Here we are again…the most wonderful time of the year, and the most delicious season!
I feel like I could gain weight or feel bloated just thinking about the holidays. Fortunately, after years of navigating the holidays without going crazy while on a diet or throwing all caution to the wind. You can still maintain, and maybe even make some progress while enjoying the holidays.
Here’s 5 things to keep in mind when eating, drinking, and being merry!
A 10 minute workout is better than no workout.
December is the month where group fitness classes and gyms are sparsely populated, and it’s no wonder! With family visits, travel, and parties, those time that would normally open in your schedule are now booked, so it’s time to bloom where you’re planted for the time being.
Look up no or minimal equipment workouts that you can do at home. Your body and energy levels will thank you for it!
This advice could keep you from getting sick and missing out on other parties. We tend to drink hot coffee, hot tea, you name it this time of year, and those drinks can dehydrate, not to mention for those that enjoy a glass of wine or two.
Get at least 6-8, 8 ounce glasses of water each day. Try drinking water with your meal instead of a soft drink.
You can even invest in an infusion pitcher to make your water more festive.
Stick to the One-Plate Rule.
Don’t go back for seconds, if you can help it. Add a wide variety of foods to your plate to satisfy your palate, and reach for the salad bowl first!
If there’s a fresh veggie tray available, all the better! If you do load up on anything, let it be lean protein and greens.
Try making healthier versions of your favorite holiday dishes.
There are delicious and healthy ways to make green bean casserole, stuffing, and opt for roast turkey instead of fried.
Cut back on the sodium, and add more savory spices like rosemary and oregano to your favorite foods. There are some really great recipes out there.
Stand up or move around for 30 minutes after your meal.
This will keep your metabolism going, so you don’t hang on to all of those calories. Play games in the yard or in the living room that involve standing and moving around.
Who knows you might create a few family traditions this way!
So this year for the holidays, focus on what you can do, and not on what you don’t have.
It can be easy to latch onto the all or nothing mentality, but just by making a few smaller adjustments, you can set yourself up to have happy and healthy holidays this year!
Which of these habits do you plan to incorporate this holiday season?
Guest post by Julie Auler
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