The Holiday Season is not exactly conducive to wellness. Rich meals, less time to exercise, sleep and relax….it can all add up to unwanted stress and unwanted pounds. So here are my tips for maintaining your sanity, waistline and overall wellness during the holidays:
2. Have a game plan for Thanksgiving day, deciding ahead of time what foods and beverages are must-haves and which ones you can pass on to save calories. For example, decide whether to have alcohol or dessert – not both. Skip the rolls and butter in favor of stuffing or mashed potatoes.
3. Don’t arrive ravenous to holiday parties or meals. Have a small snack prior – ideally one containing complex carbohydrates, lean protein and a little healthy fat.
5. Wear close-fitting clothes to holiday meals and parties – no elastic waists. It will help you be more aware of how much you’re eating.
6. Add flavor without calories with spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, rosemary, etc. Not only will they jazz up your dishes, all are healthful in themselves as well. Cinnamon, for example, helps control blood sugar. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory.
7. Exercise vigorously the morning of Thanksgiving or a holiday party. You’ll not only rev up your metabolism, you’ll more likely store any extra calories you consume as glycogen in your muscles rather than as fat.
While the holidays are a festive, potentially wonderful time of year, they can also be frenetic and stressful. Don’t add to your stress by expecting perfection from yourself. If you give into some small indulgences, you’re more likely to avoid a big splurge. That said, don’t use the holidays as an excuse to stop taking care of yourself.