Athlete's Survival Guide to Holiday Eating

Emergency Preparedness Kit

There are times when you may find yourself stuck for hours at holiday parties facing foods that are downright scary (fruitcake comes to mind). 

Instead of eating out of "politeness," excuse yourself to the bathroom and pull out your emergency stash of snacks hidden in your purse or pockets, such as raw nuts, food bars, dark chocolate, and stuff like that.

More: 8 Tips for Healthier Dining


Perhaps this sounds extreme.  But when you have dairy and gluten issues, you learn to be creative and take matters into your own hands.  And after all, parties are about enjoying the people, too.

Keep Moving

Unless you are injured or in major recovery mode, stay active.

You may be bored with your usual training routine. So dust off the skis, snow shoes, and sleds. Or if you live in a warmer climate, drag out your hiking shoes and Frisbee. 

More: 7 Ways to Sneak in a Holiday Workout

Replace eating and drinking activities with physical ones for reconnecting with your friends and family over the holidays.

The 2013 race season is right around the corner. Stay fit while taking some time to play with your pals before training heats up again.

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About the Author

Miriam Zacharias

Miriam Zacharias, PhD., is a triathlon lifestyle expert, sports nutritionist and peak performance coach for anyone looking to up the level of their game. She has been leading wellness programs for health care professionals for over 13 years and is Chief Nutrition Officer at TriathlonExperts.com. Miriam's secret to racing faster can be found in her highly acclaimed guidebook, Fast and Faster: How to Support an Endurance Triathlete, available at www.triathlonexperts.com.

Miriam Zacharias, PhD., is a triathlon lifestyle expert, sports nutritionist and peak performance coach for anyone looking to up the level of their game. She has been leading wellness programs for health care professionals for over 13 years and is Chief Nutrition Officer at TriathlonExperts.com. Miriam's secret to racing faster can be found in her highly acclaimed guidebook, Fast and Faster: How to Support an Endurance Triathlete, available at www.triathlonexperts.com.

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