Surviving the Holidays…

10-tips-to-help-you-stay-on-track-this-holiday-season-1080x675This time of year is tough….parties, extra goodies at work, cookies, cookies and more cookies.  Did I mention cookies!  A little bit of indulgence is good for the soul, but the key is not to go overboard!  Here are a few tips on how to stay on track!

 Arrive To The Party Half Full

Have a small and healthy meal at home before you leave for the party. If you don’t have time for a meal try drinking a large bottle of water beforehand so you feel fuller when you arrive.

Bring Your Own Dish

When you bring your own dish you can control what goes in it.

 Don’t Overdo The Cocktails

Alternate one alcoholic drink with one glass of water. If you think water is too boring for a holiday party, make some fruit infused water to tantalize your taste buds and keep you good and hydrated.

Stick To Your Routine

You wouldn’t normally skip your Thursday afternoon leg workout, why do it this week?

 Exercise In The Morning

Getting your workout in early in the morning prevents you from getting bogged down with a busy schedule and running out of time later in the day.

Fill Up On Nutrient-Rich Veggies

Most vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber which will help you to feel fuller faster, and longer. Use crunchy vegetables to help curb cravings for crunchy junk foods, like chips.

 Partner With A Friend To Help With Accountability

If you have a friend that has similar fitness goals to yours it helps to partner up and keep each other accountable during holiday parties. It’s easier to stay on track when you’ve got a friend beside you looking out for you and helping along the way.

 Pay Attention To Portion Sizes

With so many yummy new dishes to choose from, the smaller you keep your portions, the more you’ll be able to try without overstuffing yourself!

 Practice Stress-Release

The holidays can be a very stressful time, take a few minutes out everyday to destress.  Yoga and meditation are great ways to calm your mind and body–let us know in the comments your favorite way to destress.

Make Socializing The Priority

The holidays are a great time for everyone to break out their favorite Pinterest-worthy recipes and crafts–instead of attempting to taste everything, talk to the hostess about her DIY mantle decorations.

Turn Your Back To The Buffet Table

Eat your healthy meals that fit into your nutritional plans before you arrive at the party and it will be easier to avoid the buffet table. If you are still fighting temptation set up shop in a different room, out of sight out of mind.

Chew Gum To Avoid Cravings

Holiday parties are packed with food and if you’re bored or nervous you may find yourself nibbling away at the closest buffet table just to keep your mouth busy. Popping a piece of gum in your mouth will help you avoid this bad habit and keep your breath fresh for conversations with your friends and coworkers.

 Choose Protein Over Snacks

Choose a main dish that you need to sit down and take your time to eat–you’ll eat slower and it will fill you up so you’re not snitching finger foods just because they’re easy and accessible and you’re overstuffed before you know it.

 Put Down Your Fork Between Bites

It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to recognize that you are full, by putting your fork down between bites, you are giving your body more time to recognize the feeling of fullness so you don’t overeat.

Keep A Food Journal

A food journal is a great way to keep track of what you’ve been eating and to hold yourself accountable for what you’re eating.

 Skip Seconds

If you think you’re ready for your second helping of mashed potatoes, wait 20 minutes to see if you’re actually hungry before heading back.

 Take A Walk After Dinner

Did you know that taking a quick walk, even if it’s just around the block can aid in the digestion process while also improving your blood sugar level.

 Split Dessert

Everyone loves a taste of something sweet after dinner.  A great way to indulge without overindulging is to split dessert with a friend or family member.

Relax

Stressful as the holidays can be, remember the real reason for the season–family, friends, and being thankful for all that you have.  Take at least a few days off from the hectic travels and huge gatherings to have some “me-time” and do what makes you happy.  Re-energize for the new year!

Entertain At Your Place

You’ll have more control over the atmosphere and menu when you host this year’s holiday party.

 Drink More Water

Before every meal, drink one large glass of water so you’re more full and won’t overeat at every sitting.

Move and Be Active

As tempting as a week-long Netflix binge session sounds, do your body and soul some good and get up and move around.  Even if it’s something as simple as doing crunches during commercial breaks or getting up every 5 minutes to refill the popcorn bowl.

Schedule Your Workouts

This is a busy season and it’s easy to forget or skip a workout because you think that you ‘don’t have enough time’ so make sure to schedule them in and make them a priority so that they don’t get pushed to the side until the new year.

Don’t Stress Out

For many people stress is a trigger for poor diet choices and the holidays are loaded with it. If you’re feeling stressed remember that it’s okay to take yourself out of the situation to avoid unhealthy stress eating. Try meditating in the morning to help center your mind and relax your spirit.

Skip The Dinner Plate

Use a smaller appetizer or salad plate to keep yourself in check when approaching the long buffet table.

Put The Food Away After Dinner

If you can’t see it, it’s less tempting to grab little bites, even if you’re not hungry anymore.

Don’t Give Up If You Mess Up

With all of the holiday hustle and bustle you might slip up in your diet or exercise routine, but that is no reason to give up all together. In fact it should be all the more reason to get out there and try harder tomorrow.

Adapted from http://www.isolatorfitness.com

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