With Holiday Season here it’s time for the traditional holiday parties, foods and festivities. However, before all the yule tide and joy overtakes your life, it’s also time to start taking some conscious lifestyle precautions so your belly doesn’t start shaking like a bowl full of jelly.
Tipss To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
In the middle of planning parties and delicious dishes, I also need to plan to do more so I don’t completely derail.
Often, for me, the holidays have been more about making choices to help maintain my weight. Personally, I like to be realistic about life and life at Thanksgiving and Christmas includes a bit of dessert.
Therefore, I don’t plan to lose much throughout the season, but I also don’t intend to gain either. So, here are six things I’ll be doing to avoid packing on the extra pounds while having a holly jolly Christmas.
Take part in a run streak
A run streak is when you plan to run at least one mile every day. I have done this in the past and it really helps to start my day off right. When I’m running I’m always more conscious about the food I put in my mouth because I’m aware of how far I’ll have to go to burn that off. So this really serves two purposes for me. It gets me active daily in a meaningful way and makes me more aware.
If you don’t think you have time for this, I promise after a few days you start to make time. Make sure your spouse is there to motivate you and encourage you or you are doing this with a group of friends so you can encourage each other. You don’t need to do it together, in person though. Usually I’m inspired by friends over Facebook and we motivate each other just by sharing our mileage on there.
If you’re not into running, do a Whatever Streak – yoga, bike riding, walking, Pilates, kick boxing, etc. Make it something that fits into your life and it will be easier to stick to. Just make sure you either do one mile each day or whatever the equivalence to that would be for some of the other exercises.
Be active with your family
Since children will be off for Thanksgiving break and the holidays, get outside with your kids. Go ice skating, sledding, skiing, take a walk together to see Christmas lights, etc. You can do some of these things with young kids and even those kids home from college. The point is to just get out and be active together so that in the evening, when you sit down to watch that holiday movie you don’t feel as bad about the bowl of popcorn you might be sharing.
Eat before you go
I used to never eat before a big holiday party. I always knew there would be plenty of food there that I would want to eat and would put it off. Bad idea. Once I arrived I would be starving and totally gorge myself on all the yummy food because I was so hungry.
Instead, I’ve found that eating before I go someplace helps to keep me from going crazy. I believe it will help you too. You don’t have to eat a full meal before you leave the house but have a healthy snack that’s filling and you won’t feel like you need to fill up an empty belly.
Drink your water
Basically, don’t ever stop drinking your water. I know water might not be the drink of choice during holiday season but you should still be striving to get in plenty of ounces. The weather outside may be frightful but your water will keep your body delightful.
If you have a hard time drinking a lot of water try to flavor it in some way. I’m a fan of plain water but I find I drink it faster when it’s flavored.
Make the smarter choice
When we have a holiday dinner at my grandma’s house there are usually multiple options for your side dishes. I love that my family celebrates this way and it there is always something on the table that everyone will like. I also love that it allows for a lot of choices. When you can make the choice between side dishes, desserts or appetizers, go with the option that will be better for you. For instance, pick the green beans and almonds versus the sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top. Or, take the marshmallows off the sweet potatoes and eat them (as long as they aren’t throughout the dish or loaded with brown sugar too).
Have a taste only, but don’t taste test
Because temptation can be so great during the holidays I believe its fine to give into it a little as long as you have self-control. Have a half a slice of pie instead of a whole piece, have a small serving of marshmallow fluff (This is tiny marshmallows, pistachio pudding, pineapple and some other things all mixed together. A holiday staple at our house.) or one Christmas cookie.
However, don’t have a little of this and a little of that. This goes for appetizers and dessert. Taste testing can very quickly lead to eating too much because you don’t really keep track of everything that you’re eating.
Do you think these suggestions will work for you? Tell me below what you plan to try to keep from packing on the holiday pounds.
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