Getting through the Eid holidays

Eid is just around the corner and it’s a time for celebration and spending time with family and loved ones. As in every other holiday, this usually involves eating a lot more (of the not so good food) and ending up with a few extra kilos on the scale at the end of the week. Here are some tips to keep on track this week so that you don’t start from scratch again next Sunday.
  1. It’s not just about the food. Don’t make food the center of your attention, focus, or obsession. Instead focus on what the celebration truly is about, spending time with your loved ones, caring for others, showing and expressing gratitude, and being mindful of your actions.
  2. Relax. Most of you get to have a couple days off from work to relax… so relax! Enjoy the time away from the busy workdays and take this time to do things you usually don’t find time for: reading, cooking, exercising more, fixing things around the house.
  3. When you eat, don’t forget about the veggies. Veggies are a great way to create a lot more volume in a dish to make you feel like you’re eating a lot more than you actually are. They’re full of water, fiber, nutrients galore, and taste amazing when prepared in a way you love; make sure to eat them instead of rushing on the high-carbs or sweet dishes.
  4. Strike a balance – clean eating, working out and indulging. Coming up with a plan of action can help you balance eating well with indulging. A great way to strike a balance is to write out a schedule ahead of time: map out the events you want to indulge in and create a meal plan to keep you on track and give you guidance between the events. And with the meal plan, plan out your workouts. Plan out workouts that you know you can fit in your schedule (and with the days off from work you should have plenty of time for it). If you are travelling and know you won’t make it to the gym, give yourself some hotel/outdoor options. Remember failing to plan is planning to fail!
Eid Mubarak to everyone and see you in the gym!   By: Amanda Dutko, Performance Coach