It may sound like a tall order to try healthy eating during the holidays. There are so many decadent treats and calorific drinks around. Wouldn’t it be torture to be around all that food and not indulge?
Well in fact following just a few simple guidelines during this time can bring you big benefits without you feeling like you missed out. It’s not about total avoidance, just a few small tweaks to keep you on track…
Practicing your good habits means you don’t have to start from scratch on January 1st.
Here are some tips to help you enjoy some holiday cheer without guilty in the new year.
Tips for Healthy Eating During the Holidays
Don’t Panic, Just Pay Attention
Don’t believe the hype that the average person gains 10 pounds during the holidays. You may gain a few pounds, but it’s unlikely to be 10. Soothe any panic you have about all the holiday parties coming up by giving yourself game plan. Tell yourself it’s okay to indulge once (maybe twice) during a party, then relax and enjoy.
Stressing and worrying can actually trigger you to eat more!
Do A Daily Check-In for Healthy Eating During the Holidays
Maybe weigh yourself once a day or try on a pair of skinny jeans just to keep yourself in check. This suggestion isn’t meant to encourage obsessive behaviour. Use it as a reminder to keep up the good habits of healthy eating during the holidays and all year.
Take A Break From The Gym For Some Holiday-themed Activity
If going to the gym feels like torture or all the holiday parties are keeping you away, it’s ok. Be kind to yourself and give yourself a break. Instead, go for a walk or a run in the park and look at the holiday decorations. Dance to your favourite holiday tunes as you clean for the relatives coming over. Consider the heavy grocery bags of party food strength training for your core and arms.
Make Your Mantra Be “Maybe Later”
When someone offers you a tasty treat, instead of saying “No, thanks” say “Ooo, maybe later” with some enthusiasm. It’s a kinder way of declining the offer. You can continue with your mingling and you, and the host, might forget about it together.
Delay isn’t denial. If you are really craving that chocolate cake, think about how good you look in your dress tonight and tell yourself you will treat yourself to a slice tomorrow. Healthy eating during the holidays is about compromise.
Sleep Keeps Your Slim
Some studies show that sleeping less leads to weight gain. Why? The longer you are awake, the more you want to eat. If you start a regular habit of staying up late, you body releases hormones to tell you to eat.
Sleep has more benefits than just keeping your weight in check. It helps your brain to be sharper too. Plus, you don’t want to be awake when Santa arrives, right?
Healthy eating during the holidays is possible. Keep practicing those good habits and think of the holiday treats as little gifts to yourself.