MamaLA: Keep Your MomBod For The Holidays

With the right tips and tricks, it’s not impossible to stay healthy while indulging in the family-friendly food treats of the season

Yasmine’s youngest turned one last week. Throughout her pregnancy and since her doctor gave her the okay post delivery, she has worked out with trainer extraordinaire Robin DeMarco. In a town full of fitness experts, what makes Robin so great? She trains in your own home and gets results while being super supportive, so when you have had a horrible night’s sleep (again), you’ll find in Robin a friend ready to motivate you while listening to your tired mama woes.  

She also has a very healthy and reasonable approach to fitness.  She encourages moms to take care of themselves so that they can be healthy and have the energy to chase their little ones.

Soraya has also been maintaining a steady workout regimen, so as the holiday invitations have started coming in, we asked Robin if she could share some ideas on how busy mamas can enjoy this festive season while staying on a healthy track.

 In true Robin form, she outlined some very straightforward and easy-to-follow tips:

Two weeks before slipping into that fabulous cocktail dress…

  • Drink lots of green tea. In addition to so many incredible health benefits, green tea burns calories, reduces fat, and helps curb hunger.
  • Replace all other drinks with ice water (sports drinks, coffee drinks, etc. usually have hidden calories). Drink iced water because the body burns more energy to raise the water to body temperature.
  • Add lemon to anything you eat or drink. Lemons are a natural diuretic and even help fight fatigue.
  • Cut out carbs, except veggies. We all know this as a quick fix, but the science behind the advice tells us that when we do this, the body is forced to use fat as its fuel source. For these two weeks, cut all bread, cereals, pasta, rice, etc.
  • Do cardio intervals. Try going for bursts of intensive cardio for a minute, then less intensive cardio for a minute, then repeat (aiming for 30 minutes total).  This will activate your fast twitch muscles, which will fire up your metabolism.  Translation: you burn more calories and fat working out this way. 

On the day of a party…

  • Don’t head out starving. Eat some lean protein and fiber so you won’t be famished and end up consuming everything in sight. Greek yogurt with a few berries or almonds and chicken breast with hummus and veggies are good options.

At the big event…

  • Pick and choose where you will splurge.
  • Drink sparkling or soda water with lime (the bubbles will actually fill you up).  Add a little gin or vodka and a splash of juice for a lower calorie cocktail option.  Martinis and Champagne are fun alternatives to overloaded mixed drinks, too.  And if you are the host, Robin swears by the delicious Skinnygirl recipe below.

Skinnygirl White Cherry Sparkling Punch

1 Part Skinnygirl White Cherry Vodka
1 Part Prosecco
4 Parts Cranberry Juice
1 Lemon, Sliced

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl with ice.  Use a ladle to serve the punch in a martini glass.

Now is a wonderful time to enjoy family and indulge in all things yummy.  That’s why we’re gearing up for another delicious Thanksgiving dinner at Soraya’s home, but as turkey day approaches, we’ve already started to incorporate Robin’s tips. The more balance we strike, the more we actually enjoy our holiday treats. That’s pretty sweet.


With seven children ranging in age from one to seventeen years between them, sisters and bloggers Yasmine Delawari Johnson and Soraya Delawari Dancsecs are experts at parenting in L.A. They take a break from PTA board meetings, cooking, and producing films to blog at CityThink each Thursday.