Holidays should be a relaxing time to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. However, for some they involve packing on a few extra pounds or feeling sluggish and full of stress. Because the holidays should ideally be stress-free, I am going to share a few tips to help you stay on track and worry less this season.
Don’t Skip Meals
Contrary to popular belief, skipping meals before having a large one is NOT a clever idea. This will actually cause you to consume more when you finally decide to eat, and as a result you will feel worse mentally and physically throughout the rest of your day. Instead start your day with a healthy breakfast that will keep you satisfied, so you aren’t starving by the time your Thanksgiving meal is served. I also highly recom
mend having a small healthy snack if you notice yourself becoming hungry throughout the day.
- Some great options for breakfast: oatmeal, toast, high fiber cereal, eggs.
- Don’t be afraid to bring your own dish to the gathering. Maybe a vegetable tray with hummus?
During Your Thanksgiving Meal
- Try to eat your food in smaller bites, placing your fork down after every bite. Sometimes it takes a while for our brains toregister that we are full. This will keep you from becoming overstuffed as well as let you savor every bite of your food.
- Drink lots of water. This will also help keep you from eating well over what your body needs.
- Share your dessert with a friend or family member. Everything in moderation. This allows you to have a delicious treat without eating the entire proportion.
Exercise is usually put off during this time of year, and that’s why it is a great idea to try and keep moving (yes, even during the holidays!). You could choose something as simple as taking a walk with family members or playing with the kids. It doesn’t matter what physical activity you choose as long as it involves moving around and getting up from the couch.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Enjoy time with family, and do the best you can. Don’t waste time dwelling on that one piece of pie. Just make sure to get back on your routine as soon as possible, and don’t let that one dessert turn into an excuse to have 20. Remember that it is okay to treat yourself now and then as long as you follow the saying I mentioned earlier… Everything in moderation.
Miss Nashville 2018
AAAI Certified Personal Trainer
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