Be Well This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again, when goodies begin showing up everywhere we look; the staff room at work, festive coffees, holiday parties, and gifts of decadent nature start arriving.  It’s easy to indulge bit by bit, and with the added disruption from our wellness routine celebrating with loved ones, suddenly the fear of facing the January scale is staring us in the face once again.

So what is one to do? Avoidance isn’t always feasible, we all want to get a little bit festive this time of year.  Try some of these tips and tricks to minimize the damage and make the transition back to your usual routine that much easier.

1. Choose a Smaller Plate. We will tend to fill our plate at least 3/4 full, no matter what the size. Choosing a smaller plate right at the beginning will help to reduce the number of unintended calories from unintentionally landing on our bodies.  If you’re hosting, offer smaller plates to your guests.

2. Make Time to Move. It might not be at your Y, it might not be at home, but find the time and space to get a workout in on a regular basis.  As your routine changes for these few weeks, keeping your level of conditioning in a maintenance pattern can make a huge difference.  Don’t park yourself in a comfy seat, be social and keep moving.  Dance, dance, dance at your holiday parties!

3. Live The One-Bite Rule. When grazing on assorted goodies, decide if it’s worth it. If it’s not, don’t just eat it because you took it!  As a wise friend once said to me, it’s either going in the waste or on the waist.  Choose wisely, and don’t be afraid to discard.

4. Go Green. Whether its at the holiday party buffet or an assortment of snacks at a friend or family members, load up at least half of your plate with salads, fruits, and veggies.  This may just keep you away from those decadent treats.  As a holiday party host, try to offer more healthy options as part of your spread!  Try serving items that you don’t necessarily care for yourself, it will help you stay away from some not-so-healthy offerings.

5. Try To Keep the Holiday “Cheer” to a Minimum. Alcohol actually has a significantly high number of calories; 7cal/gram to be exact.  To put that into context, both Carbohydrates and Protein offer 4cal/gram, and Fat is 9cal/gram.  Be aware, and please drink responsibly – for so many reasons.
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6. Relax. One of the nicest parts of the holidays is that we usually have a little bit more opportunity to catch up on sleep.  This is actually quite important to our stress reduction and overall wellness.  Go to bed early, sleep in, and Enjoy!

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!