5 Tips To Keep The Peace With Food Over The Holidays

Holiday season is here!!

Many of us think of the holidays as a time to indulge, a time to find comfort with food, and a time to eat whatever we want.

Here are 5 tips to keep the peace with your food over the next 6 weeks.

1- Drink water! That’s right. Just water. Remember to stay hydrated. Have water when you wake up. Have water between the alcoholic beverages you want to enjoy. Have water throughout the day.

2- Fill your plate with protein and veggies! If you fill your plate with protein and veggies, you’ll feel better after the meal by filling up on these options!

3- Eat slowly and until you’re 80% full. Enjoy your food. Chew it. Stop eating when you’re feeling 80% full. If you still feel hungry after 30 minutes, have a little more.

4- Don’t restrict yourself! The second we tell ourselves “no,” we don’t set ourselves up for success. Have a little portion of each food you like; enough to satisfy yourself. There will always be more food. You will not starve. If you have just enough of a food to taste it and enjoy it without overindulging, you’ll feel better throughout the day and the days following.

5- My favorite tip of all time… ENJOY THE COMPANY! Holidays are about spending time with those we love. Enjoy the company surrounding you. Holidays are not about the food. If you remember to soak up the company, make memories, and focus on those around you in the moment, you’ll love the holidays even more!

5 tips to keep the peace with food over the holidays

There are 6 weeks left in 2023 with 3 major holidays (5 if you include Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve). That’s 42 days. If you eat 3 meals a day, that’s 126 meals. You will not ruin progress with 3 holiday meals, or even 5. Be conscious of what you’re consuming and remember that only you can be responsible for reaching your goals!

We’re here to help keep you accountable. If you’re looking to kickstart your health and fitness before January 1st, we’re here to help!

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Alex Kain

Owner / Head Coach / Personal Trainer

Alex has always been a very athletic and active person. Playing just about every sport under the sun, however he spent more time being involved in Hockey, Gymnastics, Diving and Cheerleading (the latter 3 being very similar in nature). Not only did he grow up being very active he had a very nutritiously conscientious mother who wouldn’t allow him many different kinds of foods. So he grew up with a good basis on nutrition and eating healthy. As he grew older he continued to dial in on the nutrition while working out religiously. He would often pair gymnastics type movements with traditional barbell movements when working out. Therefore when he found functional fitness back in 2010 he fell in love with it and never looked back.

Alex went on to grad school where he got a masters degree in Exercise Physiology and won back to back National Championships in cheerleading. Upon graduating he began working at Froedtert hospital in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and coaching cheerleading locally. He really enjoyed helping people improve their health but wanted to help people before they were requiring surgery and he also knew that a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise could prevent many of the issues he was treating people for. In 2008 he was offered a coaching position in New Zealand. He moved there and spent the next 6 years in New Zealand and Australia coaching New Zealand to 2 gold and 1 silver medal in the World Cheerleading Championships and Australia to 1 Silver medal. 

In 2014 he moved back to the states and that’s when he opened A1 Health and Fitness. His biggest joys are helping people reach their goals and lead healthy lives through diet and exercise. Whether it’s coaching someone to a PR lift or helping someone shed unwanted pounds or start eliminating poor food from their diet, Alex loves it all. His real passion is nutrition and helping people get off their medication, but he can work with all ages. He enjoys traveling the world, spending time with his dog Charlie and his amazing girlfriend Jen as well as family and friends. 


  • USAW L2
  • CrossFit L2
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • WAG certified nutrition coach
  • CrossFit Kids
  • M.S. Exercise Physiology