Strategies for Staying Healthy When the Goodies Are Everywhere
Thanksgiving is over, but the feasting has really just begun. Grandma is baking her world-famous cookies, there’s fruitcake, pies and lots of other tasty treats everywhere. You’ve worked really hard to get your weight down and to build a healthy lifestyle. You don’t want to waste all that effort by chowing down at the holidays. Here are some things you can do to stay on the right track.
There’s a greater tendency to eat unwisely when you’re just sitting around. Of course, the holidays a time to catch up with family, but why not do that while you walk around the neighborhood, looking at the Christmas decorations?
Make It About Portion Control
Abstinence is rarely a good strategy. Allow yourself a taste of all the good things, but pay attention to how much you eat or drink. You can have just one cookie…and you’ll feel good about it.
Have Some Healthy Snacks Available
When the plates of cookies and candies come out, bring out other snacks as well, ones that offer a healthier alternative.
A lot of unhealthy food habits stem from haste. Don’t let the stress and busy-ness of the holiday put you into hyperdrive, where you eat before you think. Take your time while eating, too…savor every bite and you’ll find that you eat less.
Get Lots of Rest
Studies also show that fatigue can contribute to unhealthy eating. When you’re tired, you tend to be hungrier and less active. Don’t be the last one to leave the party. Get plenty of sleep this holiday season and you’ll stay healthier.
Don’t Let the Holidays Stress You Out
Stress and anxiety are also significant causes of poor or unhealthy eating. The holidays should be a time to relax and be with loved ones. The less stress you put yourself through, the healthier you’ll eat.
Stay Away from Processed Foods
Make everything from scratch and you’ll eat a whole lot healthier. Common processed foods to avoid—boxed mashed potatoes or stuffing.
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