The holidays can be a challenging time when it comes to eating healthily, but there is hope. There are several strategies that can help you keep off the weight during this most challenging time of the year.
1. Focus on Friends & Family
It’s getting to be that time of the year when we’re invited out to parties for work or with friends and family. When you’re out at a holiday party, zero in on having great conversations. Enjoy the time together, but don’t sit near the food – if it’s out of sight, it will be out of mind, too.
2. Try to Maintain
Don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Instead of trying to lose weight over the holidays, which is nearly impossible unless you’re really disciplined, create a realistic goal – to maintain your weight over the holidays.
3. Fill Up on Fruits & Veggies
When making up your plate, fill up most it with fresh fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, melon, and grapes. This will leave little room in your stomach for unhealthy foods such as appetizers and desserts.
4. Eat Before You Go Out
Before you go out, fill up on healthy, filling foods. This way you won’t have much room left for the fattening, unhealthy options.
5. Challenge Yourself
Most people start their New Year’s Resolutions in – well – the New Year. Challenge yourself to a pre-New Year’s Resolution of eating healthy before the New Year even gets here. When you accomplish your goal, reward yourself with something non-food related.
Develop a consistent exercise routine, whether it’s walking, treadmilling, doing sit-ups or push-ups, etc. This way, if you do eat some unhealthy foods during the holiday season, exercise will help you burn off some of those calories.
7. Alcohol in Moderation
Most types of alcohol contain a plethora of calories. Before you pick up that can or bottle of alcohol, think about whether you would rather drink your calories or use them on eating filling food. If you do want to drink, check if there’s a low-calorie or non-alcoholic option.
8. Bring Your Own Food (BYOF)
If you’re going to a holiday gathering, bring a healthy dish to share with everyone. This way, you know that there will be a healthy option for you.Access Physical Therapy & Wellness wants to wish all of our patients a happy and healthy holiday season.