The holiday season is all about giving, receiving, and of course, food. Everyone enjoys rich, delicious meals that seem to be omnipresent during this time of year. Incorporating certain foods into your feast can lead to nutritional benefits that last long after your New Year’s resolution. Here are 25 tips to help you successfully navigate the holiday season!
- Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of water all day long; aim for half your body weight in ounces.
- Be a food snob. Choose to eat what you only REALLY enjoy!
- Follow the 3-bite rule. If there is a holiday food or treat you just can’t resist then take a bite enjoy it and savor it. Take two more (really enjoy them) then toss it.
- Avoid office “gifts” and save the treats and special foods for the weekend.
- Make your workout efficient and effective. If you only have 20 – 30 minutes to get something done, then make it effective by doing intervals and changing up the intensity.
- If the food around the office is too tempting to resist and you have authority to do so, donate food gifts to nonprofit organizations.
- Another office tip, place the gift basket in a very inconvenient place to get to.
- Think about your holiday budget the same as you would your wallet. Where do you really want to spend and enjoy your calories?
- Avoid skipping meals. This will only set you up for disaster!
- Increase intake of fruit and vegetable intake. Aim to get a serving with every meal and snack.
- Eat something small every three to four hours.
- Skip the sugary alcoholic beverages.
- Serve yourself off a mini sized plate.
- Avoid going to a holiday party or meal starving, eat something before you go.
- Keep a food journal.
- Avoid sitting or socializing near buffet tables, candy dishes, and cookie platters.
- Excuse yourself from the table when you are finished eating.
- Be polite and avoid talking with a mouth full, but keep your mouth busy by talking with friends and family instead of chowing down!
- Keep gum and sugarless breath mints on hand to help prevent mindless nibbling.
- Enjoy club soda or sparking water before / instead of a cocktail to limit alcohol consumption.
- Avoid fancy coffee drinks.
- Holiday season can be stressful so plan out activities in advance to deal with your stress.
- Keep hot tea packets readily available and visible at home and in the office.
- Prepare lunches and snacks in advance and bring to office with you.
- Consider scheduling a walking or jogging date with an old friend instead of meeting for lunch.
I pray that this message helps you on your wellness journey. For more inspirational and healthy eating messages, and to learn about Weight Loss Transformation, my faith-based Weight Loss Transformation program, check out the rest of my website.