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Holiday Hustle Pillar: Nourish + Avoiding the FESTIVE 15!


We love a reason to celebrate. In fact, we usually make up a reason, even if it’s 4pm on a Tuesday with no holiday in sight.  You get the point.  So with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve all happening within a 2 block radius of each other, some serious holiday spirit is happening in the house of BBP.

Between the office parties, Thanksgiving dinners, and cookie platters set out for Santa, it’s easy to lose sight of your health and fitness goals.  We want you to have a fun and enjoyable holiday season (seriously, TREAT YO’ SELF) but we also want you to avoid the post-Thanksgiving food comas and pass on the cheesecake martinis (is that seriously a thing?!) if possible.

We’re on week #3 of the #BBPHolidayHustle and today we’re focusing on Nourishing our bodies.  Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you BBP’s top tips for avoiding…


  • Eat before you go. It seems logical to skip on breakfast and lunch in anticipation of the Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Dough-Covered-Smores-Cupcakes you’re planning on eating at your upcoming holiday fiesta, right?  Saving your calories until nighttime will have you drinking on an empty stomach and lead to binge eating.  Avoid scarfing down by making smart choices leading up to your event.
  • Be the MVP of party guests. Don’t let other people’s party platters ruin your waistline.  To guarantee you’ll have healthy options to snack on, bring your own dish that you know fits in with your fitness goals.  Crudite, hummus, guacamole, shrimp, grilled chicken kabobs and homemade baked sweet potato fries are just some quick healthy options you can whip up to ensure you don’t overdo it on the cheese plate.
  • Skip on Sipping the Sugar. The Signature Candy Cane Martini your Aunt Nancy whipped up for your everyone at the Christmas party may look inviting, but it’s probably completely unnecessary to drink.  Stay away from dark liquors, fruit juice or cream filled cocktails. Stick to lighter liquors, a couple glasses of champagne a spritzer, or a nice glass of red wine.  Remember to sip on water throughout the night to avoid the dreaded holiday hangover and don’t over do it  Check out our VLOG for more tips on Sipping Your Cocktail Smarter here.
  • Do You See What I See?  Check out your plate.  Is it filled with protein-packed foods like turkey, chicken, and shrimp? Are there bright, vibrant greens and vegetables? Or is it being weighed down by mashed potatoes, cheese, and holiday stuffing.  Pack your plate with protein and veggies first, then treat yourself with some holiday extras.  Also, have a zero tolerance policy for second helpings.  Fill your plate once and be done with it.
  • Slow down and savor. The party, that is!  Holiday parties aren’t just about the food.  This is the time to sit back, have a drink and relax with friends and family.  The more knowledgeable you are about making good choices ahead of time, the less likely you are to panic when it comes to fill up your plate.  Enjoy the company of the people you love and stop freaking out about food.
  • Set a holiday fitness challenge for yourself… or join us!  Set a challenge for yourself to keep your fitness goals in check and announce it on your social media.  Sign up for your local Turkey Trot or Holiday 5k. Once you commit to something and put it out there for the world to see, you’ll feel accountable and be more likely to stick to your plan. Or workout with us!  Get your FREE Full Body Beatdown every week or sign up for our amazing online fitness membership and workout with us every day!

What are your tips to stay fit and have a fun holiday season?  We want to know.  Share your ideas with us in the comments below or tag us with your healthy holiday ideas on Instagram @bravebodyproject using the hashtag #BBPHolidayHustle.

Have a fun, fit and fabulous holiday #brave family!


Amber + Lindsey

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