- Having a quick snack before heading for a feast can keep you from over eating.
- During holidays, make sure you walk if you don't find a gym.
- Always carry some snacks to stop from buying fried snacks and hogging on sweets.
Holiday season is the time of the year which makes it difficult for us to stay focused on eating healthfully, exercising consistently and improving wellness.
With delicious treats and sweets everywhere; the weather gets colder, making you want to cozy up on the couch rather than go for a run; there's lots of travel and eating out; and there are tons of social events with indulgent foods and excessive alcohol.
‘Since the average weight gain during adulthood is about one to two pounds a year, which means much of midlife weight gain can be explained by holiday eating.’
You might feel obligated to eat certain things with family and friends. Stress can make you want to eat more to make the day more pleasant. And when you're taking care of so many guests, it can be hard to find a moment to take care of yourself. It is indeed a tricky time.
Grab a Bite before the feast
Eat a mini balanced meal before you leave your house - some protein, vegetables, a little fat and a little starch - so you feel satiated and calm.You will probably overeat, and your body will store the extra food as fat when you go for a dinner with an empty stomach.
Don't miss the vegetables
Vegetables are low in calories and full of nutrients, fibre and flavour, and they balance your palate, making you less likely to crave sugar and fat. Enjoy your splurges, but find a way to make vegetables part of your holiday meals.
Listen to your Tummy
We often grab the first food we see when it wasn't really a "gotta have it." Take a moment to survey the scene and decide what you want. What are your options? Take a long look at the appetisers at the cocktail party so you get the ones you really crave. Take ownership of your plate.
Sometimes, we feel hungry and crave sweets when all we need is some water. Airplanes and hotel rooms are usually very dehydrating, so you may not even realise how much water you need. Bring a water bottle and drink up before you choose to eat anything.
Work it Out Even If It's Not for an Hour
Even 10 minutes of exercise makes a difference, especially when you are out of town and cannot rely on your typical routine. Don't feel bad that you are missing out on your usual routine.
Pack Some snacks
Pre-portioned packages of nuts, fresh fruit, cut-up vegies, whole-wheat crackers and jerky, as well as bars made of clean ingredients such as nuts, dried fruits and spices, are usually the best bets for nonperishable goodies. If you are not travelling far, a sandwich, salad, leftovers or some yoghurt could be a good on-the-go snack.