The holiday season can be very challenging when it comes to eating healthy and sticking to your workout regimen. Here are some tips to help you survive!
-Do not let your workouts be optional. Our calendars become busy and it is easy to let the gym go by the wayside. If it takes writing it into your planner and scheduling time for it, do it! Prepare your gym bag the night before, and bring it with you to work. The more prepared you are, the more likely you are to go. It also helps to keep your gym bag where you can see it as a reminder (on the passenger seat of my car works for me). If there is no possible way you can work out that day, even a brisk 15-30 minute walk is better than nothing.
-Load up your plate with lean meats and vegetables. Avoid mindless munching. Be aware of what you are consuming. If you want to have some unhealthy treats, put some on your plate, and then leave the food area. Often times we find ourselves hovering over food at a party and eating while we chat, having no idea how much or how many we are eating of anything. Be mindful of what you eat.
-Watch your drinks! Often times these can be more detrimental than the food! We all love those Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, but even the tall non-fat with no whip cream has 200 calories and 38grams of carbohydrates. This goes for alcohol too!
-By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Pack your lunch and bring healthy snacks to work. Without having healthy options, you are much more likely to indulge in sweet treats that your coworkers might bring in.
On that same note, if you feel bombarded with treats in your home, share the wealth and give some to your friends and family! Never feel like you are stuck with food.
-Last but not least, what I believe is the most important, is to forgive yourself. The holidays are stressful enough without you beating yourself up over eating some of your grandma’s delicious pecan pie that she only makes at the holidays. Don’t let one slip up ruin your entire day. Simply get on track at the next meal. At the end of the day, one slice of pie will not hurt you. Six slices is another story. Avoid the “all or nothing” way of thinking.
Remind yourself that you are in control of what you eat and how you feel. Enjoy this special time of year with friends and family! You’ve got this. J