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Posted on 12-05-2016

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday!

The holiday season brings friends, family, and loved ones together to celebrate. It can also be a stressful time, wreaking havoc on our waistlines if we’re not careful. This year, develop a survival strategy to help you successfully navigate those tricky holiday situations.

Don’t go hungry!

It’s important to eat at regular times throughout the day before attending your special event so you don’t go hungry.  Enjoying a healthy snack before attending a holiday party will help keep you satisfied. While there, remember these special events should be treated like a small meal and not an eating frenzy.

Avoid portion distortion

Use the smallest plate available for built-in portion control. Fill your plate with healthy choices first, like fresh vegetables, lean proteins, and salad. Limit or skip foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

Make time for you

Exercise can help you burn and/or bank calories, which helps you to balance your calories consumed with your calories expended. Get your friends and family involved by suggesting group activities that focus on physical health and take the emphasis off food.

Focus on Family and Friends

Holidays are intended to promote gatherings with friends and family, so emphasize the social interaction. Plan activities to make the day special: volunteer at a food bank, or attend local parades or other celebratory events. By focusing on the company of those around you, you can celebrate the true spirit of the holidays and make lasting memories with your loved ones.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint

One slip-up or occasional indulgence will not ruin your chances of long-term wellness success. If you find yourself doing some unintended overeating, the best thing to do is get back on track immediately rather than waiting to restart, or allowing this one lapse to become a relapse into old habits.

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