There are certain unavoidable affects that the winter holidays have on most of us. This treasured time of year is a time for warmth, reconnecting with family, love, and tradition. Along with the wonderful memories we treasure from this time of year, if we are not careful, most of us are met with empty pocket books, a new heaping pile of bills and an extra 10 to 20 pounds of weight after the twinkle in the stars have faded and all the decorations have been taken down in January. Don’t despair. There are a few things we can do to minimize the damage we will encounter after the holidays season has ended.
Tips to avoid the extra weight gain during the holiday season
1.Golden Rule, Eat a healthy breakfast every day. Aside from the many values to eating a healthy breakfast, during the inescapable holiday season, by living this simple rule you will be less likely to grab a sweet treat at the office in place of breakfast and you will not be as hungry throughout the day.
2. Snack on protein and healthy food like fruits and nuts throughout the day so you are less likely to be reeled in by the aroma of the holiday baked goods. Make a schedule to eat a healthy snack before you are hungry so you will have more self control during the day.
3. Give yourself a sweet treat allowance within reason and try to stay within a healthy range.
4. At meal times eat vegetables and meats/ fish first and save the starches and grains for last. This will cut down on the excess carbohydrate intake and you will become fuller and stay satisfied with this meal time trick.
5. Pre-plan your dinners at least a week in advance to avoid last minute fast food trips. Everyone is sure to be extra busy juggling their holiday parties, gift shopping, along with normal daily activities. It is very easy to be too busy or too tired to prepare a healthy meal for dinner. Be sure to have healthy fast food on hand for last minute meals. Making a list a pre-planning or pre-cooking ahead of time saves time, money and inches off your waist.
6. Always keep a non-perishable snack pack in your car those holiday shopping trips that inevitably get extended. You will be less likely to pull through the drive-thru if you have a little snack to get you through until meal time.
7. Add an extra 10 minutes of walking on to your daily schedule. This extra addition to your daily routine, will give you more stress relief as well as the extra calories burnt and movement your body needs.
8. If you receive sweet treats during the holidays as gifts, consider a plan to re-gift or have a list of those you know would appreciate the treat and is not looking to stave off the pounds. This way you are not wasting the gift.
9. Enlist a buddy in your plan to stay healthy this season. Having someone to be accountable to will help keep you on track. This is one proven way to stay on the right track.
10. If you over-indulge and eat too much at that holiday party, remember, tomorrow is a new day. There are no perfect people and the key to success here is to get back on track when you fall off. Don’t let guilt push you off the right track. Stay positive and keep negative thoughts away. You will enjoy the season that much more.