The ABCs of Holiday Health

Although the holidays bring lots of fun with family and friends, they are also filled with hustle and bustle and sweet, rich foods that can make sticking to a healthy lifestyle very challenging during this time.

It’s important to remember that it’s what you do most of the time that matters If you do your best to stick to your healthy eating and exercise plan most of the time over the holidays, those occasional parties and family meals will have less effect.  It’s also important to remember that healthy eating and routine exercise will help you deal with holiday stresses and support your immune system so that you stay well.

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Having said that, I fully appreciate how tempting it is to simply binge at every opportunity and promise yourself that getting back on a healthy path will start on January 1st.  However, I think it is much wiser to take a more logical approach so that you stay in control of your health over the holidays.

Here’s my ABCs for holiday health…….

Avoid counting calories!  Almost everyone is going to over-indulge and feeling guilty over your menu choices is not the best way to celebrate the season.  Likewise, don’t starve yourself all day to “save up” for a holiday party….. that will almost guarantee that you binge on whatever “forbidden” foods are offered at the buffet because you are “starving” by the time you get there!  It makes much more sense to eat a good breakfast and continue to opt for light, healthy meals and snacks while you shop and run your holiday errands.  This will insure that you are getting the nutrients you need to stay healthy and have the energy to get through your “to do” list.

Be sure to take care of yourself!  Taking your vitamins, doing routine exercise and getting enough rest are even more important during stressful times.  You may think that there isn’t enough time to take care of yourself, but you will find that you are much more efficient when you make self care a priority.

Keep up with your regular exercise routine!

Keep up with your regular exercise routine!

Carry a healthy snack with you as you go about your day.  Try to eat something about every 3 hours to keep your blood sugar stable and avoid the lows that make you crave sweets.  Keeping a bag of trail mix or a piece of fruit in your purse or brief case to eat for a snack while on the go will help you to stay in control of your food choices.

Don’t arrive hungry to a holiday event!  Eating a substantial snack like a protein shake, yogurt or sliced apple with your favorite nut butter about an hour before you go to a party will allow you to stay in control of your portions once you are there.  Even though there will be lots of food available, this one trick will help you to eat less and make better choices.

Have a Healthy Snack!

Have a Healthy Snack!

ENJOY the Holidays!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all of my readers!  I wish a joyous holiday season and I thank you for supporting my blog.  I’ll “see” you for my new healthy programs in 2014!!

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