2016 Holiday Survival Plan

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ok you guys the holiday season is upon us, a time that is known for indulging in all kinds of high sugar, high calorie foods. This is also the time of year that most people end up packing on the pounds.
Did you know that the average American gains 7-10 pounds during the holiday season?
I don't know about you, but I've worked way too hard to let myself go during the next month.

So here's what I'm going to do:

1. Make weekly meal plans

2. Continue working out 5-6 days a week

3. Follow the 80/20 rule

4. Drink my daily superfoods

5. Pick and choose when + what to indulge in

6. Look to my challenge group for motivation + accountability!

In a nutshell, I'm going to continue doing what I normally do! It might take a bit more focus, determination and motivation but I know that I have all the tools I need to stay healthy during this holiday season. 

Meal Planning // I use Sundays as a way to gear up for my week, and that includes making a plan for all of my meals. I use a spreadsheet to keep myself organized, and every Sunday I sit down and make my game plan. I used to think this was unnecessary but I've learned over time that it is crucial for having a successful week. If I don't make a plan than I'm planning to fail!

Workouts // I can honestly say this is the first time in my ENTIRE life that I've been able to stick with an exercise program. Going to the gym, or any type of exercise that requires me to leave the house for that matter, is just not realistic for me. I was constantly setting myself up for failure with gym memberships or grand plans of going for a jog. What IS realistic for my lifestyle is working out in my own living room. Once I started programs like the 21 day fix I realized that I CAN commit to a workout program, it just needed to be something that fit into my life. As a mom of two littles working out at home is the only way for me. 

The 80/20 rule // I talk about the 80/20 rule a lot on my social media, but that's because I truly do live by it. I can't deprive myself of my favorite things and I won't do it. Life is too short. BUT I do try and make healthy choices (like clean eating and working out) 80% of the time so that when I do want a special treat or want to indulge in something I can. This allows me to live life but also stay healthy!

Daily superfood shake // Ok, I have to admit I wasn't sure about Shakeology at first. Once I tried it though and saw the positive impact it had on my health, I was hooked. I really can't say enough awesome stuff about this product, it is NOT just a protein shake. I drink my Shakeology every single day and it not only makes me feel fantastic, but it also helps curb those sugar cravings because it is so yummy. One shake has the equivalent of six salads, you can't beat that! My go to recipe is 1 scoop of cafe latte Shako, crushed ice, 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 cup of spinach and some cinnamon. Yum! If you are interested in giving Shakeology a try shoot me an email {nicolecravinho@gmail.com} and we can talk more! Here's another fun seasonal recipe below:

Pick + Choose // This sort of goes along with my 80/20 rule. Look, we can't have everything. Choose what is your absolute favorite and indulge in that instead of indulging in everything. Wine and dessert are my favorite, so on Thanksgiving I'm not going to go to town with everything on the table. Instead of a heaping plate of mashed potatoes, stuffing and a roll I'm going to save my indulging for some wine and pie.

Challenge group // I cannot say enough amazing things about challenge groups! Even though I am a coach and I run these groups, I also participate in them. They help keep me motivated and focused, and the nightly accountability check-in's are great for keeping me on track. My next challenge group starts on Monday Nov. 28th but I still have a couple of spots available! It will be a short challenge, only 3 weeks long and will end before Christmas. If you are interested in joining us please fill out this form and I will contact you within 24 hours!
You can also click here to learn more about it!

The holidays are my favorite time of year, but I am determined to make this my healthiest holiday season ever and I hope you'll join me!



  1. I believe it about the average weight gain! This time of the year is really the only time I eat cookies and pie.