It’s time to start looking forward to Christmas, winter break and New Year’s — all of which are occasions of celebration. However, the festive season can also bring about some challenges to our physical and emotional health.
BodyBlocks would like to help you make sure this doesn’t happen. Here’s how:
Enjoy your food slowly
It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to communicate with the brain that you’ve had enough to Eat, so go slow. Take small bites, and savor the flavors. If you stop eating once you’re satisfied, you’ll avoid that uncomfortable full belly and sluggishness.
Eat your vegetables
By making sure that your holiday food stock has plenty of clean eating veggies, you’ll be sure to have something to fill up on that you can feel good about. Aim for 6-10 servings daily. Spread whatever veggies you might have on hand onto a baking sheet, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and you’re on your way to the most simple and healthy side dish.
Start your day with a healthy breakfast
Always remember that skipping a protein-rich breakfast in the morning makes high calorie food seem more appealing later in the day. Setting a healthy intention each morning by eating a nutritious breakfast will set us off in the right direction of making healthier choices throughout the day.
You should be active at least four to five times a week, preferably with some aerobic exercise every day like walking, jogging running or cycling. Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year. Try to get your loved ones to join you for quality bonding time.
It can be difficult to distinguish between hungry and thirsty sometimes, so a good trick to make sure you’re eating because you’re actually hungry and not just because temptation is all around you, is to have a glass of water first. If after a while, you’re still hungry, then have something to eat. Additionally, start of your day with a huge glass or water with lemon squeezed into it to start your day off clean.
Between all the gatherings and fun activities, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of your health. One of the best times to loyally stick to your supplement schedule is over the holidays when we may be not making the best food choices. Take a planned minute out of your day to take your supplements to keep on the right track.
Remember that this time of year is about family and friends, not just indulgent food. Focus your energy into spending quality time with loved ones or enjoying your trip and worry less about how many calories you’ve had or whether you should sneak a cookie or not. If you have a moment of weakness or slip up, don’t sweat it, there’s always a way and time to get right back on track.