6 Tips for the Holiday Season

As we enter the last week of December, many of us tend to endure an abundance of eating and a lack of exercise. While the holidays are a time of celebration, it is not a time to put on extra weight, causing us to work harder in January to work it off.  So, what can you do now to start your New Year’s Resolutions to be fit and healthy?

Tip #1: Portion control.

Pay attention to how much you are eating. Don’t load up your plate, don’t overeat, and don’t go back for seconds. Eat enough to make you full and satisfied without overdoing it. But if you are really hungry, load up on veggies. Eat more greens and less mac & cheese.

Tip #2: Don’t Completely Deprive Yourself.

Look, we all love holiday baked goods and boozy Holiday parties. Have a cookie or a piece of cake. If you completely deprive yourself, it will just make you want it more. Then out of nowhere, you’ve eaten a whole plate of cookies. Remember, portion control is key. Eat just 1 cookie, not 5. Eat just 1 slice of cake, not 2. Get the idea?  

Tip #3: Hydrate!

Drink plenty of water. You should be drinking eight, 8-oz glasses of water each day. Suprisingly, if you drink enough water, you may feel less hungry and less likely to overindulge. A great tip is to fill up a 64-oz water jug in the morning and finish it off by the end of the day.

Tip #4: Watch your alcohol intake.

A glass of wine or a cocktail is perfectly fine. As a matter of fact, drink a glass of eggnog! Just remember that these drinks can be loaded with calories, hence the need for portion control, and they can lower your inhibitions, increasing your likelihood of overindulging. So, 1 and done is a good way to keep this under control.

Tip #5: Prepare a healthy alternative to your favorite dish.

Use the internet to help you find recipes that are delicious and healthy. There are plenty of alternative options out there, right at your fingertips. From cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls, to mac & cheese – there are healthier recipes out there just for you to try!

Tip #6: Get Moving!  

Don’t skip out on physical activity! It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of cardio at least 3 times per week and the holiday season is no exception. Try taking a brisk walk after lunch or dinner and take your family and children with you. An easy tip is to find the best neighborhood with Christmas lights and walk around the neighborhood together, enjoy the lights, and get your cardio in at the same time.