The holiday season can present an immense challenge to staying healthy. Between the food, parties, weather, and stress, the holidays can be difficult for even the most health-conscious people. If you’re like most, Halloween serves as a warning shot. While the following two months will provide opportunities to see beloved family and friends, they also pose a distinct threat to your waistline and overall health. Fortunately, the holidays don’t have to be such a dire call to arms for your wellbeing.
The holidays are typically the busiest time of year. Between gift shopping, putting the final touches on work projects, and planning the inevitable parties and get-togethers, the holiday season probably doesn’t leave much vacant time on your calendar.
For that reason, it’s important to plan ahead and make sure your home is stocked with healthy meal choices. It’s too easy to fall into the annual trap of realizing there’s nothing to feed the family and swinging through the closest drive-thru instead. Granted, fast food might be the easiest solution in those hectic moments, but it’s far from the best. Find time to go to the store and buy meals and healthy snacks a week or two in advance. Although that won’t help you much during the holiday parties, it certainly will prevent you and your family from overindulging even further.
Have a Game Plan for Parties
Speaking of holiday parties, they can often be a person’s downfall when it comes to maintaining healthy habits come November and December. Between the drinks, decadent feasts, and endless hors d’oeuvres, piling on the calories can happen quickly and catastrophically. Instead of walking into those situations blindly, however, a game plan can help you escape unscathed while still enjoying yourself.
Although it might curtail some of the rowdier moments of a holiday party, volunteering to be the designated driver is a great way to maintain both a level head and waistline throughout holiday party season. Alcohol is a sure-fire way to add unnecessary calories, so being the designated driver is an easy way to avoid those pitfalls. Also, eat a healthy, modest meal before the party so you don’t develop an enormous appetite and growling stomach over the course of the festivities. During the party, choose one item to indulge in and keep the portions modest. Your entire meal, including dessert, should fit neatly on a single plate.
The holidays can be a difficult time to maintain healthy eating habits. However, by following these tips, you should find it much easier to get through them with your waistline intact and fully charged to meet the new year. If you find yourself struggling to maintain your current weight or find it difficult to lose weight, the physicians within the BodyLogicMD network are fully trained in nutrition and weight management. They can assess your nutritional needs and provide expert guidance on diet, fitness, and supplements to achieve your overall health and weight goals. Contact a physician within the BodyLogicMD network today.