It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I love the holiday season! I love being with my friends and family and celebrating this time of year. I love the lights, the music, and decorations. Sadly, most of the time spent with family and friends means crazy amounts of rich, heavy, and sweet foods. It’s everywhere! It begins in October and doesn’t stop until after Jan 1st. Most of us indulge “just this once” over and over again for weeks on end, without realizing it. Then before you know it, you don’t look as good in your leggings. So, I decided to put a list of 3 simple things you can do to avoid the “holiday weight gain.” They are super simple and effective and I hope they are a gentle reminder for you during this festive time.
1. Ditch the processed foods.
If it comes in a box, a bag, or in plastic wrap, just say no! Items high in salt, sugar, additives and artificial sweeteners are more difficult for our bodies to recognize and digest, plus they offer no real nutritional benefits. Instead of packaged and processed products, opt for real whole foods that your digestive tract knows and loves
2. Go to bed and sleep like you always do.
Maintain Your Sleep Schedule. Just because you have more opportunities to stay up late and party doesn’t mean you should. Go out and have fun, but call it quits early enough so that you can get plenty of sleep. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep each night.
3. Drink Alcohol in Moderation
Yes, you should watch your liquid calorie intake, but what you drink can also affect the quality of your sleep. Drinking too much alcohol or caffeine can interrupt your sleep and leave you feeling worn out the next day. Remember, moderation is key!
I want to leave you with this: List your top 2-3 favorite treats during the holidays and commit to having only those.
It helps me so much and I hope it works for you too!