The holidays are really special but they can challenge our eating and exercise schedules. Challenging, but not impossible to stay on track by using these tips:
- Mindful eating- Slow down and savor the flavor of the holiday food. When you eat slowly and mindfully, you will more likely eat to satisfied instead of over-stuffed. It takes 20 minutes for your body to tell you that you are full, so take 20 minutes to eat your first helping and then assess if you are satisfied or need more. You might be surprised that you are satisfied with less.
- Eat your veggies first – Vegetables are water-dense, calorie-sparse and full of nutrients. Fill your plate with veggies, eat them slowly and see how you feel. Add things like nuts, whole grains and healthy proteins second. Who knows, you might not have an appetite for the cookies.
- Exercise first – The holidays are about connecting with loved ones and exercising together is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Start the day with a run with your kids or a virtual yoga class with your mom. Take a walk with the whole family and enjoy the conversations. Make it a tradition to make movement a priority.
- Drink you water – Choose to drink water over anything else. Get in ½ your body weight in ounces of water, even on the holidays. Cold or hot teas are a good option too. If you feel hungry outside of you normal eating times, drink 2 cups of water first and see if you are actually thirsty, not hungry.
- Progress vs. perfection - Something is better than nothing! Get away from an all or nothing mindset. If you can only do a 10 minute workout, it’s better than nothing. If you eat 10 cookies, then eat well the rest of the day. Can you stay on track just a little better this year than last?
Be mindful, choose wisely and keep moving! If you need help becoming the healthiest version of yourself, join like-minded people at the Y!