Tricks and tips to keep healthy habits this holiday season!
The real trick is going into the holiday season not with a restrictive mindset, but with a realistic one. Managing your eating and activity levels, rather than limiting or avoiding, is more positive and will help you have a more enjoyable holiday!
1. DON'T FREAK OUT!!!
Stress has an overwhelmingly negative impact on your body's healthy tissue and causes your brain to secrete cortisol, your body's catabolic hormone, which breaks down healthy complex structures such as muscle fibers. So just relax, take a deep breath, drop your shoulders and remember that one day is a small blip on the bigger fitness radar.
2. MEAT & VEGGIES
When you're approaching the dining room table, crouched and stalking like a lion prowling the Serengeti, its easy to become overwhelmed by all the options and the fear that you might, maybe, probably eat a little bit too much... To manage your calorie intake, stick to the meats cooked with cry heat (baked, grilled, broiled) and always opt for veggies and not veggie casseroles.
3. USE A SMALL PLATE
Try using a smaller plate than what you would normally use. Our instinct, especially on Thanksgiving, is to fill up our plate. If it's not full we subconsciously think that we didn't get enough food... A small plate will fill up faster making you feel like you're getting more than enough and helping you control your portions!
4. TASTE EVERYTHING
Did your aunt, mom, or cousin make that thing you really look forward to every year? Mine is my mom's sweet potato casserole.. mmmmm. Remember we are in a managing mindset not a restrictive one. So try a little bit of everything! Take a spoon (regular not serving size..) and serve yourself with that instead.
5. PACE YOURSELF
It's so easy on Thanksgiving to sit, look down, and inhale your entire place in one breath. Try taking a minute or 2 to rest between the turkey and the dressing or between the sweet potato and the pie to take a break. You might not realize you're full right away if you tear into your plate like it's your last meal!
6. WALK IT OFF
I get it. Suggesting that you exercise on Thanksgiving is a hard sell. So I won't try. Instead I suggest that you walk as much as you possibly can. Grab your cousin or sibling you haven't seen all year, start walking, and spend some quality time with family while you're.... what's the word... exercising! *audible gasp*
7. ENJOY YOURSELF
Try your best not to stress. Enjoy your holiday. We get a small number of opportunities to spend time with family, even though we might not always get along, so try your best to manage your calorie intake, get whatever exercise that you can, and relax.
The gym will always be here when you get back!