I’m not a trained exercise coach or a registered dietitian, but I have acquired some helpful suggestions while working here at Good Measure Meals, that I will use to help me get through the next couple of weeks. My goal is to survive this holiday season unscathed by those pesky extra 5-10 pounds that I always seem to gain this time of year.
Here are the things I’ve been told will be helpful:
1) Buddy up with a friend and keep each other accountable. Make this person someone who has goals like your own. Help keep each other on track by being a supportive friend and vice versa.
2) Don’t go to a holiday party on an empty stomach. Make sure to nosh on something healthy before you leave for your night-on–the-town. The chances are slim-to-none that you are going to find a healthy holiday spread waiting for you when you arrive. If you show up with a little food in your stomach, you will be less likely to stuff yourself with all of the decadent foods that will be offered.
3) Limit your intake of “holiday cheer.” A 6oz. glass of red wine has 128 calories. Who pours a 6 oz glass of wine, especially during the holidays? Here’s a great tip: Drink a full 8 oz glass of water between each alcoholic beverage. Not only will you cut down on how much you drink, but you will look great because you are keeping yourself hydrated and better yet, lessen the chance of a nasty hangover.
4) Try to keep to your regular workout schedule. Even if you shorten the duration or intensity of your workouts during the next couple of weeks, you are still making the effort. Some exercise is better than none, and if you are usually consistent with your workouts throughout the year, a week or two of lower intensity isn’t going to derail what you’ve accomplished.
5) Get 8 hours of sleep a night. I know, I know…..with all the wonderful, festive parties and all, how can you not stay up until the sun rises? Sleep is crucial to regulate food cravings. And having a fresh-mind will help you make healthy choices.
6) Wear your seatbelt. And for goodness sake, call a taxi if you need one.
7) Last, but not least, Don’t Deprive Yourself. The holiday season only comes around once a year. If you already have a solid nutrition foundation and fitness routine, a little indulging for a week or two isn’t going to hurt in the short-term. Just be sure to get back on track with your routine after the new year arrives!
I’m hoping to put some of these suggestions into practice this holiday season. I know I won’t be perfect, and will probably eat a little more than I should, stay out a little later than is best for me, and skip a run or two. But I’m not going to go overboard. For me, this season, it’s “all things in moderation.” I’m going to enjoy myself and everything this holiday season has to offer. I hope you do the same!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Philip Niekro, your Good Measure Meals Customer Service Representative