Incorporate some of these simple strategies to prevent holiday weight gain.
‘Tis the season, with the approach of non-stop treats, parties, drinks and lack of exercise don’t let the upcoming holiday put your health goals on the sidelines.
Eat your veggies – Sunday night cut up as many vegetables as you like. I prefer red, green and yellow peppers, carrots and cauliflower. Pack sandwich bags so they are ready to grab throughout the day. Aim for 1 bag a day and if you can eat 2. The extra fiber will fill you up and help prevent unwelcome snacking. The benefits of consuming lots of vegetables include:
- increased fiber
- they will add the liver in detoxing your over indulgences
- help curve your sweet craving
Try adding this Asian Broccoli Salad to your lunch
Stop eating after dinner – allow your self time to fast. 10-12 hours is a good amount to time to fast at night. But remember to break-the-fast and eat breakfast.
If you must eat after dinner eat fruits or vegetables. An apple, orange, banana, veggie sticks – keep it full of fiber and nutrition.
Eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking up. If a balanced, healthy breakfast is too much, eat something smaller just remember to break the fast. Simple options:
- a granola bar
- a handful of nuts
- a fruit or vegetable smoothie
- a banana
Take 5! Getting enough exercise in can be a challenge – it is dark a lot and that is a motivation drag in itself. So make a solution. Set your alarm clock to go off every hour and take a five minute walking break – head to the bathroom every hour if that’s what it takes. Do you need an excuse to take this 5 minute break? Then do this….
Drink 8 ounces of water every hour. During an 8 hour work day that means you will drink 64 ounces of water. Now you’ve met your water goal and your walking goal – the bathroom must be 250 steps from your desk!
Squeeze in some exercise –
- 10 squats before you sit to use the toilet
- 5 lunges on your way back to the desk
- Moving floors – add in a 5 second wall squat
- Bored at your desk – left that heavy binder 5 times on each arm
- No ones looking? 5 pushups off of your desk
- Talking on the phone – 10 shoulder rolls
Cut back – if you’re a sweets eater, cut back. Instead of 4 cookies – eat 2 cookies.
Alternate drinks with water. This sounds simple but most of us forget to order the glass of water. Add a couple of lemon or lime slices to spruce it up; order seltzer instead of plain water; order a non-alcoholic drink every other time. No one will notice if it’s a Vodka and tonic or a Vodka and water.
Bring Fruit & Veggies – when asked to bring something to a party – bring fruit or vegetables. There are so many cool, easy and healthy festive ideas. Mini veggie cups, fruit skewers, turkey veggie platters. Go to Pinterest and search away. Here are a few of my favorite options:
Any holiday is the perfect time to eat healthy and enjoy it. Make the best of your health goals and share with those you love. Be creative.
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