Surviving the Holidays
Surviving the Holidays
The holiday season is upon us and we all know this time of year makes the idea of eating clean and working out seem a bit crazy. With the numerous family gatherings and work parties, endless supplies baked goods, and the food mountains we make on our plates, a healthy lifestyle can be difficult to maintain. This year, don’t let the holidays get the best of you, your self esteem, or your waistline! Here are a few helpful tips to help keep your sanity and wellbeing in check and save you from the guilty feelings that we so often feel come January 1st
- Plan ahead. If you know you’re going to be surrounded by temptation, try to have a healthy, smaller portioned meal beforehand. This way you won’t lose control when you get to the buffet table and stockpile your plate like it’s the last meal you will ever have! So many of us will actually skip meals with the intention of splurging for our family feasts, but this is counterproductive. You’re not only slowing your metabolism, but your body will start to think your starving yourself and will store more as fat.
- Take note and be realistic. Although the idea of keeping a food diary during one of the most relaxing times of the year seems to be a buzz kill, keeping tabs on what, when, and how much you’re consuming makes you more accountable and aware of your actions. Come up with some personal and realistic goals for yourself, like limiting the amount of dinner rolls to one instead of five. It can also help to make deals with yourself, such as: “for every alcoholic beverage I consume, I will exercise for fifteen minutes.”
- Get moving. Just because it’s the holidays does not mean it’s time to leave a permanent body imprint in your couch. Whether its participating in winter sports like hockey or skiing, or going for walks down Candy Can Lane, there are tons of winter activities that will not only help curb weight gain, but are also a fun and healthy way to spend time with family and friends.
- Sip and Savor. Before you go completely crazy at the dinner table and eat as many desserts as you can, slow down and savor your meal. We have all heard it before: “take 30 bites before you swallow,” but there is actually reasoning behind this. Often times we get so carried away with how tasty everything is that we try to eat as much as we can before we even realize we’re full, resulting in a full-on food coma! Take the time to enjoy what you’re consuming and slow down! It can even save you from eating or drinking more than you need to and feeling guilty about it after later.
- H20 is the way to go! For a lot of us, our consumption of caloric beverages can go up during the holidays (rum eggnog, anybody?). Tis the season to enjoy Christmas cheer, but we often forget about the most important liquid of all… water! Not only does water keep you feeling fuller longer, but also helps eliminate toxins and waste out of the body.
The holidays are supposed to be a fun, relaxing time, but we shouldn’t let that get the best of us. Hopefully these tips will keep you on track during the winter break!