I don’t know if anyone ever sets out to gain weight over the holidays. No one ever says, “Have a hefty holiday!”, but people do usually say ‘Happy Holidays!’ and happy usually means indulging to our hearts (or should I say stomach’s?) content.
These brief periods of weight gain, like the “freshman 15”, or the “working sedentary 20” that I experienced when I first started working are all things that ‘just happen’. They happen due to a lack of intention around a time when things are changing or very busy like the holidays.
What I want to propose to you is having a happy and a healthy holiday. By healthy, I intend to continue exercising, MOVE-ing and weighing the same as I do at the beginning of the holidays as I do at the end of them.
Top 5 tips for having a Happy and Healthy Holidays
1. Eat a healthy and balanced breakfast which includes protein.
If you’re eating a decent breakfast you won’t be so hungry by dinner time!
2. Drink plenty of water. Water helps with maintaining metabolism and also helping you feel full.
3. MOVE more! Holidays are a time to sit around and watch old black and white classics. Try to get your exercise in, but if you can, commit to getting up off the couch once every 30 to 60 min to either stand, stretch, or squat. All three will have the benefit of maintaining good blood flow/pressure, and help keep your metabolism stoked.
4. Eat HALF or three quarters of the carbohydrates you would normally eat and replace that with more protein and vegetables. Usually there are so many choices at these holiday meals that we take a portion of everything that’s available. Try to notice how many different sources of carbs (that’s rice, pastas, breads) there are and only take what you would be able to fit on one hand (fingers together). This might mean take only a spoonful or two if there are 5 or more sources of carbohydrates.
5. Sweets! Eat, enjoy but don’t overindulge. Take a smaller portion and savour each mouthful one bite at a time as slowly as possible. Eat mindfully which means being present with every sensation. Notice the textures, tastes and sights of the food you are eating.
If you do all 5 of these tips, you should be able to fit into your clothes just fine by the end of the holidays. Maybe doing all 5 seems too much. Is there one or two you could pick that seem more manageable?
I can’t be the only one who wants to have a healthy holiday. So if you are interested in joining our Facebook group (It will be a private and closed group called: A happy healthy holiday with MOVE) you can let me know in the comments below or messaging me directly and I will add you to the group. In the group, you can share tips with others, ask me specific questions, and receive support and encouragement from the group.
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