Nutrition Nugget: How to Survive the Holidays Hot Bird Style

Written by Caitlin Grams, a certified holistic Nutrition Coach, and the newest member of the Hot Bird Running team. A runner herself, Caitlin's focus is on nutrition for endurance athletes and nutrition for weight loss.  Read more about Caitlin's background and coaching philosphy and check out our new program called New Year, New You that combine nutrition and running to help you reach all of your health goals in 2013.

It's that time of year again, and I feel like everywhere I go the sugar and holiday treats have beat me. Cookies at work. Festive candy in cute little bowls on friend's coffee tables. Invitations for hot cocoa. Peppermint mochas and chex mix. 

You've already got the sweat part down, but I'm sure I'm not the first person to tell you that no matter how many calories you are burning on the pavement, indulging in every sweet opportunity this holiday season can add up quickly and send your daily calorie intake sky high. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your eats clean this month:

*Keep sugar out of the kitchen. That's right - if it's not there, you won't eat it. Make sure you are sticking to healthy, filling meals and snacks and home - this will give you wiggle room to have a treat when you are out celebrating the holidays.

*Before you head to a holiday party, have a snack or small meal that is full of protein and fiber so you won't be at the mercy of whatever treats await you. My favorites are a small kale salad, an apple and almond butter or a small serving of almonds or cashews. 

*Drink water all day long. Bring a bottle with you and refill it often. Make a goal to drink 8-10 glasses a day and check them off as you go. We often mistake thirst for hunger, so staying hydrated will ensure you eat when you are truly hungry. 

*When you do choose to indulge, make it truly indulgent. Don't waste time on a piece of candy you can have any time of the year. Decide what is really worth it to you  - maybe it's a special holiday drink or a homemade cookie - and savor it. Choose one treat, take your time eating it and stop when you are done. 

Happy Holidays!!