Health & Wellness

How to Eat Clean During the Holidays


Now that we’re smack dab in the middle of Holiday season, I’ve been talking to a lot of people who are struggling with their food.

This time of year introduces us to a ton of environments that make it extremely difficult to “EAT CLEAN”.

My first response to them is always the obvious, but a lot of people don’t want to hear it.

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There are ways to stay on track during the Holidays. I have seen people drop body fat and get in better shape by working hard straight through Thanksgiving all the way to New Year’s.

Holidays in the Real World

But maybe you want to enjoy your holidays and not have to focus so much on what you eat for the next few weeks. I don’t love saying that, but I have to be realistic and realize that you might not be willing to put much effort into monitoring your caloric intake or tracking your macronutrient ratio at every Christmas party you attend.

Before you get too frustrated, there are a few simple things you can do to help limit the effects of going crazy during the holidays. If you concentrate on these and are very diligent it will go a long way in getting you through New Year’s feeling good so you can hit the ground running in 2015:

Don’t Miss Your Workouts

Even better, crank up your workouts and get more activity in. A lot of times people when people let their nutrition go, everything else goes with it.

Don’t fall into this category!

Even if you’re feeling bloated and hung over and terrible, get to the gym or go for a run, (or even a walk), but do SOMETHING to get your butt moving. I promise, you’ll feel better afterwards.

Just don’t let that voice in your head with a full belly and a sugar hangover talk you out of getting your workout in. The extra workouts will minimize the damage of the excess calories and you will not need to ask for a new belt for Christmas.

Drink a Ton of Water

This one comes up in just about every article I write and I didn’t want to break my streak.

Are you eating too much? Drinking water has been shown to help reduce daily caloric intake.

Are you drinking too much booze? Drinking water will help you stay hydrated and reduce the effects of hangovers.

Are you feeling bloated and having all sorts of digestive issues? Yup, you guessed it, water will help you out there.

Get a big jug or bottle and carry it around with you at all times.

Weigh Yourself Every Day

Yes, you read that correctly – this is the one time you get a free pass to get on the scale on daily basis.

I would much rather you get your body fat tested every week or take circumference measurements – or even daily pictures – but as I said above, I’m a realist. Research tells me that the average American can gain over 5 lbs of pure body fat during the holidays, so if this will help you keep an eye on it, then step right up.

Check your weight in the morning when you first get up on an empty stomach and keep a mental note of your daily weight, keeping in mind that a fluctuation of 1lb up or down is normal, especially if your eating tons of processed foods and drinking alcohol.

These are simple, easy to follow and will get you through the next few weeks without completely destroying any work you have done on your health in 2014.


Becoming a stronger, healthier, happier person comes from more than just "working out".

At Gabriele Fitness and Performance, we focus on giving you and your family the skills you'll need to create lasting changes in your fitness, performance and mindset.

With men's and women's fitness and middle and high school athlete training, your whole family can be involved.

Gabriele Fitness and Performance is located at 20 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights. For more information call (908)464-4441.

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