For most, the holiday season is a time spent with family and friends, stretched out over the course of one to two months, with most weekends (and some weeknights) filled with indulgent dinners and nights out on the town, celebrating the year and each other.
A question that I get a lot this time of year is “how do you attend all of these events without overdoing it and feeling like you’re back at square one once the New Year arrives?” My answer is three simple steps:
Everything in moderation
Maintain your normal eating habits
Staying active doesn’t have to mean slaving away at the gym 5+ days a week. It can be as simple as parking in the back of a parking lot as opposed to up close, shoveling the driveway, or even cleaning the house. The key is to make sure that you’re not sitting for extended periods of time, both at work and at home.
Everything in Moderation
If you want to sample three different Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve, by all means enjoy yourself, but be mindful of the other things you’re filling up on throughout the evening. Balance your meal by making sure that one quarter of your plate is filled with protein, one quarter with carbs, and one half with vegetables (never skimp on these!). If you’re enjoying a few glasses of wine or champagne, make sure you’re also staying hydrated by drinking water between glasses.
Maintain Your Normal Eating Habits
A lot of people restrict what they eat before the holidays and then overeat when the holidays arrive. Instead, maintain your normal eating habits and eat mindfully, including the day of your holiday get together so that you don’t feel deprived and go on an “eat all the things” binge (been there, done that). Also, don’t let one meal or night out with friends derail all of the hard work you’ve been putting in at the gym and in the kitchen. Enjoy your indulgent meal, but get back to your meal plan at your next meal (this is 100% KEY).
What are your top tips for enjoying the holiday season without overdoing it?