Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Week Simple Meal Planning

Ahhh, the spirit of Christmas is in the air!! Soon we will be celebrating the Birth of Baby Jesus and awaiting the arrival of the jolly fella in his red suit!! My kids are beyond excited that Christmas is almost here! Every morning the first thing we do is look for our elves Elvin and Pippa (Elf on the shelf) and then check their Advent Calendars.  I have to say I am quite impressed that my son has done so well remembering the dates (without looking at the calendar too!) After this we change the date on our Baby Jesus ornament, Santa ornament, and then update the Santa countdown calendar.  If we miss a step I am reminded about it from my little ones.  I am loving Christmas this year! I am living it through the eyes of my Leo and Addyson.  

With that being said though, it is quite a busy season with a ton to do and the same amount of hours in a  day to get it all done.  I have done well staying on track this year with my to do list and that to do list includes my daily exercise and staying on track with healthy eating.  Now we have gone out to eat a few more times BUT I always choose a healthy meal and keep my portion in check.  

How are you doing this holiday season staying on track with your health and fitness?  

I am very fortunate because I run health and fitness groups and I am helping others stay on track and in the process I help myself too. Part of what I share in these groups is how to meal plan and why meal planning is so important to help build healthy eating habits.  See if you plan in advance what you are going to eat you are much more likely to stick to it.  If you leave what you eat up to chance, you are more likely to choose unhealthy options - drive through, not eat, grab something quick from the cafe in your building, vending machine - sound familiar? Well this is what I use to do but not anymore.  

Each week I plan my meals for the upcoming week on Sunday (today!) and then I post a copy in my office and in the kitchen.  This way I always know when and what I should be eating. Tomorrow will be grocery shopping and prepping for the week. Again it is a busy week with Christmas festivities so I am keeping my meal plan super easy this week. I am repeating a lot of meals because they are easy and my kids will eat them (so much easier going throughout the day without a fuss over what we are eating!) 

Here is my plan for the week:

A recipe I tried last week and absolutely love are the Real Breakfast Cookies. Super easy to make, delicious, and portable. Christmas breakfast is still kind of up in the air as far as what all will be served.  My in-laws come to our house Christmas morning and my mother-in-law makes breakfast.  She knows I am a healthy eater so usually her or my husband make me an egg white omelet - YAY!! I plan on offering my assistance as well!! Clean pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs...

The key to meal planning is to plan on eating every 2.5-3 hours and pair a complex carbohydrate with a protein at each meal. I get asked often for examples of these and so here are a few.  This is just a basic list but no matter what you are purchasing I recommend you ALWAYS check the ingredients of what you are buying. 

I have had this list for so long I cannot remember where I got it from but to whoever did create it, thankyou!!
Has helped me a lot!!

You also want to be drinking plenty of water throughout the day so another tip is take your current weight divide it by 2 and the resulting number is the amount of ounces you should drink daily of water.  If you are not use to drinking water often then this might be challenging for you at first but over time you will get better. 

Not everyone agrees with the drinking water before bed, 
some it causes them to get up at night 
and have to use the bathroom. For me, 
I have problems so I continue to do it! 

Notice in my meal plan I also have my workouts scheduled.  I like to know what I am doing when.  I also schedule my rest day and this week I chose to have it on Wednesday, Christmas Day.  This is my last week of the Les Mills Pump program and next is P90x3!! 

Well there you have it, my plan for this week!! If you or someone you know would like help getting started on meal planning or learning how to live a healthier lifestyle please Contact ME and we can set up a time to chat and figure out how best I can help you.  Remember I am a health and fitness coach and I LOVE helping others realize their true potential.  We all have the ability to be healthy, we simply need to make the choices to get us there!

Now is the time to learn how to live a 
and we will do it 

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