The holiday season is here, and so is the potential to sabotage any self-care routines you may have established in past months. However, you don’t have to sacrifice the festivities in order to maintain a good health plan. According to forbes.com, there are just a few things you should remember before traipsing off to all those wonderful holiday parties.
Be aware of what you are eating. It’s nearly impossible to count calories if you don’t know what the ingredients are. The hostess might think it’s rude of you to ask what is in the cheese ball or how much sugar was used in the pastries. No need to bother them with the details. It’s ok to sample the treats; just don't overdo it.
Stay hydrated. Feeling ravenous? It could just be that you are a little dehydrated. Drink a glass of water before you go to your party to see if maybe that could be the reason behind your hunger. If that doesn’t work, eat an apple or a carrot stick to curb that hunger.
Choose healthy substitutes. Instead of heading straight for the dessert tray upon your arrival, stop at the fruit and veggie trays. Most events place the healthier food items together, so it is easy to load your plate with these items before sampling the desserts. Load up on the healthy stuff and you will find it easier to resist the goodies.
Check your portions. I sometimes let my guard down and grab a handful of cookies, rather than just one. If I feel like I can’t have just one, I skip it all together. If the cravings are too much and I feel like I really have to have a cookie or cupcake, I remind myself how long I have to exercise to burn it off. But let’s face it; sometimes it’s just better to give in to temptation and adjust your workout later. After all, life was meant to be enjoyed.
Don’t skip your exercise routine. Some of us get so busy during the holidays we forget all about exercise and think we can make it up later. However, if you are like me, once I get out of my routine, it’s a lot harder to get back into it.
Above all, practice self-care. Skip the parties if you don’t feel up to the social demands of the holiday. Get plenty of sleep and try not to put too many demands on yourself. Only you know what is best for you. Besides, you can always make a resolution to do better next year.