Surviving the Holiday Madness!

This is one of my favorite times of the year.

The lights, smells, the Christmas tree, family, my kids on Christmas morning, giving gifts, delicious food, and yes… THE TREATS!

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I must admit that I do let myself indulge a bit over the few weeks surrounding Christmas, but I do try to keep it under control!

Which leads me to my question for you. How well do you do over the holidays to control your eating and drinking?

If you simply enjoy a few treats and drinks “responsibly” without gaining more than a pound or two, then you’ve done a pretty good job. On the other hand, if you end up on Jan 2, 2015 with more than 5 pounds added to your belly, then you definitely went a bit overboard, and here’s why:

  1. Your digestion has changed. Have you noticed you haven’t been pooping as well as normal since your increase in sugar and alcohol? Now it will take extra effort on your part to get back on track and back to eating organic meats, veggies and fruits.
  2. Your energy levels have dropped. Feel sort of a “permanent” hang over type-of- feeling? You know, slow, lethargic. The ‘ol, “I wanna take a nap,” type of feeling? That, my friend, is your sugar regulatory system in crash mode! Not to mention, your body’s filtration system, the liver, is probably all taxed out as well.
  3. Training. Most likely, you’ve slacked a bit on your training, OR you’ve left the holidays for a “last-couple-weeks-of-the-year-blowout,” and are starting your training in January. Either way, it’s going to take a few weeks to get back to normal.

Ok, that type of reality can be a bit depressing, so let me provide you with some solutions to help:

  1. Drink 1/2 your bodyweight in ounces of water each day
  2. Before Christmas parties- come up with a plan and stick to it. I suggest drinking 8 ounces of water before the party to decrease your urge to pound down the hors d’oeuvres.
  3. Also- if you plan on drinking alcohol, be sure not to drink it on an empty stomach. Have some protein or fat to squash the rush of liquid carbs sailing down your throat.
  4. Give yourself a “treat limit” or a “drink limit” and stick to it.
  5. IF YOU DRINK, GET A DESIGNATED DRIVER OR CALL A CAB and plan for either. BE SAFE!
  6. Stick to your training regimen, no matter what!

Lastly, have fun!

Hopefully some of these ideas can help you sail though the holidays without much trouble and leaves you ready to start training hard to get ready for the 2015 riding and racing season!

Merry Christmas from us here at Enduro MTB Training!

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