Hey there, it's Roxanne, and with the holiday season upon us, I wanted to share some quick tips to help you make the most of those Christmas parties and gatherings without derailing your health and fitness goals. Let's dive in!
1. Don't Skip Meals, Especially Before the Party:
Avoid the temptation to save up your calories for the big feast. Instead, stick to your regular eating routine. Ensure you have a balanced day with breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Eating a small protein or veggie snack before the event can curb excessive cravings when you arrive.
2. Stay Hydrated Throughout the Day:
Water is your ally. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it also helps control hunger. Sometimes what we interpret as hunger is actually thirst. So, drink plenty of water before and during the event to stay full and make more mindful choices.
3. Warm Up with Hot Drinks:
Before heading to the party, indulge in a hot beverage, whether it's coffee, tea, or even a warm broth. The warmth in your stomach can create a feeling of satisfaction, reducing the likelihood of overindulging in sugary treats.
4. Exercise, Even in Small Ways:
If time allows, squeeze in some movement. Whether it's walking, using the stairs, or a quick session on a stationary bike, every bit counts. Aim for 10,000 steps a day to help counterbalance the extra holiday calories.
5. Be Mindful at the Party:
Once you're at the event, take a moment to assess your hunger. If you're not overly hungry, you're less likely to overeat. Opt for smaller portions and savor the flavors of the festive treats without going overboard.
6. Enjoy Treats in Moderation:
It's okay to indulge in holiday treats, but keep portions in check. Enjoy your favorites in moderation, savoring each bite. This way, you can satisfy your cravings without feeling guilty afterward.
7. Incorporate Hot Drinks at the Party:
If possible, continue sipping on hot beverages during the event. It can be a simple strategy to prevent going back for unnecessary seconds or thirds.
Remember, the holiday season is a time for celebration, and you don't have to deprive yourself of the joyous moments. By adopting these tips, you can navigate the festivities while maintaining a healthy balance. Cheers to a happy and guilt-free holiday season!