December 5, 2017 by Heather

How to Avoid Over-Indulging During the Holiday Season

The festive season is a time to sit back and enjoy family, food, and celebrations. It’s one of those times of the year when we feel we’re allowed to indulge just a little. It is the holiday season after all! But between gift shopping, food planning, and visiting family, the whole process can get a little stressful, to say the least, and we often find ourselves stuffing our face and overindulging a little more than we anticipated.

Below are 5 tips to keep in mind as we go into the holiday season:

Take walks
Feeling stuffed and full after your meal? Getting out with the family for a brisk walk can be fun and exciting for everyone. It also forces you to have a break from sneaking in a few extra nibbles, allowing your body the time to digest.

Don’t forget to exercise
“Forgetting” to exercise is probably one of the most common mistakes people make. We all make the excuse that we have no time or that we’ll get back on track during the New Year. We’re not doing ourselves any favors by skipping out on our workouts, and we definitely have the time to fit in a quick HIIT fitness workout at least 5-10 minutes a day, even on the busiest of days. We’ll feel better, and most likely be less inclined to over eat.

Serve Small Portions
Yes, the holiday season is a time to indulge – not OVER indulge. When plating up a dinner party always remember portion control. Going back for seconds is practically impossible to resist, which is why serving yourself a small portion to begin with is a smart choice, as it justifies a second helping.

Remember to eat 5X a day
Forgetting to eat enough fruit or vegetables during the season is quite common as there are WAY too many goodies to snack on instead. Make it a priority to eat a piece of fruit for breakfast and to make vegetables the first serving on your plate at mealtimes.

Also, adding a daily multivitamin supplement can be beneficial to balance out the less nutritional foods you may be eating extra of.

The New Year Resolutions
Yes, it is possible to enjoy your holiday season and still slide into the New Year wearing your favorite skinny jeans.

As you go into the season make a plan to keep a few rules to your festivities and you won’t have to make such strict New Year resolutions because you’ll still be feeling great.

What steps are you going to take to stay healthy this season, and what are your biggest challenges that you face during the holidays? Please share below!