Overall Health During the Holidays
by Pounds Staff
- Remember one meal won’t make or break your progress and health. Enjoy the holiday celebration and most importantly, get back on track the next day.
- No matter what you ate the night before-start your new day with a good breakfast
- Manage daily/weekly stress eating- What you do most frequently is the culprit, not one meal
- Keep up with normal prep for the week as there tend to be a lot of temptations around
- Consistent exercise can help motivate you to make good food choices
- Don’t use exercise to “earn” food choices. You cannot “out-exercise” poor food choices, it’s better to focus on the overall health benefits of exercise, not just calorie burning
- Use exercise as stress reduction. Here are some fun ideas:
- Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving
- Family flag football or backyard games
- Letterboxing or geode hikes
- Stress leads to mindless and more spontaneous eating instead of planned eating
- Identify triggers of holiday stress such as finances, travel, and celebrating the holiday with or without family members
- Once triggers have been identified, plan how to manage them:
- Holidays are fun but exhausting! When people are sleep deprived they often feel hungrier and less satisfied after meals.
- Aim to maintain your normal sleep pattern
- Harder to stay hydrated during colder months
- Thirst/hunger center in the same place in the brain
- Staying hydrated means less hunger!
- Try herbal teas to increase hydration when it’s cold:
- Harney & Sons- Chocolate mint
- Tazo- Dessert Delights, Passion
- Celestial Seasonings- Apple Cinnamon, Sleigh Ride Sugar Cookie