Five Tips to Avoid Overindulging on Holiday Treats
The holidays are a time for giving and gathering with family and friends to reflect on the last year. It’s also the time when Joan from accounting decides to stock the office kitchen with fudge, cookies, chocolates and a whole variety of sweets and treats. We all know what happens next – you go to sample just one – and all of a sudden you’ve filled an entire plate.
It is hard to stay on track during the holiday season, but it isn’t impossible with a little bit of planning (and with a little bit of digging in too!) you can maintain your healthy lifestyle while enjoying the treats of the season.
Here are our Top Five Holiday Health Tips to stay on track all holiday season long.
• Know that it’s okay to indulge – Life isn’t all about your waistline and, especially around the holidays, it is okay to indulge here and there. However, it is important to do so in moderation and achieving this is easier than you think. Know you have a big party coming up this weekend? Stay away from the office’s cookie spread during the week.
• Come prepared with your own stash – For those times when the treats are piling up and your willpower is waning, keep a stash of less-sinful treats in your desk drawer. Hot cocoa packets, dark chocolate and even some especially rich granola bars can all help deter a sweet temptation. Fruit works too!
• Up your exercise game -: Adding extra minutes to your exercise routine is especially beneficial this time of year. Not only can it help beat stress, but it also helps counteract some of the extra calories. No time for a full gym session? Take laps around your building, tap your toes (quietly!) at your desk, or stand while you take conference calls. Every little bit helps!
• Practice your polite decline – We get it; it is hard to say no when Betty Crocker herself is standing there pushing her homemade treats. You never want to sound rude. It is acceptable to politely decline your foodie friend. Tell her that you are watching what you eat, or you have plans to attend a holiday dinner later. Or, if saying no is too difficult, sample a smaller piece or split it with an office mate.
• Visualize your goals – At the beginning of the holiday season (or even every morning), remind yourself of your health goals. Keep an inspirational quote or image near your desk for motivation. Keeping your long-term healthy goals in mind will make it much easier to stay on track during the holiday season. Happy holidays!
Readers – what are your tips for avoiding temptation during the holiday season?
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