Do this to avoid weight gain during the holidays in 2021 (just 3 simple things)!

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Do this to avoid weight gain during the holidays in 2021 (just 3 simple things)!

I certainly enjoy the trio of “the holidays” at this time of year in a BIG way!! The traditions, the joy, the excitement and anticipation are not lost on me. I seek to soak it all up! But boy, do I ever rely on these 3 simple tried and true ways to avoid weight gain during the holidays!

Why do we often gain weight during the holiday season?

One of the many things I look forward to before the holidays start is the abundance of special holiday meals and desserts! And that is reason so many people gain weight over the holidays! It’s not just one meal, it’s tons of meals and treats that add extra calories over and over MANY days of the holiday season!

In the past, by the time the holidays were in full swing, I would be feeling a bit weighted down (pun intended:-) drowning in sugar overload and high caloric meal after meal! Which would then lead to the annual holiday issue- inevitable weight gain!!

I would vacillate between eating much of the rich holiday foods, feeling gross and bloated, and then stressing in the area of holiday eating. There’s some holiday stress for you! Isn’t it the most wonderful time of the year? -ha!

The Very Good News about avoiding holiday weight gain!

Well I have some really JOLLY NEWS for you!!!

I have learned the secret (the most effective way) to being able to enjoy some festive foods while avoiding weight gain during the holidays!

And I’m THRILLED to share this secret with you! It takes a load of holiday-weight-gain stress off the shoulders! Holiday parties and holiday feasts? No problem!

Wonderful times ahead! Drumroll please!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

A. THE NUMBER 1 Way to Avoid weight gain during the holidays is…..To have a protein smoothie for one meal A DAY!!

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Are you hearing me on this? This is fabulous news! What could be EASIER than blending or shaking up a nutrient dense protein smoothie for one of your meals each day of the holidays?!

It truly takes so little effort!

The PROS of a daily protein smoothie during the holidays:

  1. You feel AMAZING when you feed your body a huge dose of deliciousness in a protein smoothie!
  2. The protein helps you FEEL FULL and keeps glycemic levels balanced (not true if you just blend up some fruits and yogurt- you’ll be sugar rushing from high blood sugar levels. And then you’ll be starving soon after! Think hunger pangs and feeling bad- we don’t want that)
  3. Protein smoothies are definitely an ENERGY BOOSTING meal. You’re getting lean protein, fruits, and veggies and a big dose of vitamins and minerals.
  4. It’s a pretty low-calorie meal which allows you some caloric space to eat some rich holiday foods at another time in the day!

The CONS of a daily protein smoothie during the holidays:

  1. Ummmm….. hmmmm………there aren’t any!

Haha! Glad we got that figured out!

Now some important points to help this holiday hack work powerfully for you:

***What is meant by “protein smoothie”?

All protein smoothies are not created equal for sure! You need a good quality protein. Research shows that women, especially (due to hormone issues with whey and soy) consume PLANT protein.

Plant protein doesn’t always taste too yum though! However when you purchase a protein powder that has a blend of a few different plant proteins, such as Arbonne’s Protein powder, you hit the TASTE GREAT jackpot!!

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Not only does it taste so delicious, but a blend of 3 plant proteins (cranberry, rice, and pea) in Arbonne’s protein powder gives a complete amino acid profile and is super easily digested.

You want a protein powder that is clean with no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. Those powders are harder to find but worth the effort- artificial colors, sweeteners, and flavors have too many health concerns to even write here! One that has 20 vitamins and minerals like Arbonne’s protein makes it that much more healthy for your body!

So once you have a great protein powder, just blend it up with your favorite frozen fruits (& veggies if you like), a healthy fat like nut butter or avocado, and almond milk (or other milk)! Do this for one meal a day and you are on point at succeeding to avoid weight gain during the holidays!!

(Note: On the checkout page for the protein powder, check out how to get 20% off your order!)

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*Does drinking a shake for ONE meal a day give the green light to eat all the fatty holiday sugary foods with no consequence?*

Haha! No…BUT!! You can eat SOME of the holiday treats! This way, you definitely don’t feel like you are missing out on a fun big meal or dessert here and there!

So no- you can’t go overboard, but wow- you have alot of fun food freedom when you simply drink a protein smoothie for one meal a day during the holidays!!

BONUS TIP: If you have a particularly abundant holiday rich meal(s), you can drink a protein smoothie for 2 of your 3 meals a day to re-set and renew! This is such an easy way to incorporate healthy eating into your day.

 

Replacing one meal a day with a protein smoothie is definitely the MAIN way and best way to avoid weight gain during the holidays!

 

Daily protein shakes are a most powerful trick to add to avoid holiday weight gain!

 

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B. Keep it movin’ to avoid weight gain during the holidays!

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We have only BENEFITS to reap when we exercise. We feel better when we do some physical activity! We actually gain MORE energy! Plus, exercise helps us get adequate sleep.

Even more, we keep our bodies metabolizing the foods we eat at an optimal level when we exercise!

Do I need to say more?

I think not! You know that sedentary activities like sitting in front of the tv are only best in small doses. So just making some simple healthy choices like making sure to get moving consistently is a great plan!

Excerising during the holiday season? You can make it festive and fun!

Try listening to Christmas music WHILE while you take a brisk walk or jog! Have a festive time with it!

Ask family members to join you some times! Then everybody benefits!

You don’t need to have a personal trainer, but if it would help you to get in a regular routine, that can be a great way to exercise consistently over the holidays.

Just remember, any exercise you do makes a BENEFICIAL impact! (One of which is a huge help at avoiding gaining weight during the holidays:-)

 

RELATED: 4 ways to fit in exercise for the busy mom (you can do this!)

 

Read this post on ways to fit in exercise, then simply pick your healthy holiday routine, and you are all set! Exercise and you will certainly be making needed steps to avoid gaining weight during the holidays!

[For more info on how exercise BOOSTS energy, read this article from everydayhealth.com]

 

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C. Detox Tea at night to avoid weight gain during the holidays!

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What makes a tea- a detox tea? A tea that is geared towards aiding your digestive system falls in this category. Arbonne’s detox tea really stands out above the rest in its special blend of herbs. To name the main ones: milk thistle, peppermint, dandelion, sweet fennel, and nettle.

These wonderful herbs help support the liver, kidneys, AND digestive tract. When we eat anything processed, our liver and kidneys have a big job to do in getting rid of the negative stuff. Drinking this tea helps the digestive system to run more efficiently.

Traditional holiday foods can definitely be a load on our liver, kidneys, and digestive tract! Oh boy!

If I ever feel bloated, I drink this at night, and its gone.

Read more about this detox tea and the ingredients HERE.

One tea bag makes a big 16oz cup or 2 8oz cups. I drink it plain or add lemon and a litte honey.

Some people like to drink it first thing in the morning or even with a healthy snack in the middle of the afternoon. Those are great ideas too!

Drinking a detox tea at night after all the holiday goodies of the day is a powerful tip to help avoid unwanted weight gain during the holidays!

(Note: On the checkout page for Arbonne’s detox tea, check out how to get 20% off your order!)

 

RELATED: DELIGHTFUL AND MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

 

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS ON AVOIDING HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN…

It really is SO SIMPLE to avoid unwanted pounds during the holidays! It really comes down to easy healthy living steps in your life.

I bet you didn’t know it could be this DOABLE! Doesn’t it make you want to just stop and sing some Christmas music in a really loud voice? I told you it was JOLLY NEWS!

Here’s to your sweetest holiday season yet!

 

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