Danger ahead! Irresistible treats have been lurking everywhere lately, right? It starts with the first candy bar at Halloween, and ends with the last cocktail on New Year’s Eve. This time of year we are surrounded with temptations wherever we go. Cookies! Fudge. A million types of bark. I totally get it and relate. Treats, in all their glory, are everywhere.
Staying on track is so important this time of year. We want to look and feel our best as we celebrate these special times. I’ve got you covered with a few of the tips that have helped me over the the years to enjoy the holidays, but in a balanced and healthy way.
7 Tips to Stay on Track
First rule of thumb is your attitude. Do not allow a occasional treat to turn into a vacation mentality. If you are too good or maybe too strict you can begin to feel deprived. Then one treat turns into many and we’re ready to throw all caution to the wind! Do not let this be you. Extremes are never good and sampling everything is not necessary to have fun or enjoy this time of year. Your plan should never be that you’ll start your diet in the New Year. Who wants to start a new year with such big rocks to move?
Keep Your Routine
By keeping to our routine most of the time we can feel good and can perform well. Do not forgo your workouts to do more Christmas shopping! Stay organized so that you still find that time you need to get active. Pack your clothes if you need and be prepared. Keep your meals lean and healthy if you are eating at home or getting food ready to take to work.
Wine and chocolate are two of my favorite extras and I probably have them a few times week. Whatever your go-to treats are save them for a special occassion. Instead of a glass of wine any night – save it for a social situation. This way you can enjoy your extras completely guilt-free.
Never Go Hungry
The worst. When you go to a party or a dinner get together you have no idea what to anticipate. For example, my family was infamous for serving and eating tons of appetizers while we waited for the main meal to be ready. Not everyone operates like this and you may be the hot side of hungry by the time the food rolls out.
Eat a snack at least so you don’t want to rip the table cloth off the table or will jump at any food that arrives – good for you or not!
Take a Dish
Everyone appreciates this one. Plus, you get the peace of mind of knowing there is something you had control in cooking. Even something as easy as hummus and raw veggies could be the perfect thing to bring!
Check out this blog post I published recently with a very simple recipe.
The cold temps don’t help too much with this, but it’s really important to stay active. Walk around the mall or try a new activity. Ice skating anyone?
Spread the Cheer
As much as there is good food galore and get togethers this time of year it’s not really what it’s about. Presents and treats are wonderful. However, they should not be our focus When in doubt, just remind yourself what you are really celebrating.