It’s holiday season and it can be a very stressful time of the year. But instead of focusing on all the weight gain and overeating stories which show up everywhere, we should concentrate on other reasons for the holidays. Spending time with family, friends and appreciating a healthy and good life. Don’t torture yourself with worries if you will eat or drink too much during these couple of days. I found this quote which brings it to the point:
“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.” Author unknown
But that said, it doesn’t mean that you can completely “let go” of your good habits. Just take it easy on yourself and set some simple rules.
Don’t expect everything to go as planned.
You might not be able to do the workout you always do on that day. Be spontaneus and perfrom squats and push-ups wherever you can. Run or lunge up the stairs and do tricep dips on the chair. Your body likes a change in his routine and is always appreciative of a new challenge.
Get the family involved
Go for a walk after a big meal and play some outdoor games. The fresh air will energize you and helps your digestion. Remind your family to sit up straight during the meal. It’s not only about good manners but it also aids your breathing and digestion. That way oxygen can get in your body which we need to break down and digest the food. If you are slouching your brain doesn’t receive the signal that you are “full” as fast and you overeat. It is also very bad for your back.
Make a judgement call on food
Eat what you are dreaming about and craving since the last holidays. But take it easy on the other dishes. Create a balance in your food choices. If you need to have the stuffing say no to the piece of cake and opt for a piece of fruit instead.
It’s all about enjoying yourself. Don’t make food the priority of your holidays but the time spent together with the people you love.