The holiday season can be detrimental to your health. So many parties, an abundance of food, drinks and desserts. How do we discipline ourselves to eat healthy and not overindulge? It starts with Thanksgiving and flows into December and January. So many temptations with food we don’t normally eat. Not to mention the cocktails and sugary desserts.
So this holiday season I decided to do a 21-day challenge at CROM Fitness to help me focus on eating healthy and exercising. After Thanksgiving. I thought I could definitely use the incentive of this challenge to optimize my health. For the most part, I am healthy but I do have my weaknesses. I tend to try all the appetizers at a party. My wine glass seems to never be empty and I love to try new desserts. I definitely overindulge during the holiday season. Moderation is key but it seems to only work when I have my regular routines.
When you hold yourself accountable and are aware of what you are putting into your body, you will feel much better physically and mentally. The fact is when you exercise, you want to have a clean body so your chances of feeling strong and flexible are increased. We do not choose to go to a yoga class or fitness class if we are overfed the night before or over-served. However, when you commit to a wellness class, you want to have clean living. That is not to say you can’t go to the class, but chances are you will not feel good.
The question is how do we moderate and still socialize in the holiday season? I am not one for counting calories, but rather choosing healthy foods and drinking lots of water. When it comes to cocktails, you want to limit your intake. Be aware and yes, count how many drinks you are having. Try drinking water to stay hydrated and you might be surprised how delicious water can taste and feel in your body. Hydration is key. Your mind will have more clarity and your organs will thank you. Count the glasses of water you drink each day.
Meal prep is a great way to have the food readily available to you for the week. Quinoa with red peppers is a typical meal prep in my house to add to our salads. My adult children prep their proteins for the beginning of the week. Usually grilled chicken. Lots of bean salads, squash, sweet potatoes, eggplant, broccoli and cauliflower. If this is already made in your fridge, you will tend to have an easy time eating the right foods. Maybe you will eat before you go to the party that may not have healthy choices for you.
Allowing yourself to cheat once or twice a week is not the worst thing you could do. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year. We enjoy going to parties, talking to our friends and family. Socializing is great for your mental health. Let’s make this holiday season healthy for the body, mind and spirit. Moderation and awareness is key.
Don’t feel guilty when at that one party you overindulge. Tomorrow is a brand new day to start fresh.
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