The holidays are upon us, and ‘tis the season for festivities, food and libations. This time of year many of us also stress about the abundance of food and subsequent weight gain, and we quickly lose sight of our health and fitness goals. As a Naturopathic doctor who focuses on nutrition and fitness, I often hear people say they want to “wait until after the holidays” to focus on health and fitness goals. I understand about the pressure and stress during this time of year, but it doesn’t mean you have swan-dive off the healthy bandwagon. Taking a “break” from your healthy eating and exercise plan makes it harder to get started again, and often provokes many all-or-nothing New Year’s resolutions, which rarely leads to lasting results.
1. Eat before going to a party
2. Offer to bring a healthy dish to a party
3. Let the plate be your guide
4. Let your hands be your measuring tools
5. Be strategic with your treats
6. Slow. It. Down.
7. Beware of liquid calories
8. Keep a nutrition and training log
9. Incorporate a morning workout
10. Don’t stress about it
I hope you found this helpful, and if you have some useful strategies yourself, feel free to share in the comments section below. Wishing you all a fit and very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
- Dr. Crystal