Survive (and actually enjoy) the holidays!

19 Dec

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The holiday season, while meant to be a time of cheer, can easily become a time of stress. There’s so much to do and so much pressure to do it all with style. Am I right? I feel it, I know you do too. Add to that all the delicious holiday food, well-intentioned neighbors bringing over platefuls of yummy treats, company parties at tempting restaurants . . . It’s easy to, well, not feel so well during the holidays. Here are my five tips to help you not only survive but maybe actually enjoy the holidays this year:

  1. Eat. Yup, that’s right. Eat. And enjoy what you eat. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t feel jolly when my family is chowing down on chocolate cookies and I’m standing there with only my will power to keep me company. So I am giving you the go ahead to eat. But, (you knew that was coming, didn’t you?) only eat a little. Have cookie, not three or four. Have a taste of your grandma’s fudge, but just a taste. Order something delicious at your company party but only eat until you feel satisfied–not full! Then, the rest of the time, stick with whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and lots and lots for fresh fruits and veg.
  2. Make time for exercise. Seriously, you will thank immediately post workout. Get out and run, snow shoe, whatever gets you active. Pressed for time? Try the Minute-by-minute workout. You’ll be covered in sweat and swimming in endorphins in no time.
  3. Sleep. People, people, people, I cannot stress this enough: Needing sleep is not a sign of weakness, it is a condition of mortality. You must sleep to remain healthy. You will earn no badges for staying up all night to finish addressing those holiday cards. Now, hit the sack!
  4. Drink water. Drink a glass of water before each meal and two glasses before breakfast. Drink water instead of that soda you think you need. If you are one to imbibe, drink a glass of water with a slice of lime instead of that second alcoholic beverage you absentmindedly picked up. Be mindful that while processed, white sugar has four calories per gram, alcohol contains seven calories per gram. If you’re going to drink your calories, choose wisely.
  5. Slow down. Really, just slow down and enjoy your family. The house can be cleaned tomorrow. The dishes can wait an extra 15 minutes to be done. Sit with your loved ones a little longer and remember the real reason for the season.

Merry Christmas!

 
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