Be Healthy This Holiday Season
As much as we wish they didn’t, holiday calories are just as real as everyday calories. Many people tend to overeat during the holidays, and not by just a little bit. It’s so easy to do it. They go off their diet at Thanksgiving and don’t get back on it until after New Year’s Day! That’s over a month of indulging themselves in all of the different foods that they usually avoid but, because it’s the holidays, they feel like they have to at least eat a little bit of everything.
The hard part is that it’s not just Thanksgiving and Christmas—if it were just these two or three days, then it wouldn’t be that bad. The same goes for those who celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa—there are special days when the whole family gathers for dinner, and it’s usually find to consider those cheat days. But then there’s the office holiday party, your spouse’s office’s holiday party, your kids holiday activities at school (with refreshments, usually), plus some families have several gatherings because not everyone can make it to one…it goes on and on! There are so many events in December, and almost all of them have unhealthy foods.
What can you do? Here are a few ideas.
Make Healthy Foods
Many families split cooking duty for the big holidays and everyone brings a dish. You can make sure you bring something healthy that you know you’ll be able to eat a good amount of without hurting your diet too badly. You could even bring this up when the family is planning the meal—it’s very likely others are trying to eat right, too.
Let Yourself Cheat a Little
Figure out which activities you’ll really want to eat at, and allow yourself those as your cheat days. But don’t give in to temptation at the other meals. If you’ve been really good at eating right, it shouldn’t be too hard to avoid eating too much junk food at these events.
At events that only serve light refreshments, you can more easily avoid the sweets and other treats that people bring. Or you can let yourself have one small cookie, one small brownie, etc. Just don’t go overboard. Also remember that punch is often full of sugar. Try getting a cup of water instead of whatever punch is being served, and avoid alcohol.
Yes, falling off your diet for a month can be bad, but it’s also the holiday season. If you do find that you’ve gained a little extra weight, don’t stress about it. Don’t beat yourself up. It’s the holidays, and that means it’s time to have fun with your friends and family, not the time to get upset that you didn’t keep 100% faithful to your diet. But be sure you resolve to do something about it: start eating better right away, exercise, and move on. Don’t dwell on it! Enjoy the season!
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