How To Stay Healthy This Holiday Season
Are you planning healthy this holiday? Every holiday season is filled with our favorite foods. And lot’s of them. Especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. How many of us say we will not overeat and then stuff ourselves till we need to loosen our pants? Then come January we start our diets. And start the yearly yo-yo dieting trend. It’s ok, most of us do this.
This year though, how about trying something different?
So instead of the yo-yo dieting, let’s focus on healthy habits that we try to keep all year long. Healthy eating, including portion control and fewer sweets. Staying moving, by keeping up with our fitness goals too. All we have to add is the cheer and goodwill toward others.
The biggest part of our overeating has to do with our eyes. we see this delicious food and want it all. But instead of going into it with that mindset, let’s go in with control in mind. There will probably be many holiday parties to go to this year. Let’s not overdo it! Why not go in with the plan to eat only what we are actually hungry for?
- Try sticking to a smaller plate.
The bigger the plate, the more food will fit on it.
- Eat Slowly
Eating slowly will allow your body to better digest all you consume. It also helps you to feel satisfied. Take the time to enjoy your food fully this year.
2. Keep Moving
Exercising during the holiday season might seem like it is out of the question. What with the shopping that has to be done and not to mention the cooking. Yes, all these things take time. But if you keep up with your physical activities, you will feel better and have more energy to complete everything with patience and peace.
- At the office or at home
Try some chair exercises for the office. Check out the chair exercises at sparkpeople.com. Or maybe you could walk around the block during lunch. At home, there is more room. Pop in a video or go for a run. You could also do sets of exercises during cooking.
- Stop by the gym
Going to the gym shouldn’t be difficult. It’s ok to cut your workout in half if you must. Get a good sweat and some heavy breathing going. Your heart will thank you.
3. Visit As Few Parties As Possible
I’m not saying to cut out family get-togethers. Some of us need those to feel like a family. But let’s be real. Do we really need to go to every party we are invited to? It’s nice to visit with friends and family. Maybe they would be willing to visit with you outside of the party.
- Some ways to say “NO”.
“I’m trying to save my physique”.
“That’s way too much food for one month”.
“I’m trying to not overdo it this year”.
- Have a party for all of your friends at one time.
If you invite all of your friends and office friends to the same party then you only have to attend one party(outside of family events). The one your throwing! That way you get to see all your friends and no one feels left out or ignored.
These are a few ideas.