The holidays are the hardest times when trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Did you know that many people gain anywhere from 5-15 pound from Halloween through New Years? Between parties, socials, cookie exchanges, and left over candy it is very easy to lose sight of your goals and quickly pack on those unwanted pounds.
But it doesn't have to be that way! Here are a few tips to help you stay on track over the holidays (and not have to set a New Years resolution to lose that extra weight come January).
Arrive half full. Any time you are going to a social event, party, or gathering where there will be unhealthy foods, fill up before you arrive. That will keep you from being overly hungry when you arrive at the party and stuffing your face with the first food you see.
Drink lots of water throughout the day. Many times we confuse hunger with thirst and reach for food instead of downing some water. If you are starting to feel hungry, try drinking water first. If you are still hungry than eat something fibrous like an apple. It will quench your thirst and keep you feel fuller longer. Drinking water will also keep you hydrated through out the day, which is very important to over all health.
If possible, bring a dish you know you will eat. Sometimes it is just impossible to avoid food at social gathering. I mean, we gotta eat right? The trick is to bring a dish to a dish that you know is healthy that way you are guaranteed to have at least one healthy option. It will also help out the host by offering to bring a dish.
Stay away from a lot of alcohol. It's loaded with unnecessary calories and tons of sugar. And lets face it, you may even forget that you were trying to eat healthy to begin with ;)
Workout first thing in the morning. It sets the tone for the day, and will help you feel good so you make good choices later. If mornings are not an option, just get in a workout whenever you can. The worse mentality you can have is giving up on working out through the holidays because you will just start again in the new year. Even if you can only get in 20 minutes, do it! You will thank yourself come January.
Give yourself some grace. If you don't know by now, I am all about balance and giving yourself some grace. Don't be so hard on yourself. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. Its not about being perfect, but about making a little progress each and every day. Enjoy the holidays, but don't go in with an all or nothing attitude.
I hope you will find these tips useful and feel confident enough to make it through the holidays with little guilt. Be mindful of what you are consuming and you will not only look great, but feel even better!
And even if you do "fall off the wagon" through the holidays, I will be hosting a new StrongHer Challenge in January and a 10 day cleanse to restart your body and kick off 2017 in the healthiest way possible. Make sure you subscribe for details to come!