Keeping Santa from Bringing You Extra Pounds
December 20, 2012
December 20, 2012
Ahhhh…the holidays. A time of giving, a time of togetherness…and a time to eat! With all of the holiday parties, gatherings, and other festivities, sticking to a healthy lifestyle can be difficult to say the least. If you don’t want to resort to feeling sluggish and wearing pants with elastic waist bands, the good news is that you don’t have to. By adhering to some simple steps listed below, you can have a great time during the holidays without gastronomical regret:
- Moderation: Moderating your food intake is key. You can do this by using smaller plates, using a smaller spoon to dish out portions, eating before hitting the party circuit, or offering healthier fare to yourself and others. You can still enjoy food as long as you practice some portion control and make relatively healthy food selections.
- Indulge: Though this seems like a contradiction, it is important. Remember – everything in moderation – including moderation. The holidays are meant to fun and special, so enjoy them, just not too much.
- Keep a journal: It’s easy to think that you aren’t overeating, or not indulging too much, but are you really? The best way to monitor what you eat is to write it down in a journal. You can determine if you’ve had too much eggnog or not enough greens, and then you can adjust your eating habits accordingly until the next holiday party if needed.
- Hit the pavement: Eating in moderation and seeing in print what you have been eating is good, but there is another side to the equation – exercise. You can burn calories and stay healthy by sticking to your exercise regime, and even inserting an extra walk or some stretching here and there. Anything you do will make a positive impact on both your weight and your well-being.
- Visual reminders: Sometimes we need a little extra push, or a gentle reminder, of what we are trying to accomplish. If keeping your weight within a certain zone is what you’re aiming for, try adding a visual cue or two. For example, find the perfect holiday outfit that fits you right now, and hang it somewhere in plain sight and even try it on occasionally. Thus can help you to stay on track with eating right.
When you’re exposed to fresh breads, moist turkeys, thick and delicious dips, and cream-laden desserts, it’s no wonder that people forget to stay on a healthy diet. But you can do both – enjoy the festive food while maintaining your typical healthy lifestyle. Balance is key, and by following the tips above, you can savor the best of both worlds. Enjoy!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our house to yours!
Todd and Alisha Midgett