H2Oooooohhh yeah! Drink a large (16 oz.) glass of water 15-30 minutes before every meal, especially before hitting a holiday buffet. Water will help you feel fuller, eat less and aid in the digestion process.
2) Indulge in moderation
Deprivation is a recipe for disaster, but so is unlimited indulgence. Find a happy balance and allow yourself 2 or 3 small portions of your favorite holiday treats. For the rest of the meal, stick to healthier options like veggies, lean meats, low fat cheese and fruit.
3) Weigh in
While it’s tempting to reach for elastic waist pants and hide your bathroom scale for the month of December, neither will help keep you accountable. If you see the number on the scale creeping up or feel your favorite pants getting tighter, you’ll likely pass on that slice of pie.
Think you can take an accountability hiatus and start again in the New Year? Neglecting healthy eating habits and exercise during the holidays will only make your resolutions more difficult.
4) Make exercise appointments
Consistent exercise and protected time to de-stress are more important than holiday shopping and gatherings. To avoid making excuses or falling into the trap of being “too busy”, schedule exercise on your calendar just like you would any other meeting. Bonus, you can even set an event reminder alarm to alert you it’s time to get moving!
5) Share fitness with loved ones
The best part of the holiday season is spending time with friends and family, so connect while staying active! Take an after dinner walk with your kids, go hiking with your cousins, attend a fitness class with your best friend, or register for a fun 5K. Make fitness a new part of of your holiday tradition!