Some Tips to Help you through the Holidays!!!

24 Dec

I want to start first by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you all take the time to enjoy your time with family and friends and remember that it’s okay to indulge once in a while.  NOT EVERY DAY and NOT AT EVERY MEAL but I mean it is Christmas so let loose a little and just remember to get back on track as soon as the holidays are over.  In the meantime, here are some tips to try and help you stay in check during the holidays:

  1. BE REALISTIC – do NOT try to lose weight during the holidays.  Focus on maintaining your weight.
  2. DRINK WATER – drink a glass before each meal and before an alcoholic beverage to keep you hydrated.
  3. DON’T SKIP MEALS –  don’t starve yourself all day in anticipation of the big dinner ahead…you’ll only eat more and make poor choices, not to mention slowing down your metabolism which will contribute to that “I need to take a nap” feeling after your big meal!
  4. PLAN TIME FOR EXERCISE –  Any form of cardio is a REALLY good idea during this time when you will most likely be digesting more calories than usual.
  5. EAT UNTIL YOU ARE SATISFIED, NOT STUFFED – eat small portions and take your time and sit down while eating.
  6. BE CAREFUL WITH ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION – alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce over-eating.

The most important thing to remember over the holidays is to keep everything in moderation.  Just because you’ve gone overboard for Christmas Eve dinner doesn’t mean your entire diet is shot!  It doesn’t give you the excuse to over indulge again at Christmas lunch and then again at Christmas dinner and so forth.  Remember that it’s a lot easier to burn off calories from one meal than it is to burn off an entire week’s worth of bad eating.  What I like to keep in mind is the saying “You Ate It – Negate It”.  Soooo for example, if I ate an extra piece of dessert that I normally don’t have, it just means I need to spend a little extra time at the gym during my next workout.  Nothing to feel guilty about.  This is not a mentality to adapt for your lifestyle because it’s too difficult to keep up over time, but for the holidays, it works!

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season and I look forward to providing you with some more insightful recipes and tips in the upcoming new year!

Until next time,

Have a fit and fabulous holiday season.

Lisa

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