It’s that time of year again.  The holidays are coming up and that means lots of food.  Thanksgiving is one day we tend to overeat.  Then there are holiday parties in December leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  This is the season that people love to make goodies like cookies, desserts and candy.  Desserts and baked goods are everywhere.  Many people gain weight during this season.  It’s hard to avoid.

It’s also a busy time of year, so you are more likely to eat unhealthy meals like fast food, frozen dinners, and prepackaged meals.  Eating healthy takes planning and commitment.

The first thing you should do is plan what you are going to eat for each meal.  The more you plan ahead, the more likely you will eat healthy meals.  Prepare fresh fruits and vegetables ahead of time, so you have them on hand to pack in your lunch, eat with meals or as a snack.

Make a list of healthy meals including fruits and vegetables and plan which days you will eat them.  You can even make meals ahead of time, so they are quick and easy to make.  You’ll be less likely to fall back on those unhealthy options.

I recently read about a six week weight loss challenge by personal fitness trainer, Dustin Maher that sparked my interest.  Most of the things in the challenge look fairly easy, but there were a few things that would be a challenge for me.  I haven’t been eating very well lately and I think if I try this challenge it will get me back on track.  Below are the steps of the challenge:

  1. Drink up to a gallon of water every day, to flush out toxins.
  2. Drink as few calories as possible.
  3. Eliminate dairy for 10 days.
  4. Eliminate gluten for up to 21 days.
  5. Don’t eat after 7 pm.
  6. Eat low glycemic fruits.
  7. Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
  8. Practice at least 10 minutes of prayer, meditation, or deep breathing daily.
  9. Exercise 6 days per week for at least 30 minutes.
  10.  Make 2 of your workouts high intensity
  11.  Do not eat any food that contains the word “enriched” on the label.
  12.  Do not consume anything made with fake sugars.

He recommends eliminating the dairy and gluten because many people have sensitivity to those.  Those 2 will be the most difficult for me.  I drink milk every morning for breakfast.  I crave it like some people need coffee in the morning.  I never realized how many things contain gluten.  Well, this is a good time of year to try to eat healthier.  Just in time for the holidays.  You can view Dustin Maher’s website at http://dustinmaherfitness.com/.