By Christina | November 22, 2007
Whether you indulge in extra helpings, less time at the gym, or additional seasonal snacks, the holidays typical bring on the “seasonal seven”. This is one trend you don’t need to participate in. There are several ways to beat the battle of the holiday bulge. These tips are for Thanksgiving as well as any time you find yourself overindulging.
Moderation. Of course, enjoy your holiday, eat all of your favorite Thanksgiving treats but eat just a little of each. Instead of half a pecan pie, try a small slice. Instead of serving two ladles full of gravy, drizzle a tablespoon atop your palm sized sering of mashed potatoes. Instead of eating the dark meat turkey legs, try a 3 oz serving of the breast which is less than 200 calories. There are ways for you to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day meal without paying the price that you will be regretting come January 1.
Plan Ahead. Create a plan now for your workouts. If you prioritize your time in the gym, on the road (runners), on your home fitness center, or wherever you get your workouts, you will have greater success in continuing to exercise during the busy holiday season.
Don’t Snack at the Office. Customers, clients and friends love to send holiday tins to the office filled with cookies, flavored popcorn, and chocoloate covered pretzels but that doesn’t mean you have to eat them! A tin on the desk is not a license to “feed at the trough”. Keep in mind tip number 1, moderation. Have a snack (if you must) - one piece – and move on. You will be amazed at how proud of yourself you are if you can just “say no.”
Look for healthy options. To be sure, every holiday party will have some healthy choices. Adjacent to the egg nog and rum ball trays will be a vegetable tray to be sure. Spend your time at the healthy table as much as possible.
Beware the alcohol. It is not only that alcohol contains empty calories but also once you have a drink (or four) you tend to forget how hard you have worked to reach your fitness and weight goals and adopt a “I will work it off tomorrow” attitude. Sip on one drink if you must but keep your mind clear so that you can focus.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving today. Today as you sit down with your friends and family take a moment and remember all that you are thankful for. Have a beautiful holiday.