Stay Healthy During the Holidays: 10 Proven Strategies

Stay Healthy During the Holidays: 10 Proven Strategies
December 20, 2016

If you tend to gain weight during the holidays, you are not alone.

Studies show that on average we gain 1.5 pounds over the 8-week period just before Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

This might not sound like a lot but the problem is that we don’t usually lose this weight once we’ve gained it. That can add up to 15 pounds in a decade or more!

This doesn’t have to be your reality and it certainly won’t be mine.  Let me share a few proven ideas with you.

I give you Mari’s Personal Top 10 Tips to Stay Trim During the Holidays (or at least to avoid gaining weight).

  1. PLEASE do not try to start a weight loss program during this time. I’ve done this more than once in the past only to fail and resent myself in the end.  This is the time to enjoy, not to count calories.
  2. DO NOT sacrifice your workout routine. Don’t try to convince yourself that because it is the holidays it’s OK not to continue with your movement routine.  Whatever it is you are doing at home or at the gym, keep moving; park your car far from the mall entrance, take the stairs, take a stroll to see the decorations.  Daily movement will keep you focused, energetic, and healthier.
  3. EAT before going to a party or holiday dinner. Avoid arriving famished to a place where unhealthy food will be served.  My favorite hunger-calming foods are a handful of nuts, a small green smoothie (spinach, banana, and almond milk), a small baked sweet potato, veggie broth, or raw veggies with hummus.
  4. DRINK lots of water. You should do this all year round but it’s especially important during the holidays.  The more hydrated you are, the less likely you will confuse thirst for hunger.  Eighty percent of the time, that hunger sensation you feel a few hours after your meals means that you are dehydrated.
  5. WATCH the booze. Celebrations should NOT equal having to have a few beers, more wine than you can remember, or fancy cocktails.  Alcohol is poison to your cells. Even though having one or two drinks per week will not kill you, alcohol lowers your self-control around high fat/sugar/salt foods.
  6. At the buffet, CHOOSE VEGGIES first and eat slowly. Fill your plate with colorful options (which generally include veggies and fruit).  Have your salad or veggies FIRST, chew well, and eat slowly.  Let all of that healthy fiber fill you up.
  7. BRING a dish. Most hosts love when guests come with an extra dish to share.  Make a beautifully healthy appetizer or dessert and indulge.
  8. SCREW deprivation, not on the holidays. Don’t try to be perfect if you are going to resent it later.  Let yourself have a treat or two but do it in moderation.  Savor your treat and walk away.
  9. GIFT health. Ask for and gift health-related gifts.  Organic teas, good quality dark chocolate, aromatherapy or massage oils, fruit baskets, a good book, or even workout gear, if appropriate.
  10. PREP yourself for an amazing 2017. Set your intention for a healthy 2017. My health goals are my gifts to myself and they include completing a half-marathon in March, participating in my own BodyLove detox, and getting my knee strong after my recent accident.

You too can PREP yourself for an amazing start to 2017 by getting on the early bird list for my new BodyLove Detox program.

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