The holidays are inherently tough times to stick to healthy-eating routines, and it is not uncommon to put on a few pounds during this festive time of year. Rather than dwell on calories and unhealthy foods coming into the home, try to put the focus on ways to work it off. Enjoy the season’s bounty, but have a game plan in place to address unwanted pounds later.
Eat what you want to this holiday, and work it off with the following suggestions:
Make-over your munchies. Don’t deprive yourself this season; give your family’s favorite dishes a healthy-twist. If you make the effort to reduce the fat and bulk up the dietary fiber in your traditional recipes, you will still be able to enjoy it with your loved ones. Don’t set yourself up to fail by serving foods that you, yourself, don’t feel comfortable eating.
Keep it in moderation. There is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy each and every thing that you love over the holidays- in moderation. Sample the goodies and treats, but try not to over-indulge. If you have a lot of treats brought in to your home over the holidays, try to pay-it-forward by sending little plates of these goodies home with your visitors and guests. This spreads spirit around, while getting temptations out of your home.
Create a healthy habit. Create a new and healthy tradition in your household this holiday. Spend the afternoon doing something physical like a walk, hike, or even a swim, before the big dinner. Get outside to build a snowman, go sledding, or ice-skate before your holiday festivities. Take a moonlit walk on Christmas eve before retiring with a cup of cocoa. These healthy habits will offset any splurges, so you may find that you don’t have to worry about putting on weight.
Stay on track. Probably the best thing that you can do for yourself during the busy, hectic holidays is to stick to your regimen and routine. Try to maintain your schedule, whether that pertains to working out, getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of water. Take your vitamins and don’t neglect the gym, if that is what you normally do. This will also help you stay motivated and energized throughout the rigors of holiday celebrations, plans, and activities.
Don’t sweat it. Don’t beat yourself up over a pound or two. The more you dwell on it, the more likely you are to relapse and overindulge. Plan on gaining a pound or two, stick to your routine, and don’t let it ruin your holiday.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, and gaining a couple pounds is nothing to derail your routine over. Instead, put on your running shoes and get outside or transform your favorite dish into a lower-fat version of its former self. Make health a priority all year-round and treat the holidays as a splurge; enjoy time with your family above focusing on what’s on the table.