Ten Tips to Survive The Holidays

The holiday season is once again upon us! While there will be plenty of opportunities to overindulge, there’s no reason to throw good health and nutrition completely out the window. Read on for simple tips and strategies to have a healthy, happy, and enjoyable holiday season!

1. DON’T SAVE UP CALORIES FOR THE PARTY

Limiting calories throughout the day to save up for an evening of indulgence usually backfires. Arriving hungry makes it even more difficult to make healthy food choices and keep your portions in check. Before a party, have a light snack, such as fruit and yogurt or a bowl of high-fibre cereal and milk.

2. INDULGE MODERATELY BY KEEPING AN EYE ON PORTION SIZES

Constantly trying to resist temptation will only make you crave treat foods even more (and when you inevitably give in you’ll eat twice as much). Sample small portions of less healthy items so that you can satisfy your cravings without compromising good health.

3. STICK WITH FESTIVE TREATS THAT ONLY COME AROUND ONCE A YEAR

Don’t fill up on treats you can have any time. Stick with seasonal specialties that you look forward to all year long. If  you don’t love it, don’t bother eating  it.

4. LET YOUR EYES FEAST FIRST

Before loading up your plate at the first sight of food, scan the room first to see what foods are available and choose accordingly. Start with some healthy items, such as raw veggies or plain seafood, and then choose small portions of the less nutritious items that you really want to have.

5. DON’T MINGLE BY THE BUFFET TABLE

Fix yourself a plate, and then move away from the food. Having to return to the table will help you keep track of what you’re eating and prevent mindless nibbling.

6. BE SELECTIVE ABOUT BEVERAGES

Traditional holiday beverages can pack a LOT of calories. Limit your intake of festive coffee beverages and opt for light eggnog options or try diluting regular varieties with skim milk. Avoiding alcohol will save you a lot of calories, but if you do indulge, stick with light beer, wine, or clear liquors (like vodka and gin) to save on sugar and calories. Always choose a calorie-free mixer, such as soda water or diet pop, or flavour your drinks with fresh fruit or a small splash of fruit juice.

7. CHEW GUM WHEN YOU FEEL YOU’VE EATEN ENOUGH

Pop a piece of minty gum in your mouth once you’ve decided to stop eating. This will help keep you from reaching back for more food just because it’s in front of you. You can also do this while baking and cooking to avoid mindless nibbling in your own kitchen.

8. STAY WELL HYDRATED

Keep a bottle of water with you while shopping and running errands, and always alternate each alcoholic beverage you consume with a glass of water or soda water

9. MAKE GOOD HEALTH YOUR PRIORITY ANY DAY YOU CAN

Not every day of the season has to be a write off! Eat a more nutritious diet on the days you don’t have parties planned and keep as many meals as possible nutritious and well-balanced during the days you do. Make some room for physical activity, even if the gym is off your radar until January. Try skating and sliding, or go for an evening stroll to see the houses decorated in your neighborhood.

10. ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON – GUILT FREE

Why give yourself another stress this holiday season? Enjoy good food, good drinks, and good company – without feeling bad about it! Nutrition and exercise is important year round, and the above tips will help you survive the holiday season with health in mind. But what you do the other 11 months of the year is far more important than what you do during the holiday season!

FAST AND EFFECTIVE AT-HOME WORKOUT

If you’re finding it hard to make it to the gym or don’t have time for your usual lengthy workout, try out this 10 minute workout any time you have a few moments to spare! Aim to squeeze in a set once per day at least, but feel free to do multiple sets spread throughout the day if you’re able. For information on how to safely perform these moves, contact your Definitions representative or info@definitionsonline.com.

ExerciseTime (seconds)Rest (seconds)
Body Weight Squats
3030
Push-Ups3030
Split Squat (Right Leg)3030
Split Squat (Left Leg)3030
Plank to Push-up3030