Tips for surviving the holiday season while keeping fit.
By Ken Hunt
They’re Baaaaaaaccccck The Holidays Are Upon Us!
How are you going to handle the enormous amounts of delicious, fattening foods that go hand in hand with the holidays?
Learning to deal with the mass quantities of fattening food doesn’t have to be painful. Instead, get to the root of the holiday munchies:
Take the stress away.
Stress causes many of us to overeat. This year, cut out a few of the more stressful holiday events. It is OK to say, “No.” For example, put your foot down and don’t travel during the holidays. You are entitled to enjoy the holidays at home too.
Spending too much on gifts can also be an unneeded stress. Try telling relatives you’d like to cut down on gift giving this year… just tell the plain truth – money is tight,
Whatever the source of your stress, nail it down and remove it. And throw the guilt out the window.
Focus on holiday activities, not holiday food. Go ice-skating, or read a favorite holiday book.
Replace some of your high calorie holiday foods with low calorie or healthier options. Replace cookies with fruit, replace rich candies with nuts.
Put limits on what you allow yourself to eat.
Allow yourself 1-2 cookies of each different batch and then give the rest away to family, friends, and ex-boyfriendsâ€”better that they should be fat.
If you receive many baked goods as gifts – freeze them or bring them to work or serve them only when guests come over.
Going to a party? Don’t starve yourself all day so you can eat more at the party. You’ll end up eating the high fat foods to compensate. Need a dish to pass? Bring a healthy dish – like a fruit tray or a vegetable dish. Eat a variety of foods in smaller quantities.
Need to munch? Hang out at the fruit and vegetable trays. Your choice of beverage can make or break your entire day. Eggnog is the traditional diet killer.
At the gym, increase your time on the treadmill or elliptical . If you usually do 30 minutes try increasing it another 10 minutes. If you have fallen into a pattern and use the same program, change it up a bit. â€“increase the incline and increase your speed. Make this minor changes and you can enjoy a few more cookies at holiday time.
Adopt a new holiday philosophy that will change your life and your holiday eating habits: Take control â€“both mentally and physically. And once you begin, it will get easier.