It is the most wonderful time of the year. Really? While I hope it is filled with lots of joy, happiness, and love, who am I kidding? This is a very stressful time of year for most of us.
Between hanging up the Christmas lights, which by the way there should be a law that you cant turn them on until December 1st, and fighting the crowds at the mall, liquor store, grocery store, writing and mailing holiday cards, buying gifts for the family, loved ones, teachers, bus drivers, neighbours, friends, clients, going to work holiday parties with people we really don’t care to see outside of work, hosting Christmas dinner with the whole family…..well, you get the picture. Don’t worry there is a way to make things feel a little less overwhelming and stressful.
5 Tips For Surviving The Holidays:
- Sleep! There will be lots of late nights so do your best to not spread yourself too thin with committing to every party and get together. Lack of sleep will shoot cortisol and hormone levels through the roof and all you will crave is refined carbohydrates…..not good for maintaining the waistline.
- Don’t leave the house on an empty stomach! I meet so many women who think that by not eating all day you can over indulge when you are at a party. Not true! You are more likely to consume 2-3 times more calories than your daily allowance. It is better to eat a few small meals or snacks throughout the day so blood sugar levels don’t drop. Plus you will make smarter food choices when you are out and this will leave you feeling a lot better about yourself in the morning.
- Exercise! You may not be in your regular fitness regime over the holidays but every little bit helps. 10-minute power blast workouts are totally achievable. Pick your 10 favorite exercises and do them for 60 seconds each with no recovery time in between. This will keep you on track and leave you feeling energized, reduce stress, burn calories, and sweat out those toxins.
- Hydration! Drinking lots of water is always good but especially this time of year when we are consuming more alcohol and salty foods. As soon as dehydration sets in, the body pulls moisture from the skin leaving you feeling like a dried up raisin. Hydrating with lots of water will give your skin a nice glow, more energy, and you will again make better food choices because hunger can sometimes stem from dehydration.
- 3 drink maximum for the evening! Alcohol beverages are loaded in calories and they will add up very quickly….again not great for the waistline. Stick to the same drink for the evening, no mixing, and alternate with a bubbly water in between drinks. You will save a ton of calories and avoid a nasty hangover.
I know I sound like a big bah humbug Scrooge but remember you can still eat, drink, and be merry; you just have to be smart about it.
Wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday this year.
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