Here are more proven strategies for holding holiday heft at bay; try some of this article‘s ideas to brave the craving urges.
Here’s another article that asks: Why do We Overeat During the Holidays? … and some practical suggestions to do reverse that via mindfulness and planning!
- Turn your back on temptation; face away (or walk away) from dessert tables, etc.
- Easy on the ethanol; reduce or eliminate alcohol for saner choices, including driving if you’re celebrating away from home and driving back.
- Plan a moderate indulgence; pick one favorite food; decide in advance how much you’ll have and stick to it.
- Choose tall and thin for glasses for holiday toasts and cheer; you’re less likely to fill to the top if it looks taller.
- Drink plenty of water; good old H2O makes you feel fuller and helps your digestion; choose water over sodas or juices
- Set realistic goals – if you’re already thinking of New Year’s resolutions or getting a jump on them.
- Keep positive and affirm what you do want.
- De-stress by reaching out to friends and family whose company you enjoy, playing games you like or other holiday favorite pastimes unique to your family and culture.
- Release limitations; squeeze in some aerobic fun (perhaps an exercise video game) to mix up the fun; your family and friends might also welcome the suggestion
- Participate in functional exercise that works all the muscle groups; walk or do activities when you can to maximize your metabolism.
- Get enough sleep; anticipating a storm in the weather forecast in the middle of the night or early AM hours? Turn in early and rise when you feel rested.
- Use the buddy system; find a partner who you can exercise with and/or provide mutual support via phone, computer chats, email, etc.
- Park the car at the far end of the parking lot, take the stairs instead of elevator, etc. Keep moving and motivated!
Did you miss last week’s suggestions that complement these suggestions? Here they are! Happy Holidays! 🙂