Hello, hello and happy December!
If you’re like me, you enjoy the excitement that comes with the holidays but are well aware that it wreaks havoc your mental and physical health.
An elf shared these tips with me so please feel free to use them to help mitigate some of damage.
Include fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and full of vital nutrients so it’s important to include them in all meals and snacks. If you are cooking, include plenty of fruit and veggie options. If you are attending a holiday celebration hosted by someone else, consider bringing a fruit or vegetable appetizer, side dish, or dessert. If you do this, you’ll know you’ll have something healthy to eat to balance out other offerings and other guests will appreciate it too.
Don’t skip meals
Just like you should do the rest of the year, eat 4-5 times a day. Don’t skip meals thinking you’ll save room for the holiday goodies…you’ll be hungry and more likely to overeat later. You’ll likely eat more total calories than you would if you had eaten throughout the day.
Stick to your normal routines
As much as possible, keep to your normal routines! Eat your usual meals and snacks at your usual times so you won’t overindulge. Sticking to your exercise and sleep routines will help too!
Practice portion control
Portion control is important for all of your meals and snacks all the time, but around the holidays it’s especially important to remember to stick to the right portions of the right foods so that you don’t end up eating more than you intend to. Eating a balanced diet will also help you feel good through the holidays.
Maintain or even increase your physical activity to help counterbalance some of those extra holiday calories. This will also help you feel your best through the somewhat stressful holidays!