There’s nothing like the holidays. Halloween kicks off the holiday season but before we get a chance to store away costumes, Christmas decorations are already going up. It seems the world is in fast forward from October to January. During these festive months some worry about putting on the weight they’ve worked so hard to keep off all year. Don’t stress! Here are some tips to keep in mind as you navigate through the enticing food spreads this holiday season.
1. Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Studies have repeatedly shown that losing sleep equals gaining weight.
2. Drink LOTS of water. Dehydration can boost cravings into high gear.
3. Don’t starve yourself before a get-together or event. This will cause you to overindulge later. It’s better for your health and waistline to eat small, healthy meals throughout the day before attending any festivity.
4. Feast ONLY on your favorite food items when confronted with a variety of choices. There is no good reason to taste everything, especially from October to January.
5. Dress up in well-fitted clothing when going to a celebration. Loose and baggy will only help pave the way for excessive eating.
6. Limit the alcohol. This is the easiest way to cut A LOT of the unnecessary calories you’ll consume.
7. Chew slowly and avoid standing or sitting too close to the food.
8. Fill your plate and your stomach with MORE greens and proteins, and LESS gravy and breads.
9. When it comes to desserts, it’s okay NOT to clean your plate. Take a few bites and leave the rest.
10. Incorporate physical activities during your time with family and friends (flag football, jogging, hiking, dancing, etc.). It’s also important to maintain a regular workout regimen in between all the merriment.
Wishing you all a healthy and happy holiday season!