new Achieve PTC Coach, Ryan Moore, share some of their thoughts on how to maintain healthy nutritional habits and avoid temptation during the holidays.
Menu Suggestion: For your holiday dinner, substitute brown rice for white and sweet potatoes for white. Carrots, broccoli and squash are also good options.
Dessert: Try a bowl of fruit with dark chocolate (which is high in antioxidants). Or Coach Dana’s Meringue Surprise.
Coach Ryan: “I always try to get in a good 2-3 hour z2 ride during the morning, usually alone to get some quiet time before family stuff with a light breakfast after. I figure that it’s inevitable that I’ll eat a ton on Thanksgiving and doing a couple hours on the bike helps me to enjoy all that delicious food and beer, and football later on in the day.”
In conclusion, its easy to lose sight of the important things during the busy holiday season, your fitness being the least of them. Enjoy the time with your family. Eat well and guilt free.
Or, as Coach Ryan puts it, “If the holidays interfere a bit with your training you need to be very worried. -just kidding! It’s cool to let yourself enjoy family, food and friends, and when it comes down to it, Christmas and Thanksgiving are just two days out of the year. Make the most of it, It’ll probably help your motivation in the long run.