DON’T throw in the towel & think that you will ‘get back on track’ in the New Year. It's time to stay in control of your health and stay on track with these healthy holiday habits.
Don't give up on exercise
With all of the holiday activities, plan ahead and make sure you allocate time in your busy schedule for "me" time. Note: Walking from the parking garage to the mall does not count as a workout. However, if that's the only exercise you can manage, at least park far away, and instead of taking the elevator or escalator, take the stairs.
Keep the healthy leftovers
Give the cakes, cookies and other fattening foods away. Simply put, out of sight, out of mind.
Don't leave the house hungry
If you're heading for a party, eat something small before you go so you don't end up grabbing whatever (unhealthy) food is within reach. A cup of nonfat yogurt with a banana, some peanut butter spread on whole-grain crackers or bread or a low-fat cheese stick should do the trick. Or snack on some popcorn, a healthy whole-grain snack that boasts zero trans fat and low calories.
Avoid food temptations at the mall
We're all out shopping this time of year—and eventually we're going to get hungry. That food court is only a step away—quick and convenient. Research it ahead of time; if no healthy options are available, pack your own. (larabar, fruit, nuts)
Don't be too kind to yourself
You may be out running around and think, "I walked all day; I deserve a treat!" But be aware that most of the time, we overestimate the amount of calories we burn. Remember, to lose one pound you must burn 3,500 more calories than you take in as food.
Watch your alcohol intake
It not only contains lots of calories, which can add up fast, but it also lowers your inhibitions, making it easier to eat whatever tempts you without a second thought. Make up your mind ahead of time to limit yourself to two drinks. Alternating them with glasses of water will: a) Slow your alcohol drinking; b) Give you something to hold in your hand and sip; and c) Help you avoid the dreaded next-day hangover.
Organize a walk before or after a festive holiday meal
It'll get you off the couch, get you moving and breathing in some fresh air and help you digest your food. And it's a great way to continue the conversations you may have started inside.
Pack more than just clothing
If you're flying to visit friends or family, pack some snacks. Airport and airplane food is notoriously unhealthy and loaded with salt and fat. Packing healthy snacks will make it easier to fight temptation. Healthy packable snacks include an apple, banana, granola bar, cheese stick, whole-wheat pita stuffed with turkey and a packet of instant oatmeal.
Drink plenty of water
It helps to keep you full and satiated. And many times, people mistake thirst for hunger.
Get enough sleep
Besides helping to keep you healthy (a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who slept at least eight hours per night were nearly three times less likely to catch a cold than those who slept less than seven), sleeping will also help moderate the hunger hormone grehlin, which is associated with short sleep duration.
Feeling weak, anxious and unconnected to my body lead me to start exercising. I joined a dance class once a week and after every dance class I had a glow about me, and it wasn't just from the sweat that I built up in class, it was something more. I realized it was the endorphins that were being produced from the physical activity I was doing. Join me and start moving and feel the difference. Read my blog to get motivation, try the exercises I've posted, contact me for personal training, bootcamps, workout cards or just go for a walk. Any activity is good activity.