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When it comes to the holidays, do you consider yourself a traveler, party host, chef, or planner? Maybe all of the above? The winter season tends to flood our calendars with multiple events and we're wondering if you're ready to stay on track with your diet with all the crazy fun you'll be having?!

From seasonal eggnog lattes to greasy food on the go, during your travels it can be hard to keep off a few extra pounds. It's certainly difficult to resist all of the temptations surrounding you, but have no fear. DIAKADI has tips and tricks for every personality type so you can maintain your fitness goals and kick start your way into a Happy New Year.

 

the traveler

 

 

Will you be the one traveling from coast to coast this holiday season? Traveling can be such a stressful experience and for many people, this means turning to salty, sugary, high fat snacking to calm down the stress. You might be feeling great in the moment, but two trips later and ten pounds heavier is going to put you on a downward spiral. Prepare yourself this holiday season by bringing your own snacks with you while you travel.

Don't rely on processed, prepackaged protein bars or trail mix as your snacks, when it is just as easy and way healthier to make your own by combining raw nuts with a piece of seasonal organic fruit.

 

BEST TRAVEL SNACKS

  • 6-12 raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc) with a piece of organic, seasonal fresh fruit
  • Homemade trail mix: combine raw nuts with unsweetened, dried organic fruit
  • Local, grass fed beef jerky. In San Francisco, The Fatted Calf butcher has delicious varieties for purchase.
  • Hard boiled pasture raised chicken eggs are also a great, easy travel snack.

 

The Host

 

 

To drink or not to drink? That is the question...

As the holidays roll around, you're the one to throw the annual holiday party. You've prepared all of the hors d'oeuvres and have bought enough varieties of alcohol to cater to everyone's tastes. When the party starts and you're ready to have a drink, you panic because you don't know if drinking is such a good idea for staying on track for your fitness goals. Luckily, there is a simple approach to drinking, sparing us from the social exile of not enjoying drinks during this time of year.

DIAKADI Trainer, Zach Scioli, explains how drinking alcohol can benefit your well-being this holiday season. Drinking alcohol in moderation is not so bad for you. It improves endothelial function, reduces post-prandial blood sugar and lipid peroxidation, promotes socializing, and reduces stress hormones. Studies show that people live longer who have 3-4 drinks a week than those who don't. AND YES, it's a bell curve. 6+ drinks a week is not better. The real trick to drinking healthfully is about quantity, quality and purity.

 

BEST ALCOHOLIC CHOICES FOR YOU + YOUR GUESTS

  • Top shelf highly distilled clear spirit (Vodka , Silver Tequilla, or Gin) in soda water (re-hydrate as you dehydrate) with a splash of citrus juice (lemon, lime, or grapefruit) to blunt any insulin response. It's nearly calorie free, strong and refreshing.
  • Dry White Wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, or Pinot Grigio
  • Dry Sparkling Wines such as Extra Brut, Prosecco or Cava

 

WORST ALCOHOLIC CHOICES FOR YOU + YOUR GUESTS

  • Beer. It's high in calories, carbohydrates, and inflammatory gluten.
  • Dark Spirits
  • Syrupy Cocktails. We remember that night all too well, or should I say, the next morning?

 

The Chef

Are you the one who will be cooking up a storm this holiday season? From appetizers to desserts, family and friends look to you for a spectacular meal. We know how hard it is to try and cook healthfully during the holiday season. Especially with grandma's casserole calling for 4 sticks of butter. However, it you're looking to lighten up this year, check out some of our favorites below to give you some inspiration for trim holiday recipes.

 

THREE INSPIRING RECIPES 

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

This soup will make your taste buds go wild! With 100% fresh ingredients and coconut milk substituting heavy cream, this is sure to be a hit as a starter at your next dinner party.

Aunt Barbara's Beef Loin

Use a high-quality slab of beef loin to make this simple recipe into the perfect holiday entree.

Brian's Dark Chocolate Holiday Bark

Get ready for a delicious holiday bark recipe that lets you mix and match ingredients, allowing you to fit this dessert to your dietary needs.

 

theplanner

Are you the type of person that likes to plan your holiday travel weeks, or even months, in advance? Were you the one who sent out the invitations to your holiday party two months prior to it actually happening? You spend so much time planning where you're going to be; why not dedicate some of that time to planning what you're going to eat so you can stay on track this holiday season?

 

FRESH, WHOLE AND SKINNY MEAL IDEAS

These can be eaten in your home or easily be taken on the go.

BREAKFAST

  • 2 hard boiled pasture raised chicken eggs and a piece of organic fruit with a homemade Green Smoothie. Smoothies are always a better option than pressed juices because you get all the fiber. Not sure which eggs to purchase or worried about eating egg yolks? Get more information using our blog on Pasture Raised Chickens.
  • Organic, plain greek yogurt, a piece of organic fruit, some gluten free granola ('Giddy Up and Go' granola is local to SF and delicious)

LUNCH/DINNER

  • Bring your own salad with some protein (boiled eggs, ground beef, chicken, etc). Bring an avocado to mix with meat and greens for dressing.
  • Pack a simple meat and vegetable meal from your dinner leftovers the night before.
  • Nothing in the house? Save yourself an extra 20 minutes on the way to the airport and run by Whole Foods hot/salad bar to make your own salad to carry with you.

 

In the end, no matter how hard we try, weight gain during the holiday season may be inevitable. Half the time it is more bloating than fat gain. So don't let the holiday blues bring you down! There is always time to come back and shed that holiday weight with proper diet and exercise. The holidays are a time for enjoyment, so don't let a little weight gain and lack of diet get in the way of connecting and celebrating with friends and family.

Happy Holidays!

 

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