The holidays can wreck havoc on your body. With all the parties it is easy to over indulge on treats and to many sweets, and workouts can suffer due to shopping and social engagements. The next thing you know is that January comes around and everything is a little snug and you go in to “New Years” resolution mode, signing up for new gym memberships, another trainer and of course some sort of new diet. Why not follow a few simple steps and glide through the holidays like santa this season?
1. Watch The Sugar
Sorry, eggnog and sugary desserts are not your friend. Maybe limit yourself to Christmas day or Eve and only have something really extraordinary. Skip the Costco stuff…splurge on something homemade if you are going to have something- like grandma’s sweet potato pie.
2. Blame it on the Alcohol
If you partake use moderation and balance with lots of water, between the empty calories and the water retention the next day…you really have to be careful. Sip on one or two drinks the entire evening and have sparkling water and cranberry juice with lime in between or just plain water.
3. Workout through the holidays do NOT forfeit your WORKOUTS
It is so easy to skip workout this time of year, you may have guests staying with you, or shopping that interferes with your gym time. Even if you have to modify your plan do something at least 30 minutes daily. You will feel so much better!
4. Think about what you are plopping in your MOUTH
Make wise choices. You can do a lot of damage standing and indiscriminately plopping things into your mouth. Wear something fitted so you will be reminded and balance your selections with some veggies.
5. Chocolates –you know the kind-the ones in the nice gift boxes
Just regift and give them to your nice post-person or the dry cleaner person–do not open. You don’t want to have a few boxes under your “belt” this season.
6. Eat at HOME
Eat something sensible before you go out, you will be full and less likely to over indulge.
7. Make time to JUICE
Juicing and veggie based smoothies are a perfect way to make sure you are giving your body good nutrition to make it through the season.
8. GET YOUR SLEEP ON!
Get your 8 hours every night! This is really important, there are studies that link lack of sleep to weight gain.
9. “YOU” TIME
Make time for a massage or a moment at the spa, use that gift certificate that you have been saving. This is the perfect time to take a break for you.
10. SMILE and BE HAPPY
Smile and have a good attitude, it’s only a few weeks…
Wishing you a fabulous holiday season!