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3 Tips to get through the Holidays10:34 AMJaime Messina
Lets face it, October is when it starts. The halloween candy has been on the shelves for over a month now. Every where we turn there will be a snickers, reeses, or candy corn. For me, this is PURE EVIL! I LOVE reeses peanut butter cups!! The day after Halloween every one is trying to get rid of their Halloween candy....and then comes November....and Thanksgiving. It's the biggest feast of the year, the weather is colder, and your mind is onto holidays, shopping, family, cooking, school parties, black Friday, reunions and everything else under the sun. It is NOT focused on your own personal health. Then comes December and holiday parties, feasts, cocktails, and desserts. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this time of year. I look forward to my stuffed artichoke on Thanksgiving, and the feast of the seven fishes on Christmas eve, but I do NOT look forward to feeling tired, out of shape, and unhealthy which tends to happen during this time. You don't have to feel that way. You can enjoy the holidays AND feel healthy, you just have to stay ahead of the game!
Now is an important time. It is the time to get into a routine, and stick to it. I know the next couple months can get extremely busy, but that does not mean you should throw in the towel for now and pick back up January 1st. Lots of times we use these months as an excuse to over indulged and keep over indulging because we are busy, stressed, and tell ourselves we will start on the first. The thing is, most people never actually start on the first, and feeling unhealthy mixed with the winter weather can be a cause for some serious depression. I don't want you to feel that way, so here are some tips to keep yourself on track, starting now!
Tip #1 Don't hand out Candy on Halloween!
Ok, I don't want to sound like a party pooper here, I know for most the best part of Halloween is candy, but there are other things that are just as fun to hand out. By not having the candy sitting around your house, you are way less likely to eat it all month right? Right! So here are some examples of non candy things that you could hand out on halloween.
You could hand out little toys or bracelets.
Mini Play-dough containers
I don't recommend this because for me it doesn't matter how "healthy" candy is...I can't stop at one, BUT if you are dead set on handing out candy on Halloween try a better for you version. UnReal Candy is an all natural alternative!
Tip #2 Celebrate in Moderation
This is a big one for me because I really do love the holidays, and there are certain things I look forward to such as my all time favorite stuffed artichokes. Completely restricting yourself from everything is not fun, and dangerous because completely eliminating something from your diet or life can have the opposite effect and make you want it more. So come thanksgiving, I still enjoy everything that is out on the table, I just don't go over board. I have found that in the past I would fill up so much on the apps and bread before hand that I never even really made it to the dinner, so I stopped doing that. Instead of filling up on carbs, I brought a healthy app and had some of that.
Even though its a holiday I still fit my workout in, you can even make it fun by doing a turkey trot or a santa run. I also try to focus more on helping out in the kitchen, and making conversation with guests rather than focus mainly on eating everything in site.
#3 Hold Yourself Accountable
Find a friend, or a challenge group to keep you on track for the next 3 months. There are going to be a LOT of temptations, and when you have someone else holding you accountable it is easier to stay on track! Schedule workouts with your buddy, make meal plans for the week and follow through, and schedule in your cheats!
As long as you don't just throw in the towel, and go overboard the next 3 months expecting to pick it all up on January 1st, you will be fine! We all like to enjoy certain things on the holidays, and that is ok...it's all about moderation, and sticking to a routine!
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