6 Tips for Avoiding Weight Gain During the Holidays
In the thick of the holiday season, with office parties, neighborhood get-togethers and family celebrations, food is often the star of the show. With tempting deserts on every tabletop and the hustle and bustle of the season, how is one to navigate all of this goodness without putting on “the holiday 10”? Keep reading for 6 simple tips on how to joyfully dance through the season and stay light on your feet.
- Say “no” to seconds: Merely sticking to one cookie or one slice of pie rather than two is one of the easiest ways to literally cut calories in half.
- Replace processed dishes with whole food choices: Selecting whole, unprocessed foods such as yams rather than pastas, for example, will decrease your sugar and calorie intake significantly. You’ll notice energy levels stabilizing as a bonus.
- Bring a healthy dish: Showing up to a holiday gathering, food in hand, not only makes you a popular guest, but ensures you’ll have access to a tasty and healthy meal option as well.
- Keep it moving: Park further away from your destination. Briskly walking those extra steps several times a day really adds up and will help burn off the richer foods we tend to indulge in during the holidays and keep you feeling energized.
- Stick to your routine: If you have a healthy routine that involves physical exercise, it may be tempting to let that slide during the holiday season, but sticking to your yoga class or morning walk will help you stay balanced, feeling great and will put you in a better frame of mind to make healthier food choices as well. If you don’t have a fitness routine, this is a great time to start one!
- Get enough sleep: With all of the activities and busyness that often come with the holidays, it may seem time-efficient to burn the candle at both ends. Without proper sleep, however, the body has a hard time regulating hunger hormones which, in addition to slowed metabolism that comes with sleep deprivation, can lead to packing on some extra pounds.
Enjoy the season and Happy Holidays from Wholistic Chiropractic!
In Health and Happiness,
Dr. Richard Gerardo
D.C., C.S.C.P., D.A.C.B.N.