The holiday season is in full swing already with parties, events, and family gatherings seemingly every day. Sometimes, trying to make healthy choices during this season only adds to the stress. However, if we make small choices each day to be more prepared, we can have a healthy holiday season. How many of these tips will you incorporate into your schedule during December to make this a healthy month?
Ten Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season
- Be Realistic~ This is probably not the best month for losing a lot of weight. Focus on maintaining healthy habits and making small healthy changes.
- Plan Time to Exercise~ Write it on your schedule. Set an alarm on your phone. Plan a date with a friend to meet at the gym. How ever you choose, make time to exercise; even a few minutes each day will help to lower stress and ward off unwanted holiday pounds.
- Don’t Skip Meas~ It’s tempting to skip a meal if you have a big party or dinner later in the day. But, skipping meals only leads to overeating later in the day. Eat small meals and snacks during the day so you’re not famished when dinner time rolls around.
- Survey the Buffet before Filling Your Plate~ Pick your holiday favorites or once a year treats (pumpkin pie, anyone?) and skip the foods that aren’t your favorite. Also, be sure to hit the veggie tray to fill your plate before adding the other treats.
- Stop when You’re Full~ Enjoy! Choose small portions, eat slowly, and stop when you’re full.
- Be Beverage Wise~ Alcohol lowers inhibitions and leads to excess snacking. And many non-alcoholic drinks are loaded with sugar. So, drink lots of water and remember, it’s a good idea to have one glass of water for each alcoholic drink.
- Plan Non-Food Activities~ Plan activities and gatherings that don’t revolve around the kitchen table. Make crafts, take the family to look at lights, do something artistic. Taking the focus off food will lower the chances of grazing too much.
- Bring a Healthy Dish to Holiday Parties~ That way you know there will be something healthy that you like to eat available.
We wish you a healthy and happy holiday season! Keep in mind these tips and relax, have fun, and have a great December.