Tomorrow may be the first family holiday you've encountered with flexible dieting. Holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family, and the food that brings us together. It shouldn't be filled with stress around what to eat.
If you're comfortable packing your meals and bringing your own food to family functions, have at it! If your family is anything like mine, you'll never hear the end of it. For people who aren't about the personal Tupperware meal life, here's a few tips to help successfully navigate your first Easter with macros.
KEEP THE WATER INTAKE UP
You'll most likely consume more sodium than usual during holiday meals. From the appetizers, sides, and the common holiday ham, salt is everywhere. Don't fret, keep the water intake up throughout the day to lessen the water retention.
GET A WORKOUT IN
If you can't make it to the gym during holiday hours, try this at-home workout courtesy of our friend Mitch, from Iron Knowledge Gainz.
10 minute AMRAP
40 Air Squats
20 Walking Lunge Steps ( 10 Right Leg, 10 Left Leg)
CONTROL THE MEALS YOU CAN
If you're in control of breakfast and lunch and eating dinner at someone's house, be sure to load the meals you control with protein and veggies. Remember, most of the foods we celebrate with are heavier in the fat and carbs.
CREATE BALANCED PLATES
Make sure you create a plate with protein, tons of veggies and smaller portions of carbs.
TRACK WHEN YOU CAN
A few of the foods you eat may be easily found in my fitness pal. Even if it's not exact logging 3 oz of baked ham will most likely be similar to the ham you're eating.
ENJOY YOUR FAVORITES
If your Aunt makes the most amazing pineapple stuffing once a year, have a reasonable serving and tell her how delicious it is.
I didn't mention anything about Easter candy because... CANDY. If you indulge track it, but be careful, the sugar rush is real and we don't want to be mindlessly eating jelly beans, even if they are Starburst jelly beans.