Halloween has passed and the election is over. Next up…the holidays.
I love the holidays – family, friends and amazing food. But with it comes a lot of pressure, mostly related to traveling, finances, wellness and being social. Here are some tips to help you navigate through some of it.
Many of you will travel to Grandma’s or Aunt Ruth’s during the next few weeks. Traveling, whether for pleasure or for work, challenges even the most dedicated health nut. Here are my key survival tips:
Book a hotel with a gym – do your research before you book your hotel. Pick one with a fitness center so that you can squeeze in your workouts in between visits and meetings.
Walk – try to book a hotel within walking distance to where you need to be. Walk whenever possible. After big meals (Turkey Day), take walks with the family to help digest. My family adopted this tradition and I love it.
Bring healthy snacks – have a day’s worth of flying ahead of you? Be sure to pack some healthy snacks. Not only will this save you money at the airport, you won’t be tempted by the Cinnabon counter. I typically pack nuts, fruit (dried and fresh), energy bars and protein powder.
Get right back on track – when you get back home, get right back to healthy eating and working out. Although you might feel a little (or maybe a lot) bloated from your trip’s indulgences, if you eat cleanly and work up a daily sweat, you will feel better within a few days. After a week, you’ll be right back where you started before your trip.
I absolutely love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday, followed only by Christmas. I used to stress over weight gain during the holidays, but no more. Now I focus on moderation and savoring what I do choose to indulge in. Check out my holiday tips:
Choose wisely – Note the first word – choose. You have choices. You do NOT have to eat your Mom’s pumpkin pie if you hate pumpkin pie. Indulge only in foods you LOVE. Don’t waste calories (or precious room) on foods you don’t truly miss the rest of the year. Have mashed potatoes every Friday? Then why bother with them on Thanksgiving? Save room for pie or stuffing – foods you can’t get every day.
Don’t make it an all day thing – Pick one meal to splurge on, not the entire day…especially when you have a number of days stringing together. Focus on having a healthy breakfast if you know that your dinner is going to be amazing.
Be party savvy – First, don’t stand near the buffet. That is only asking for trouble. Also, give yourself one plate of food and fill it up, but do not go back for seconds. You can even have a snack (apple, handful of nuts) before you go. Arriving at a party hungry is a recipe for overeating.
Ditch the leftovers – I avoid leftovers after holiday meals. It is one thing to indulge in a special day. It is another thing to stretch it out into an entire week of debauchery.
Use the 3-bite rule – I got this one from my Mom. She loved dessert and always ordered it…but she would only take 3 bites of any sweet. She had a theory that your cravings were satisfied with 3 bites and that bites 4 and beyond only made you fuller, not more satisfied The real joy and flavor is in those first three bites.
Create healthy rituals – Like my post-Thanksgiving dinner family walk mentioned above, try to start some traditions that are not food or indulgence focused. Go shopping on Black Friday and walk off some of that gravy and pecan pie. Sign up for a charity run with your family.
Enjoy your food traditions – this time of year is full of family recipes and traditions. This is what food is all about – bringing us together. I make my Aunt Milly’s cinnamon rolls every Christmas, going to the effort to make them from scratch. My family loves them. I only have one (okay, two) on Christmas morning and slather (and I mean SLATHER) it with butter. I find true joy in the entire experience. Find your joy and revel in it.
Week 8: Action 1
Post and tell me which of the tips above you’re going to try. Also, share your tips for navigating through the holidays.
irishlass said:I am NOT up for ditching leftovers!! That's a sin!!!Walking after eating is good though!
I am NOT up for ditching leftovers!! That's a sin!!!Walking after eating is good though!
We've started a tradition of making Thanksgiving just for our family. Less drama, and just a turkey breast instead of the whole bird. It also allowed me to do some less-traditional sides without complaints from extended family. I do mashed potatoes because DH said he can't give that up, but all the other sides are vegetables.
I love to walk and I'll take any excuse.
GisleyandHank said:I love to walk and I'll take any excuse.
Here we have a "Turkey Trot" 5k early Thanksgiving morning! A good run or a good morning exercise can help jump start your metabolism for the rest of the day so by the time you actually eat Thanksgiving dinner, you're still burning calories!
hmmm the after dinner walk sounds like a great idea! Might even get little man to sleep.
Thanksgiving is only going to e my brother, ds, and me this year. So there will only be cooking of favorite foods. and not a whole lot of them. though, there will be pumpkin cheesecake tartlets. Little itty bitty ones. They're only about 4 bites anyway!