Monday, November 24, 2014

10 Ways to Survive the Holiday Season

If your holiday season is anything like mine (and I can almost guarantee it is) it can be a challenge to stay on track for the last month of the year.

Potlucks. Dinners. Parties. Baking. Sweet Potato Casserole. Candied Yams. Pumpkin Pie. Pecan Pie. Champagne. Specialty Cocktails. Travel.  House guests.

The list is endless, and the temptations are plenty.  

Use a few of the hints below to help you stay on track this holiday season.

Share your sweets.

Did you get a special delivery from the goody man? Can’t imagine the holidays without baking?

Put 4 or 5 pieces in an airtight container on the counter, freeze half of what’s left and give away the other half. Split your piece of pie with a friend. 

Focus on your food.

Sit down while you eat or use a plate. Don’t grab while standing at a get together or while wrapping your gifts.  

When you are mindful of what you are eating you can keep track and enjoy!

Focus on the texture and the smell – most people often find they don’t, or don’t have to, eat as much when they take time to enjoy what they are eating.

Don’t cut back the week (or days) before so you can splurge.

Many people restrict themselves in the week leading up to a holiday or event, reasoning that this will give them permission to “splurge”.   And then they go overboard and binge.

Don’t deprive yourself in the days leading up to a party, but instead focus on eating healthy.

Eat a small nutrition bar or shake about 45 – 60 minutes before the party.

This will help keep you from overeating by taking the edge off of your appetite.

Alternate each glass of alcohol with a glass of water or club soda with lime. 

It will help shave calories and sugar and might just help you save a little face at the company party.  Remember Dan from last year...what ever happened to him anyways?!
Wear comfortable yet form fitting clothes.

The snug fit will keep you from eating too much. Remember Joey’s “Turkey eating pants” on Friends?  That's what you don't want to wear.

Buy a fabulous new holiday outfit, one that you know makes you look good; solid colors and clean lines are the most flattering – for men and women.

Move your workout time to morning or lunch.

This will give you less time to get caught up in holiday errands and blow off your workout. NO excuses!
Have you heard the saying "Workout in the morning - before your body can figure out what you're doing".  Well, it's kinda good advice, especially during holiday season.

Get your routine down NOW.

That ways it’s about habit, not forcing yourself to workout.  Thanksgiving might be only days away, but if you start new on Monday you have a full 3 weeks to create a new habit.

Start a new family tradition.

Some families play football in the backyard, some go one an early morning hike, some enjoy a bike ride, some run or walk the local Turkey Trot.

Why not start your own annual tradition and get some fresh air and some activity before the football games and eating begin?

Don’t use travel as an excuse.
Long drive ahead? Staying with the in-laws out in the country, with no gym in sight? Pack your tennis shoes and go for a walk.

Take a 10 minute walk on rest stops, get up early and explore a place you’ve never been to or have been missing back home.

Remember, being active doesn’t mean going to the gym, being active means finding a way – no matter where you are.

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