If there is one time of year that is guarantee to throw all our good diet and exercise habits out the window it’s the holidays. When you’re surrounding by all the good food, good people, and good times, it’s easy to kick your eating habits to the wind and put exercising on the back burner until next year. We’ve all been there. Now, we’re not saying you have to give up all the sugar, spice, and everything nice this season but practicing moderation and staying on track is a great compromise so you can have the best of both worlds. Here’s how:
1 | Be realistic. You want to know the easiest way to fall off the bandwagon hard? It’s by setting unrealistic expectations for yourself. It might sound nice to say you won’t touch one cake, pie, or piece of meat when dinner hits the table but, if we’re being real, that just might be next to impossible. If you give yourself realistic boundaries and allow yourself some room, you’re more likely to stick to the goal and stay on track.
2 | Focus on the veggies. When the food is spread out in front of you, we know your eyes will automatically drift to all the things you’ve been avoiding in your daily diet. Make some room for these things in moderation and load up on the vegetables. Whether that’s a big salad before your meal or letting the greens take up the majority of plate, let vegetables be your main course with the rest of the meal as small sides.
3 | Stick to your routines. After your holiday parties and dinner with family is over, it’s easy to get comfortable. While we love the holidays for the time to rest and relax, sticking your exercise routine during this time is one of the best ways to keep you on track. It’s also a great way to refuel and balance out that extra piece of pie or cocktail from the night before. Just saying, no judgement zone over here.