Posted on Dec 01, 2016 by Jenna Crookshanks
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or is it? The holiday season can indeed be a wonderful time but it can also be extremely difficult when there’s lots of shopping, crowds and traffic, holiday parties with friends and family, treats overflowing the office break room and, undoubtedly, some stress. If you are trying to stay on track with a healthier lifestyle of eating better and exercising, how do you find balance while navigating through all of these “extras”?
Here are some useful tips, tricks, and hints from your friends at Nutrition Works!
First, don’t go hungry waiting to go to a gathering or party. This is important for two reasons. When you wait too long to eat, your body naturally craves the “bad” stuff that often is in abundance at these get-togethers. If you eat a light meal beforehand, you can avoid the pitfall of over indulging because you’ve already curbed your appetite. You’ve also set yourself up nicely just in case there happens to be a lack of food at the event. You gave yourself a nice, healthy boost to get you through the party and also avoided being swept into the issue mentioned above; craving the “bad” stuff because you’re starving from postponing eating.
Another option for those gatherings that always seem to be centered around food might be to bring your own dish to share. There are tons of tasty, wholesome and healthy recipes online if you look for them. As always, look at the ingredients and make healthy substitutions where you can. Who knows, the dish you bring might turn out to be the hit of the party!
Regardless of whether you eat a light meal beforehand or if you bring a healthy alternative, pay attention when you are eating; slowing down, chewing your food and noting what you are eating are all valuable keys to not overeating and to avoiding the wrong foods.
One more tip. To help out with the copious amounts of treats that are tempting you in the office break room, pack your own goodies to stash in your desk. This will help you avoid the temptations presented in the gathering area and still allow you to have a scrumptious bite to eat.
These last two guidelines are important to keep in mind. Don’t forego your exercise plan even though your schedule seems even more packed than normal. Even if you just find five minutes between activities to fit some type of exercise, stretching, or meditation in, it is important. This will help keep your mind and body in a nice state of balance.
Finally, remember that life happens. If you overeat or choose to partake in an indulgent sweet or miss out on exercising one time, IT IS OKAY! Don’t beat yourself up. Each day is a new opportunity to start over with your goal of living a healthier lifestyle. The holidays are meant to be a fun time. Don’t stress yourself out over the fact that you might not stick to the healthiest option occasionally.
Now, enjoy the holiday season and remember, it really can be the most wonderful time of the year!