The holiday season is filled with cakes and pies and feasts and drinks. The classic comfort foods and treats associated with happy childhood memories are at every corner. To say it is difficult to stay on track with your diet and exercise this time of year is an understatement. Here are some easy tips to keep you from overindulging this holiday season.
Lots of Water
Be sure to drink plenty of water before your holiday feast. This will help give the feeling of fullness as well as aid in the digestion of your meal to come.
* If you are indulging in any holiday libations, be sure you are consuming plenty of H2O as well and to finish the night off with a big glass of water.
Shake It Up
Drinking a healthy protein shake before heading out for your holiday dinner will help keep you from overindulging on the snacks and bread before dinner is served.
Load your plate up with a big salad, plenty of lean protein and lots of veggies. Avoid sugary foods, like cranberry sauce, marshmallows on top of your sweet potatoes and the like.
Stick To Your Routine
The holidays are often a time of overindulgence. We are more likely to overeat or to eat foods we would normally pass on. With that said, it is important to stick to your usual exercise routine. Just because our food choices may be less than par at the moment, doesn’t mean our exercise choices should follow suit.
Live… A Little
It’s okay to allow yourself a little treat here and there during the holidays. Nothing says comfort like Gramma’s pumpkin pie or Aunt Betty’s famous strudel. The key is to enjoy your food, but not to overdo it. Have a thin slice of pie, not half the pie. Have a taste or two of the marshmallow sweet potatoes, not a plate-full. Everything in moderation!
2 Drink Max
Yeah, yeah. Debbie Downer over here. 1-2 drinks is enough to enjoy yourself without going overboard. The more drinks we have, the less willpower we have.
Stress is proven to cause weight gain. Don’t let the holiday stress get the best of you. Make time to unwind, relax and take care of yourself. Here are some great tips to combat stress during the holidays.