Staying Healthy During the Holidays

It’s that time of the year again. Holiday season. Even the candles they have for the holidays smell like food. I have one burning right now called sugar cookie. What are we to do this time of year? Holiday parties, family dinners, dinners with friends, and in the office people bring in treats. Oh, my! Here are some simple tips on my list to keep from bulking up during the winter.

  • Keep up with your workout routine. It’s easy in the winter to slack off and then plan for a New Year’s resolution to get the weight off. We all know it’s more difficult to get the weight off than it is to put it on. So, it’s better to maintain than gain.
  • Drink water before meals. Many times we mistake hunger for thirst. Drinking water not only helps us to figure out if we are hungry or not, but helps with the digestion of food.
  • Grab a smaller plate. It’s been proven that when we grab a large plate, we want to fill it up. By choosing a smaller plate our portions are less likely to be out of control.
  • Eat small meals instead of starving all day before that party or family meal. Don’t go hungry. I have gotten in the habit of eating throughout the day before a family meal. When I am at the family meal, I eat less but don’t make other guest uncomfortable by not eating at all.  We need to eat regularly or our metabolism does not work efficiently.
  • Stash healthy options in your office. My coworkers bring in unhealthy options; cookies, cakes, pies, candy….I keep almonds, fruit, peanut butter, and air popped popcorn.
  • Make your own healthy versions of traditional holiday items. I have a Pinterest account and there are so many recipes on there I don’t have time to make all of them. I have some healthy and unhealthy options. Check it out at My Sculpt It Board contains workouts and healthy recipes.
  • Enjoy yourself (moderation is key). No one wants to count calories on the Holidays. I keep in mind moderation…moderation. It takes 3,500 calories to gain 1 pound. I want you to enjoy the season and stay healthy.
  • Take time to relax. The holidays can be a stressful time for people as well. They are so busy! We can’t be all things to all people or do everything. So, make sure you are taking care of your emotional or mental needs as well. If your family time leads to stress, plan ahead for ways to minimize that stress.

Wishing you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving next week! Hope it is a day filled with joy! Oh, and check with your doctor before starting any workout program. 🙂

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