Thanksgiving is a time of celebration bringing family and friends together around a banquet of traditional foods and family recipes. These and other social gatherings during the season always-present opportunities to become overindulgent and even the most disciplined struggle with the temptations the holiday offers. However, with the right strategy, there are ways you can maintain a balance and keep your diet healthy and intact.
One of the ways to avoid the stuffed feeling this time of year is to give yourself permission to enjoy the holiday, family traditions and favorite foods in sensible portions. As in all aspects of maintaining our health and wellness, moderation is the key and, if practiced during the holidays, a balance can be struck.
When approaching the banquet filled with beloved family traditions, follow these simple tips to make the season healthier and less guilt ridden.
Keep Moving The holidays are a time of family friends, and food! You cannot always prevent the indulgences, but you can alleviate their effects by staying physically active. Exercise is very important during the holiday season; just by taking a 10- to 15-minute brisk walk, two times a day will help you maintain control over the temptations of the season and feel good about yourself.
Physical activity helps reduce stress and proved more energy. Try fitting in a workout before a party and during those all-day gatherings; ask some of the guests to go on a brisk walk with you. Incorporate activities that promote being active as part of your holiday traditions.
If you like to participate in fun walks and/or runs, sign yourself up for a seasonal 5K run/walk or some other fitness event that will motivate you to stay true to your fitness routine during the season.
Most importantly, remember the holidays are for celebrating with family and friends, be kind to yourself, and enjoy the season.