There is SOOOOOOOOO much information out there about holiday weight gain.
It’s ridiculous isn’t it?
Or maybe it’s not?
Around this time of year, I find myself feeling conflicted. I don’t want to be deprived of treats and delicious holiday foods, but I also don’t want to feel bad about myself throughout the holidays because my clothes feel tight.
Both choices have the tendency to leave me feeling distracted from what is most important- spending time with family and cherishing the special moments.
When the holidays come around, I am usually traveling. So I’m out of my normal routine and I am rarely the one preparing the meals.
This year, I really want to enjoy the holidays and find a balance that works for me.
So here is my "10 Ways to Feel Good through the Holidays" checklist
10. Always pack running/workout gear even if you’re packing light. Fitting in some exercise will make a world of difference.
9. Focus on healthy goals that are easy to achieve even if you’re not in control of the food served. Can I still aim to drink 8-10 glasses of water? Sure! Water is always available
8. Try and get 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily (fruit tarts kind of count)
7. At big dinners/meals, have what you want, but stick to 1 plate. It’s just a dinner, afterall.
6. When eating dessert, don’t eat anything standing up. Put all cookies, chocolates, etc. on a plate and sit and enjoy with coffee or tea.
5. Don’t drink too much booze.
4. Only eat stuff you like. Just because it’s out doesn’t mean you have to eat it. I always find myself eating things like cashews because they are out. I don’t even like cashews.
3. Remember that 2 not-so healthy weeks isn’t the end of the world. And having control over food is not going to make you a better person, or more deserving of love, affection, or anything else.
2. Be nice to yourself. Look around and you’ll see that 95% of people are indulging around this time of year. You don’t need to be a healthy eating robot all the time.
1. Clear up space in your mind to focus on family and friends. Enjoy conversation, or just observing. Being around those you love is the most important thing.
Wishing you all the best this holiday season!!