Enjoy the Day – Not the Season – We all have cheat days NOT cheat weeks! Here’s a great opportunity to use those hard-earned days of indulgence for one of the many get togethers that you are hosting or attending. Just make sure that you stick to the 24-hour rule of enjoyment.
Maintain Your Schedule – We all know that it takes an average of 21 days to form a habit and just 3 days to break it. Don’t push your routine aside for a few days of merriment. You might find it difficult to get back!
Control Your Portions – No one said you can’t enjoy yourself, just stay clear of those heaping piles of food and multiple helpings. They will certainly set you back, not to mention the guilt.
Drink to be Merry, Not to be Sorry – Alcohol creates bad decisions that include unhealthy food cravings, poor portion control, over indulgence and others that you will surely regret later.
Water, Water Everywhere – Want to stay clean during the holiday season? Increase the volume of water you normally drink during the holidays. Experts say that doubling your water intake helps curb cravings, assists with hangovers and recovery.
NO SAMPLING PLEASE! – Did you know that the average person ingests close to 7,000 calories on Christmas Day. That’s double what Americans ate on Christmas Day in the 1940’s and one of the biggest culprits of this caloric explosion is nibbling on snacks before and after dinner. (See Tip #10 to assist you with this)
Let Go of the Leftovers – According to delish.com over 400,000 Americans get sick each year from Christmas leftovers. So, why take that chance? If you’re hosting for the holidays, have your friends and family bring food containers to take the excess food out of your home, thus removing the temptation.
Early to Bed, Early to Rise… – We’ve heard this old adage since forever, but it’s so true this time of year. Late nights mean unnecessary alcohol and food consumption. It also means less energy for workouts the next morning and even less time for recovery. Do yourself a favor and get your Zzzz.
Give Your System a Boost – With the sun setting early this time of year and colds including the flu on the rise, too much frolicking can wreak havoc on the body. Strengthen your immune system by increasing your Vitamin D, C and Omega 3 intake. Aside from the obvious benefits that vitamin D and C. provide, Omega 3 helps to counteract the effects of too much alcohol consumption by repairing brain cells and improving brain function.
Eat before The Event – Eating sensibly at home before you go out means you’ll be less hungry when you arrive at the company holiday party or family dinner. This means less temptation to over-eat and drink, giving you more time to enjoy the moment and make lasting memories!