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Tips For Avoiding Diet Disaster This Festive Season

Does December have to mean a derailed diet and a holiday belly?

Year after year, December is a month of festive gorging. Were not even at the midpoint of the month yet, and people are already feeling the holiday pooch start to form.

While we encourage you to let loose and enjoy the odd treat, derailing your diet too much in the next two weeks is only going to lead to feelings of shame and regret as you're Auld Lang Syne-ing up a storm on New Years Eve.


5 Tips For Avoiding A Diet Disaster This Festive Season


5. Non-negotiable Workouts

Being too busy this month to workoutis a lame excuse. We all know being busy just means, Im choosing not to prioritize this.

Are you too busy to remember to pee when you wake up in the morning? Didnt think so.

Think of your gym routine like youre morning pee: Non-negotiable.


4. Healthier Treats

Heres a recipe for delicious gluten-free, dairy-free bliss balls. The only sweeteners in these tasty balls are dates and a bit of maple syrup. For the most part, theyre are full of healthy fats. Doesnt mean you should have 12 of them, but theyre quite rich and made with whole foods, and will keep you satiated against those other more detrimental cookies in the line-up.

2 cups Dates

3 cups Pecans (Whole or crushed. If whole, you'll need a food processor to crush them)

1 cup Almonds (same as above)

1.5 cups Almond butter

1/2 cup Maple Syrup

1/4 cup Coconut oil

2 Tsp. Cinnamon

2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

Cocoa powder (for rolling the balls in)


1. Crush the pecans and almonds with a food processor. Throw your dates in there too if it's a powerful food processor. If not, cut the dates into small pieces with a knife.

2. On the stove, on low to medium heat, melt the almond butter with the coconut oil and maple syrup. Add dates and continue to let melt.

3. Once melted, add the pecans, almonds, cinnamon and vanilla.

4. Turn off heat and mix together with a wooden spoon. The texture should be firm enough to roll into balls in your hands. If it's too runny, add some more nuts. If it's too dry, add some more almond butter, coconut oil, or even a little water.

5. Let sit in fridge to cool (about 1 hour)

6. Once cool, roll into balls with your hands.

7. Roll the balls in the cocoa powder to coat them.

8. Refrigerate 2 hours



3. Avoid the Christmas Party Sabotage

When youre surrounded by endless finger foods, its hard to know how much youre consuming.

Instead of attacking the never-ending flow of hors doeuvres one-by-one all night and eating standing up, grab a plate and fill it with a reasonable amount of food.

Itll help you monitor how much food youre actually consuming and might prevent the binge of the century.


2. Planned Cheating

Its OK to cheat over the holidays, but its best to come up with a plan. Christmas dinner is likely going to be one night of guilt-free eating and maybe drinking.

But not every Christmas event or meal has to be the greatest feast of your life.

Knowing you have a cheat meal around the corner the next meal, or the next day, may keep you more in check during your other meals, or snacks, of the day.


1. Stop with the guilt trips

What were asking you to do is hard. Harder for some than others. If you do mess up, let it go!

It's kind of like brushing your teeth. Everyone has forgotten to brush their teeth here or there, but you normally dont beat yourself up about if. Not brushing your teeth once doesnt lead to a spiral effect of not brushing your teeth for a week. But that often happens with food. Someone cheats,and then this spirals into a week of bad eating.

So remember, dont skip your morning pee, and dont beat yourself up if you forget to brush your teeth this Christmas.




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