Are you having anxiety or worries about maintaining all of your hard earned workouts, healthier eating and meal planning efforts over the Holiday season? You are not the only one!
Christmas holidays all on their own can be stressful with buying gifts, managing finances, organizing events for work and family let alone thinking about how you are going to fit in your workouts and stay on track with your diet!
The first thing that is important to do - is to STOP WORRYING. The Holidays are usually only 1-2 weeks long for most people and having a dessert or two or skipping a workout or two is not going to destroy your goals! A lot of the time, if you are able to focus on managing your thoughts about being stressed out, you will make it through alive and with no reason to worry!
We all recognize that heightened stress and emotions can lead to overeating, depression, stifled motivation and can lead to all kinds of negative actions that you can seriously avoid all together over the holiday season - controlling your thoughts!
So, Take a Deep Breath and try some of these tips to rock n' roll through Christmas feeling fabulous, sexy in that Christmas party dress or bikini on your annual vacation down south!
1. Don't Skip Breakfast! Eat breakfast like any other time of the year, just because its the holidays and you may have eaten that dessert last night - it's important to maintain daily breakfasts! If you skip out on breakfast, you will end up hungrier at the middle - end of the day which may lead to overindulging at dinner and causing a domino effect for the following day!
2. Veggies, veggies, and more veggies! And LOTS of Water! When given the option, fill your plate with as many vegetables as possible. Eating starchy, high-carb foods over Christmas is usually what throws people off of their 'wagon' and this can be avoided by skipping the breads, potatoes and indulging in as many colourful and delicious vegetables! You will feel better and more in control! I'm not saying skip the bread and goodies all together, but definitely limit these and opt-in for those yummy glazed carrots! Also - remember to drink lots of water to flush out toxins and keep that metabolism rolling!
3. Keep healthy fruits, vegetables, hummus and lighter options in stock in your Fridge! Prepare an extra plate of grapes, rice crackers, hummus and veggies for snacking! Having these items prepared ahead of time will definitely promote healthier choices and you might even find yourself choosing these food items over the goodies plate, after all you HAVE been practising better self control in the past few months to get the body and healthy mind that you want... right?? :)
4. Exercise! Games! Everyone at Christmas loves playing games! Why not get games that promote activity? Charades, Twister, Football in the snow - encourage family and friends to get outside for a walk and enjoy the fresh crisp winter air! Everyone will feel better for it. Especially the kids in the family. Once again, organizing this ahead of time is usually key in following through with it, so have some of these games ready and give everyone a heads up - maybe even through in incentives - whoever wins the snow football game gets to eat dessert first!
There will always be challenges around the holiday season with keeping healthy and choosing healthier meal choices. Preparation is key and once you get into this habit, every holiday season forthcoming will seem that much easier and you will actually look forward to it instead of having anxiety, fear of gaining weight or feeling sluggish!
Holidays are for enjoying - and at the end of the day, if you have that extra eggnog drink or dessert, feel gratitude for being able to enjoy these things instead of guilt! Change your thoughts, change your body, change your life!