Healthy Holiday Hints

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Let the holiday season begin! Learn how to overcome the temptations of the season and fully enjoy the holidays all while feeling great about yourself!

Okay so we’ve all done it – completely indulged ourselves into the season and thus starting the downward spiral of bad health. It usually starts around Thanksgiving. We allow ourselves just one piece of pie, which then leads to two pieces, and sometimes three.. with an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream and don’t forget the whip cream! And then the next thing you know we are in a “food coma” and it takes a 3 hour  nap to recover! We say “eh, its just one day, no big deal!” However, we repeat the “food coma” cycle for days with the leftovers. And then, the next thing we know, its December and all things sugar are sitting in every corner. By this point we can’t help but feed the monster. The vicious cycle is now in full effect – eat something unhealthy, feel too bad and zapped of energy so workouts are skipped, and then comes the feeling of guilt which then causes us to become big balls of stress. Our immune systems are suffering and we’ve put on 8 pounds by the end of December. The holidays are over and we feel terrible. Then, to top it off, we set unrealistic New Years resolutions of losing the weight in a very short period of time, only to end in disappointment.

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There is some good news though.. this vicious cycle is completely avoidable!! Here are some tips to help you survive the season in good health!

1. SET A GOAL 

If you set a health goal for yourself and think about it every day, you will have motive to overcome temptations. For example, ASW set a Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge at one of our client’s offices. We had a Pre-Holiday weigh in last week. We will have a Post-Holiday Weight In after New Years Day. The deal is, every employee who is able to maintain their weight or lose weight over the holidays will receive a gift card!  This is something you can do for yourself.. weigh in before the holidays and set a goal of maintaining or losing. If you are able to do it, reward yourself! Give yourself a spa day, take that ski vacation you’ve been wanting to do, or buy yourself a new pair of jeans. Just a set a goal, achieve it, and reward yourself!

2. EAT SMART 

The best way to take control of your nutrition is to track what you are eating and know what is in it. Download the MyFitness Pal app or go  here to log your Nutrition. It will allow you to log the foods you eat and tell you exactly what is in it. You will be able to set goals and it will tell you what your recommended calories and Macro Nutrient (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) goals are. Allow yourself to eat a holiday treat if it fits your macro goal for the day. It is better to eat in moderations than depriving yourself of the treats and then eating 75 servings on a “cheat day”.

3. MAKE EXERCISE A PRIORITY

Holidays are filled with events and parties so usually the first thing that gets cut from your normal schedule is your workout. Put exercise at the top of your To Do list every single day. Another way to get more exercise is to plan events centered around physical activity and commit! There are tons of road races during the holidays (For a list in Atlanta check here) and several gyms have special holiday workouts. For example, CrossFit 140 will be having a workout on Thanksgiving. Find out what events your gym or communites are having and attend them! Or create your own and have a family football game or a neighborhood tennis match. Plan your exercise activities through out the holidays and stick to them!

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If you can incorporate these 3 simple tips over the holidays, you are in for a much healthier and happier holiday season!

Here’s to Healthy Holidays! Cheers!

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