A Commonsense Guide To Staying Healthy This Holiday Season
If you follow my blog you realize that I have a laid back approach to Weight Loss and Healthy Eating. That is because strict eating guidelines and weight loss programs don’t work. They don’t address the long-term and we need to change our relationship with food and exercise more than just lose the pounds.
It is the only method in my experience that truly works. I could give you a long list of foods you should be eating which would do no good if you don’t eat them. This couldn’t be truer than during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Instead, I have a formula that will help minimize the damage and erase the guilt.
Healthy Eating Tips For The Holidays
What if I told you the reason we gain so much weight isn’t the food your eating? Well, it is and it isn’t. Sure that pizza isn’t going to help you lose weight but the number one saboteur in our battle to maintain a healthy weight is PORTION CONTROL! This country (USA) in particular is way out of control in portion size.
Now think about the Thanksgiving Table. The turkey and 15 sides, ok I am exaggerating but not as far off as you think. Most of us are likely to pile our plate. This is what you are doing wrong!
Now I am by no means saying you can’t eat all of the delicious offerings, instead put a little of everything on your plate and I mean a little. Two to three bites. You should never eat until you’re full. If you are still hungry eat a few more bites.
My dad used to say to me as a child that if I ate too quickly I would get the collywobbles. Yes, I think he made up the word but it just sounded so horrible there was no way I was going to risk it. Eat your food slower. Not only does this allow you to fully savor the meal but it aids in digestion and will give you time to consider if you really want more.
Give Them Pie!
I wait all year for Pumpkin Pie and homemade cookies! When we are engaging a healthy lifestyle. we think these things are out of our reach. No, they aren’t and by telling yourself they are, you are setting yourself up for bingeing. Instead, adopt the by half approach.
By half means instead of depriving yourself, you only eat half. Instead of a handful of cookies, you eat 2 or 3. You set limits for yourself on sweets. If you have to, write it down somewhere to remind yourself of the allowed amount.
Walk It Off
It is even more important to keep up with your fitness routine during the holidays. There is a tendency to think we are on a break from exercise because we aren’t eating as well as we usually do. This thinking can cause setbacks in your progress and even lead to the weight gain you’re so concerned about. If anything, you want to add a little extra time to your routine.
What can really help when we have eaten too much is a relaxing walk afterward. I go walking after dinner every night. It is good for your body and your mind. Walking is a great bonding tool and stress reliever. It can greatly relieve bloating from eating too much.
Staying Healthy and maintaining your weight loss goals even during the holidays isn’t impossible. Moderation is the key to success. Regular exercise and plenty of water should also be part of the plan. Depriving yourself will only produce negative results. Eat well, enjoy Family and Friends.