3 Tips to Keep YOU on Track During the Holidays!

The majority of Americans will gain anywhere between 7 to 10 pounds between now and Christmas.  Seeing as I can gain about 3 pounds at a Mexican restaurant, this doesn’t seem too far fetched!  But, as we all know, gaining and loosing the weight are two separate stories.  I want YOU to finish this year strong and begin 2017 already achieving your health and fitness goals.

Here are a few tips to keep you on track this holiday season:

Tip One
Do a party lap first thing.
When you arrive to a party, make a lap around the room before you accept a single drink or piece of food.  Get a lay of the land and pick out 3 things you are going to eat.  Grab just a little bit of these foods and sit down at a table to enjoy them.

Tip Two
Keep your hands busy!
Designate yourself the photographer for the party and go snap happy with your phone.
Keep a clutch in one arm and a beverage in the other.  Tip for the beverages…for every alcoholic drink, have a glass of water in between.
When your hands are full it’s really hard to make that extra plate or grab the appetizer you will mindlessly eat.

Tip Three
If you’re going to an event, like Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas lunch, where you can anticipate what foods will be there, decide  upfront what you will have.  If your MeMaw’s pecan pie is something you crave all year, let yourself have it.
One of the main things I look forward to each Thanksgiving, is broccoli, rice and cheese casserole.  It’s sooooo good!  And I allow myself to eat it, then I’m done.  There’s not craving it for 2 weeks and telling myself how I deprived myself of it.  I eat it upfront and let that craving die.
Get it in your head what you’re going to eat and what you aren’t.  If you know you’re going to eat pie, tell yourself that you won’t eat the brownies.  Give yourself control before you step in the room.

Bonus Tip
A bonus tip to help you get through the holidays is to invest in your health NOW!  Even if you don’t workout every single day between now and January 1st or even if you fall off the wagon of clean eating a day or two between now and then, you are already making progress!  Imagine how much more ahead of the game you will be if you give yourself a solid month heads start?!
I have online accountability groups RIGHT NOW to help you with this.  I can also help you pick a program that works best with your goals and your struggles.  In the meantime, follow these tips and allow yourself to accept the gift of health.

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Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

This is a fall and winter favorite in our house!  And I love it because it will feed us for at least 2 meals or make great lunches for the rest of the week.  Low maintenance,  baby!

My mother in law made this for the first time at a family reunion and I feel in love with it.  I think it’s the pico.  😉  Either way, it’s a great recipe to keep on hand.

Ingredients:img_5356-1
Pork loin (duh) about 2 ½ – 3 pounds, fat trimmed
8 oz pico de gallo
1 tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp sea salt
1 c water
1 onion, quartered
8 red potatoes, halved
Small bag of carrots

Directions:
Season pork loin with sea salt and black pepper
Pour cup of water in the bottom of the crockpot
Place pork loin in the crockpot and cover with remaining ingredients
Cook on low for 8 – 9 hours

Save leftovers for stuffed baked potatoes/salad

Shopping List:
-Pork Loin
-Pico de Gallo
-Garlic Powder
-Dried Thyme
-Black Pepper
-Sea Salt
-Onion
-8 Red Potatoes
-Small Bag of Carrots
-Salad

 

Sautéed Brussel Sprouts

This is a recipe I get asked about a TON!brussel-sprouts

Brussel spouts get a bad name, but they are delicious!  Just make sure to add bacon.  😉

But seriously, the first time I tried a single sprout was a year ago and it was because I was at my mother-in-law’s and couldn’t say no.  I went all 4 year old on her and grabbed half a sprout, to smell, lick then taste.  I was blown away at how good they were!!  How could people say they were awful?  Maybe these are sprout lovers who don’t want the rest of the world to know.  Either way, I’m tearing the cap off it.  Brussel sprouts (with bacon) are DELICIOUS!  Give them a try.

Ingredients:
3-4 pieces of bacon (regular or turkey) cooked and crumbled, fat removed
1 bag of Brussel sprouts, end cut off and sprouts cut in half or chopped (totally up to you how knife happy you get)
1 Tbsp of bacon fat or olive oil

Directions:
Warm the fat or olive oil in a skillet
Add the cut sprouts into the skillet and sauté on medium heat
Stir occasionally, but let the sprouts brown
After the sprouts are brown on at least one side, add the bacon and warm through.

Serve!

Optional:  Some people like to add a little salt, some like a little sautéed red onion and some like to add balsamic vinegar.  I like mine just like how the recipe is, but feel free to make them your own!

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