4 Simple Tips for Navigating the Holiday Season
Without Packing on the Pounds
The holidays are an exciting time of year! It is the time of year that we get to pull out our favorite holiday sweaters! OK, maybe not, but it is that wonderful time of year that we get to share a little extra time with our friends and families. More often than not, at the center of these gatherings are large quantities of not so healthy, but "calling my name", delicious foods. Eggnog mmm... ;)
Below are a few tips to keep in mind to help you navigate all of these gatherings without packing on a few extra unwanted pounds this Holiday season:
1) Be prepared. Know ahead of time when your holiday gatherings are and make sure to eat a lite healthy meal/snack and drink a glass of water about 30 minutes before attending. When it comes time to eat, survey the food scene before making your selections. Stick to the lean meat and vegetable based dishes. When it is time for dessert choose one and split it if the portions are too large. This will allow the your focus to be off of the food and more on the people you love.
2) Eat slowly. Take your time when eating. Remember it takes about 20 minutes, before your body will kick in to tell you that it is full. Take a bite and put your fork down (or drink some water) between bites. Physically putting the fork down allows you to mentally check in to see if you are getting full or not. Stop eating when satisfied and not full, there is a difference.
3) Break a sweat everyday. If in town stop by and keep up your workouts at the gym. Even if traveling, plan some time for exercise. Simple body weight exercises are a great way to help keep you active while on the road. Here is a sample workout that can be done anywhere:
Set a timer for 20 minutes and repeat the following exercises for the full 20 minutes, resting as needed:
10 Jumping Jacks
8 Body weight squats
6 Pushups (regular or on your knees)
10 Mountain Climbers
4) Clear out your house. Lastly, make you home a safe haven. Throw out all of the junk food and treats that seem to stock pile this time of year. Remember, if it is in your house it is not a matter of "if" you'll eat it, but "when" you'll eat it. Help your will power out and throw away any foods or sweets that shouldn't be there... yes, even that last half of ice cream you don't have to finish it off.
1) Be prepared.
2) Eat slowly.
3) Break a sweat everyday.
4) Clear out your house.
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For more ideas click here for the American Heart Associations "Holiday Healthy Eating Guide."
Happy Holidays! Stay strong. Foundation strong!