Yes, we are well into the season of fast food, parties, shopping, eating too much, drinking too much, exercising too little and throwing to the wind our best intentions to stick with a healthy life style, …BUT WAIT! It does not have to be that way. You can stay with your healthy life- style during the holidays with a little pre-planning an awareness.
Stick to your normal “healthy” lifestyle as much as possible!
- Get as much sleep as possible. Strive for 7-9 hours a night. Turn the TV off (you can watch the same show as a re-run later!) Or record them so you can enjoy them when you are not thinking” I really should be getting to bed.” You will enjoy them much more on your schedule.
- Eat breakfast every day….make it a priority. Get up a little early, make it the day before so you can heat it up and have something healthy. Make it to go! This does not mean to hit the drive through each day.
- Drink a cup of warm water with a fresh squeezed lemon in it each morning. This will give you a feeling of clean and will set your body up in the alkaline state which will help with digestion, elimination, and general health. Give up coffee if you dare! Only 1-2 c. per day.
- Before you eat a meal drink a large glass of water. Carry water with you everywhere.
- Be sure to schedule meals and plan ahead. Take time on Sunday or one evening to plan what you want to serve and check the ingredients for the grocery list. Make more than one meal at a time or cook on the weekend for every night so you know what is being served and you are not caught with a late night and give in to the drive through, eating out or pizza.
- Use your crock pot.
- Plan a meal each week as your “cheat meal”. Plan it into your party and social schedule.
- Before you go to a party be sure to eat a small amount of food at home before you leave. Some lean protein with some fruit or whole grain. And a full glass of water. This will keep you from eating too much.
- At a party or holiday buffet fill your plate with 2/3 vegetables and fruit before adding lean protein and any sweets. Munch on the raw vegetables not on the cookies and candy. Chew some gum instead of more food. Don’t go back to the buffet for seconds. Stop eating for 20 minutes to allow yourself to feel full.
- When you do eat candy or sweets team them with some protein.
- Maintain an exercise program…don’t let days go by without 30 min. of exercise. March while you are watching TV. Walk the mall twice before you shop. Keep exercise in your daily schedule.
- Take healthy snacks with you when shopping or in the car for running to and from events. You will be much less tempted to do the drive through or order in.
- Keep your at home snacks healthy and in individual sized packages.
- Freeze or give away any leftovers that don’t fit your healthy lifestyle.￼￼￼￼
These suggestions may help you keep a healthy lean lifestyle during the holidays and it will help you stay healthy. There is a reason why people get ill following the holidays. I don’t be- lieve it is that we are in contact with more “bugs” but it is that we allow our bodies to run down and get in the lowest level of health. We eat too much, we sleep too little, we don’t exercise, we eat the wrong foods…this season make a commitment to yourself and your loved ones to value your healthy lifestyle during the holidays. Keep your body running on raw vegetables, fruits, lean protein and only a small serving of Aunt Jane’s Date Pudding, John’s Cream Pie or your sisters Peanut Butter Fudge…Maintain an exercise program and drink lots of water.
May you and your family all be healthier and happier this season than ever before.
It is a choice.
May you Choose to Live a Healthy Lean Lifestyle this holiday season so that you have a head start on reaching your new year goals for 2013.