5 Tips For Staying Healthy this Holiday Season
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas party? The fun, the friends, and let’s not forget. . . the food! I’m sure most people can agree with me that healthy eating slips from the priority list during the holidays. But what if I told you that you could have your Christmas cake and eat it too? Here are 5 simple tips to help you stay on top of your health goals during the holidays:
1. Plan Ahead
Don’t find yourself caught off-guard by a holiday party menu full of unhealthy options. Be proactive and ask the party host(s) for the menu ahead of time. If you find the menu isn’t health-friendly, you can either ask the host(s) to incorporate some options that fall into your dietary parameters or bring your own healthy dishes. Either way, you’ll have the upper hand.
2. Eat Before You Go
This may seem like a weird suggestion, but it’s quite effective in helping to curb your appetite. Eating a meal/snack shortly before the holiday gathering will make you feel full, and it’s kind of difficult to overeat when you’re already stuffed.
3. Drink Water
One of the easiest ways to boost your metabolism and overall health during the holidays is to stay hydrated. Drinking adequate amounts of water daily promotes digestion because it assists the kidneys and bowels in eliminating toxic waste from our bodies. This means you can flush every trace of that holiday meal out of your body rather than allowing it to sit in your system.
A good rule of thumb when trying to determine how much water you should drink daily is to take your weight and multiply that number by 0.67. For example, if you weigh 115 lbs and you multiply that by 0.67, you would need to drink approximately 77 ounces of water (about 10 cups) per day.
4. Portion Control
Did you know that most people eat two to three times more than the recommended serving size? Why is this significant? Because doubling or tripling the portion size doubles or triples the calorie, sugar, and sodium intake.
I am a huge proponent of the concept, “everything in moderation.” There is no harm in enjoying a few sweets here and there if you don’t overdo it. If the food served during the holiday party come from a package, you can read its appropriate serving size and nutrition facts. If the entrees being served are cooked or baked, you can use your hand measurements as a reference. If you ball your hand into a fist, that typically equates to the appropriate size of a serving you should have.
5. Stick to Your Workout Schedule
It can be very tempting to skip your workouts during the holidays. After all, you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself and time with loved ones. It’ll only be a few missed days right? Keep in mind, it only takes a few days to lose momentum and motivation.
So make the effort to keep working out! You don’t necessarily have to workout the same way or with the same intensity as normal, but do something, even if it’s just a walk around the neighborhood or some light stretches. You’ll burn off those extra holiday meal calories and retain your mindset which will help you stay on track.
Remember ladies, plan ahead and be consistent; you’ll be free to enjoy your favorite holiday treats without the guilt and consequences. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!