Nutrition for the Body, Mind, and Spirit

HO HO HOliday Tips

HO HO HOliday Tips

It’s a marshmallow world in the winter! 


And along with marshmallows, all kinds of sugary treats are here to tempt you this holiday season. Staying on track with your health and fitness goals can become especially challenging during this time of year. With temptation constantly testing your willpower, here are a few tips on staying on track during the holidays:

 

 

Portion Control ~ With so many options at the dinner table, it’s easy to get carried way when loading up your plate. Practicing portion control is a great way to prevent exceeding your calorie needs. Key items to include on your plate are fibre-rich vegetables, grains, and a source of protein.

 

Digestive Enzymes ~ Supplementing with a digestive enzyme before or after a heavy meal can do wonders for your digestion. Keep those handy during your holiday feasts and celebrations.

 

Planning Ahead ~ Prepare your own healthy dish to bring to potlucks and family reunions. That way you’ll guarantee a guilt-free option to choose from and will be less likely to veer towards greasier foods.

 

Emotional Eating? ~ The holiday season is a time of joy but it also comes with plenty of stress. Many times this stress can manifest into emotional eating as a way to numb intense emotions. A healthier way to cope with holiday stress is to give yourself time and space to unwind.

 

Get Moving! ~  Exercise should not be neglected during the holidays, it is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Schedule it in as you would with any other errand that needs to be completed. Bring a workout buddy along to keep each other motivated. No matter your workout of choice, keep your body active!

 

Indulge Wisely ~  Know your limit when it comes to trying the treats at the holiday parties. A few bites won’t hurt but finishing the whole platter of cookies will do some damage to the waist line! Keep in mind all your hard work at the gym and be conscious about your sugar consumption.

 

Last but not least, the holiday season is a time to focus on family and all the blessings that surround us. Stay motivated by doing the things you love and creating wonderful memories. Invite others to join you on your journey to healthful living!