It’s officially holiday season! And we all know what that can mean… parties, candy and desserts at the office, more eating out, more travel, vacations, and of course, more stress than normal.
Did you know that the average weight gain throughout the holidays is 6-8 pounds? With that in mind, it’s nice to beat the average and create some healthy, proactive habits!
Ok, so, let’s go over several strategies that will help you get through this tempting time:
Seek Support! Through your family, friends, your health coach, trainer, internet support groups, or clubs.
Don’t make exceptions during the holidays. Finding a program like Take Shape for Life helps offer some accountability — stick with it and choose to get in shape and get healthy.
Don’t skip a meal.
Choose healthy snacks, such as celery, bullion, or dill pickles and no starchy vegetables.
Eat 5-6 low glycemic, low calorie meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar in check and your stomach happy.
Remember that alcohol has empty calories and lots of them! Ask for sparkling water and lime instead of beer and wine. And if you MUST have a drink, know that vodka has the least amount of sugar. :)
If there’s a special holiday food you will feel deprived of, remember the 3 bite rule: The first bite is the best tasting, the second not as good as the first and by the third, your taste bud experience is over so only take enough for 1-2 bites — just a taste and you will be surprised how satisfying it is.
Eat more of the salads and green veggies at a dinner party and make the meat a “side dish.”
Peanut butter and cheese are too full of fat calories!
No popcorn when you go to the movies. It’s cooked in oil and not a healthy choice. Instead, bring along a an Optavia Caramel Crunch bar or celery to munch on.
Don’t serve meals family-style. Keep pots and dishes away from the table where it’s all too easy to go for seconds!
Learn to “eyeball” the proper serving size that is right for you and stick to them when dining out or dishing up meals.
Eat healthy fast foods, such as Octavia low glycemic and low calorie meals! Don’t leave home without it!
Physical activity is a good way to burn calories and it makes you feel great before going to a party, and remember to drink a shake on your way out the door!
Holiday shopping time at the mall is an opportunity to get some extra exercise in… park away from the entrance, wear comfortable walking shoes, and remember to walk with stomach muscles engaged throughout your shopping spree. Schlepping all those packages burns neat points.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I wanted you to have these “5 and 1” recipe ideas in case you need to place an order to get you to a healthy New Year. Have a healthy and yummy thanksgiving dinner…. Enjoy!