How to Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy During the Holidays
The winter solstice will soon be upon us. For many of us, the extended darkness and colder temperatures of winter leads to thoughts of hibernation. It’s a time to curl up by the fire, read a good book, watch a movie, and eat comfort foods. It’s also a good time to turn inward, slow down, and take stock.
But out of the darkness eventually will come light and renewed interest and commitment to your goals – if not right now, then in January.
Winter and holiday time should not negate all of the progress you’ve made on the journey to be fit for fertility. Planning appropriately can make all the difference. If you know you’ll spend the night sitting and relaxing, then cut back on your daily calories and consider eating your largest meals at breakfast and/or lunch (a good habit to form anyway). If you know it will be hard to get motivated to go to the gym once you head home for the night, then plan a walk at lunch time or in the morning before work. You can also pick up a video or stream a home workout on your computer or television.
If holiday parties are on your calendar, then you must plan in advance. Here are several good strategies to stay in check:
- Holiday appetizers may be especially tempting; allow yourself one of each so you don’t feel deprived – but you still maintain control.
- Drink water before and during the party so you feel full.
- Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast and lunch so you don’t overeat at dinner.
- Opt for low calorie drinks, like wine spritzers, over sugary cocktails.
- Limit your alcohol to one or two drinks, and for every alcoholic beverage, be sure to drink a full glass of water or club soda.
- Think before heading back for seconds—are you really still hungry? Or is going to the buffet just a way to avoid small talk with work colleagues or distant relatives?
- Allow yourself a treat for dessert if what is being served is really worth the indulgence. If not, see if there is fruit or sorbet available instead.
Remember, the New Year will be here before you know it, and you’ll want to make and keep those resolutions. Enjoy the holidays and all the wonderful traditional foods, but PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
Staying mindful of your food intake and exercise output through out the rest of this month will help make it easier to rededicate yourself to FITNESS and HEALTH in 2014!
And please join us in 2014 as we kick off WORKSHOPS on fitness fertility and nutrition. More on that next month!