Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Healthy Holidays

"My three biggest pieces of advice for surviving the holiday season are to avoid skipping meals, wear real pants and, if you want dessert, put it on a real plate and enjoy it thoroughly." 

Shira Lenchewski, RD, author of The Food Therapist

Avoid Skipping Meals
Make sure you eat a filling breakfast and lunch before a dinner engagement or cocktail party. Include protein and whole-grain carbs at each meal, adding in a few more servings of veggies than you normally do. This strategy will leave you satisfied so that you don't arrive at the event ravenous. Eating regularly will keep you full enough to make conscious choices that let you enjoy the delicious holiday food without gluttony.

Wear Real Pants
Yoga pants are for yoga. Don't fall into the trap of wearing them all day long for shopping, errands, etc. The stretchy fabric can hide holiday weight-gain and leave you feeling uncomfortable in January. Let your clothes be a helpful guide to tell you if it is time to leave that extra cookie on the plate and slip in another gym class for the week.

Enjoy Dessert
Spend your calories on the treat you enjoy most. When you get a chance to have a special Christmas bread or cookie, sit down with a plate (yes, a plate), making a conscious choice to eat dessert, and savor every bite. Spend time noticing the flavors and textures from your memories. Give yourself the gift of time to enjoy it.

Use these three strategies to survive the holiday season and 
welcome January with energy.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food

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