I don't know about you, but this time of year is the most difficult for me to stay on track and eat healthy. It seems like everywhere I turn there are cookies, cocktails, and 500 calorie holiday coffee drinks. I am looking at you Eggnog Latte. With all the holiday festitivies and food, it is so easy to just give in to temptation and just promise to start in the new year.
The problem is that when I have done that in years past, I am suddenly 5-10 pounds heavier and I end up needing the whole month of January just to get back to where I was. Plus after eating bad food all month, I feel sluggish and its harder to go back to my healthy habits. This year I am committing to not falling into this holiday weight gain trap.
For me that means sticking to a weekly meal plan. Whenever I plan out my meals, shop for them, and prep them at the beginning of the week - I always eat better. Knowing I have the food I need at home makes it so much easier to stay focused and say no to all the tempations of the holidays. However since I always want to be able to indulge in some of the holiday fun, I usually only plan out my dinners for five nights, giving me some space for parties and special meals. Then I focus on good-for-me breakfasts and lunches to keep everything balanced. How do you stay on track during the holidays?
With that in mind, I wanted to share a quick and easy dinner meal plan that you can use to help you stay on track this week. If you keep up this habit all month, you can start the new year feeling healthy, motivated, and maybe even a few pounds lighter.
Dinner 1: Slow Cooker Tomato Balsamic Chicken
Dinner 2: Thai Basil Ground Beef Bowl with Cauliflower Rice
Dinner 3: One Pot Caprese Pasta
Dinner 4: Crispy Almond Crusted Pork
Dinner 5: Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Avocado Slaw
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