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Many of us are aware of howto live a “healthy” life but are often tempted or exhausted into making poor choices during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Ensuring that you stay on track may seem to require nothing but a big serving of willpower, but in actuality, there are many things you can do to set yourself up for success.
Here are a few tips to keep you off the ‘naughty’ list and help you maintain healthy habits this holiday season.
|DON’T skip meals.||DO eat breakfast, as well as other meals throughout the day. Consuming regular meals will support balanced blood sugar levels and provide you with consistent energy and an improved stress response.|
|DON’T go shopping hungry.||DO eat a meal or light snack before going to the mall. This will ensure levelheaded decision making and less hasty choices.|
|DON’T rush to holiday parties famished.||DO bring your own side dish to be sure there is at least one thing you can consume that is healthy. We often revert to poor food choices when there is a lack of healthy choices available.|
|DON’T give into temptation all of the time.||DO choose your indulgences and save up for them. We all have special items that we look forward to all year – your mothers candied yams or your grandmother’s pecan pie. Consider your top favorites and then save up for those. This will limit meaningless indulgences, saving room for the ones that count.|
|DON’T splurge without reason.||DO allow yourself a splurge, but do something healthy before, such as taking a walk or eating some vegetables. This will make the indulgence that much more worth it.|
|DON’T feel shackled by traditional holiday recipes.||DO incorporate some healthy alternatives to those ever-so-calorie-dense traditional holiday meals (see below for some recipe ideas).|
|DON’T consider beverages a free pass.||DO be mindful of beverages. Not only do they often contain a hefty amount of sugar, but alcoholic beverages lessen inhibition and can render us more likely to overeat.|
|DON’T leave exercise for your New Year’s resolution.||DO find some time for activity and movement to encourage stress relief, mood stability and a metabolic boost.|
|DON’T leave everything until the last minute.||DO plan ahead. Create a “To Do” listnow to allow yourself the time to accomplish all that you need to throughout the holiday season. This will prevent last minute stress.|
|DON’T miss the sentiment of the season.||DO enjoy loved ones, participate in gatherings and find gratitude for all that you have in your life.|