Hi guys! I hope you are having a great week. As a teacher I am super lucky to have a two week break to spend with my girls and family. We have been really busy with work, sports and school so this break is much needed. I also have been finding myself surrounded with yummy holiday treats, meals and drinks which I try to enjoy in moderation. I thought I would share some of my tips to maintain and not gain weight during the holiday season. Now is not really the time to try and lose weight!
- Enjoy those special foods. For me I have certain foods and drinks that I only enjoy this time of the year. Like my mom’s peanut brittle and my friend Holly’s homemade Irish Cream and cookies! I almost always forgo those store bought treats in the staff room because I look forward to those homemade goodies made by my friends and family.
- Don’t skip meals and don’t forget to hydrate! This is a big one. If you have a big party or meal planned don’t skip breakfast or lunch. If you do you will be starving and may overindulge at the party. Who wants to feel stuffed anyway! Drink lots of water especially if you are consuming alcohol. This will also help you feel full.
- Be picky at parties! Survey the options before loading up your plate with food. Opt for healthy options mixed with those indulgences. Avoid chatting around the buffet table or finger foods. This could lead to mindless eating.
- Be kind to yourself. Do not beat yourself up if you drink a little more than usual or have that extra cookie or piece of peanut butter fudge! Peanut butter fudge is my FAVE! I only have it once a year and I know it is worth every bite! It’s only a few weeks out of the year and it would be sad if you missed out on those special treats and moments with your family and friends. This one I have really learned over the years. I like to write down a recap of my holidays in my journal and I always write down that I will eat more cookies and drink more wine than usual and most of the time I don’t gain any weight. Relax!
- WORKOUT! This is the big one. For me working out not only balances out the cookie consumption but also the stress that can come with the crazy holiday season. Go for a walk, go sledding with your family or plan a fun run. It can be a family affair. Or try an at home workout from my blog if you can’t hit the gym or are out of town. This is a fun one! The 12 Exercises of Christmas. Give it a try.
I hope these tips help you to relax and enjoy the holidays this year. I will be starting another New Year New You health and fitness challenge in January so be sure to check back or email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining and I will send you the private group invite.
Have a great weekend and a Merry Christmas