Saturday, December 22, 2007

6 Tips for a Healthy Holiday

6 Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Ah, yes, the butter tarts, shortbread, stuffing and my sisters amazing chocolate martinis are just around the corner! I am almost drooling on my keyboard as I type this!

So how do you control your holiday eating and maintain your exercise routine (because we all have one, right?)

Here are 6 simple ways to keep your waistlines in check and your energy abundant through the holidays.

1. Before your big feast, have an apple and a glass of water. This way you won’t be starving, and can avoid binging on appies before dinner is even served! And please, do not go for that second helping. If you can’t fit it on the first plate then you can’t fit it in your belly either.

2. Spend some special time with family EVERY DAY by going for a neighborhood walk, have a snowball fight, or just put some Christmas tunes on and dance together. Get everyone up and involved – go ahead – get ‘em up!

3. Eat a green smoothie for breakfast every day. You stock up on lots of vitamins and minerals, and can save the fat and carb calories for later. Start all of your other meals with fruit or vegetables as well. This will fill up your tummy a bit on the good stuff so that you don’t eat quite as much of the bad stuff! For some great green smoothie recipes go to http://tinyurl.com/2edp2e

4. You just know that I have to talk about those chocolate martinis! Please be kind to your bodies and drink responsibly. If you drink alcohol, really savor it. No gulping allowed! Take your time and enjoy every sip. Let it sit in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing it, and really experience the flavor and sensation it provides. Once you are done, move on to a glass of sparkling water with a splash of lemon. Drink it in a fancy glass, and know you are giving your body a special gift – health!

5. Speaking of chocolate, lets talk about sweets. The holidays just aren’t the same without all those yummy, gooey, and decadent treats. Be picky about your treats. If your favorite thing is shortbread, then enjoy a piece of shortbread. The same goes here as for alcohol – really enjoy it. Don’t eat it quickly in one bite because you feel guilty about it. You won’t have time to really savor it and then you will need another (and maybe another). Set a limit for yourself per day, and stick to it. Butter tarts might look great on the plate, but they aren’t so pretty on the hips!

6. Let yourself sit back and enjoy the season. Watch the kids playing with their new toys, chat with your friends or family. Stop doing and just be for a little while. Sit and watch the fire, or the lights on the tree. No one is really going to care if two napkins don’t match (or if you use paper towel for that matter,) so let a few chores slide this season and spend that time doing something that makes you happy!

I hope these suggestions help you have the healthiest holidays ever! Enjoy the season, just savor every treat, and take advantage of your days off to add in some exercise. Give yourself the gift of health this year – you deserve it!

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