I really feel like I should have written this post in October. Doesn't it seem that we start eating our way through the holidays around Halloween and then keep on plowing through the rest of the winter holidays?
Well..here they are again - the holidays. With Thanksgiving being in just a few days, we are in full swing. I want to share with you today a few tips to help keep you from falling into the endless pit of overeating and excessive sugar:
1. Stay active. Just because its a holiday doesn't mean you should take a holiday from everything. Keeping yourself active will help your body and mind feel more positive and energetic.
2. Enjoy your foods, but in moderation. Look at your choices for your meals. Choose the healthier option out of what you have.
3.Get those seasonal veggies in you and your protein before all the other sides.
4.Before going back for seconds at your meals, sit for 20 minutes. You may be more full than you think.
5.Lets talk dessert. There seems to be a plethora to choose from between parties, neighbor gifts etc. It is just fine to have some goodies during this time. Pick your favorite and then stop there. Plan your treat out before hand and then be good once you decide. If you think about it, how often do we eat a ton of dessert and then later say "man, I feel awesome after eating 5 pieces of pie and that homemade candy." More often than not we feel a little sick and possibly some guilt. We then take that guilt and decide "oh well, I've already gone down the path so I might as well keep eating." Make a plan and stick to it. Your body and mind will thank you.
6. Take time for you. Make sure you are getting some you time to relax and unwind. When we go at full speed constantly, keeping ourselves so busy, we end up getting frazzled and stressed. Some people may be made for this; but I am not one of them. When I don't take time to just chill, the stress affects me in the way of oh, I don't know...eating a bag of chocolate chips....or guzzling Dr. pepper... or eating chocolate. Did I mention chocolate?? We are all different in how we unwind. To some it may be watching television, others may like to read, and some craft. Whatever your way is, make sure you fit it in.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
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