♥ Tips For A Healthy & Happy Christmas ♥

24 Dec 2012

The month of December is almost over, it’s time for a new year, new you, and a fresh start. However, there is one last big day before we can all start out resolutions to get fit and healthy and that is Christmas Day.

This is a time that typically can break even the most strong willed people and for understandable reasons. Being around family makes us less accountable for our actions and we tend to eat more than one serving, we drink copious amounts of egg nog, wine, cider, and beer, enjoy chocolates and other desserts, and quite often tell ourselves we will have one last “pig out” meal/day and its okay because come new years we will go on that diet to make us skinny again!

Here at Stay Sharp & Be Strong would like everyone to have a wonderful end of the year and great day with family or friends, but we’d like to offer some advice as to how you can stay in control while having fun on Christmas!

Do something active with the whole family.

TIP: Going for a walk either before or after your meal will get your blood flowing and help with metabolizing the food you’ve just eaten. This is a very simple way to get the whole family involved in an easy form of exercise that is very good for you! If you are lucky enough to have snow, try sledding, building a snowman, a snowball fight, skiing as examples of other fun things to do with the whole fam.

Nikki mom's ice skating on Christmas day with the neighbors prior to a late lunch 2011.

Nikki mom’s ice skating on Christmas day with the neighbors prior to a late lunch 2011 (nikki took the picture, hence not being in it).

♥Set a goal for Boxing Day in terms of food and fitness and stick to it!

TIP: Whether this is a 30 minute walk, run, a weight or HIIT session, ice skating, or just eating healthy make a plan, write it down, and follow through the following day.

♥ If you are doing a lunch or dinner, don’t starve yourself prior. So many times we hear that people skip meals in order to “save” those calories for later. The biggest thing that happens from this is people tend to eat double or triple the amount of calories at the next meal because they are so hungry.

TIP: focus on eating a healthy and nutritious meal or snack prior. This keeps your metabolism going and you wont be famished by the time you sit down to your meal which typically leads to eating absolutely everything in front of you. Have nutrient dense foods such as spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, lentils, black beans, quinoa, berries, apples, pears, and proteins such as nuts, chia or flax seeds, tofu, chicken, or white fish.

A healthy meal idea prior to Christmas lunch/dinner

A healthy meal idea prior to Christmas lunch/dinner

♥With many food options at your fingertips, choose wisely. When there are an abundance of options we tend pile on everything rather than eating what we really want.

TIP: look at what options there are for starters, mains, desserts and alcohol and think about what you really fancy before putting anything on your plate. Maybe your aunt made a pie but you really are craving some chocolate cake instead. Go for a smaller piece of the cake rather than having both. By doing this you will satisfy any cravings you might have while appreciating the food much more. It also helps curb overeating.

Be mindful of how you eat. Most people will shovel food into their mouths without taking the time to really appreciate the taste, texture, and different flavors. We also tend to eat while standing, nibbling from different plates at a time, which can make us consume a lot of calories without realizing it.

TIP: after each bite put your knife and fork down. This allows you to chew each bite and gives your body a chance to really sense if it is full or not. Be sure to eat food off a plate while sitting down at a table, as this will make you more aware of the actual food that you consume.

♥ Stay hydrated.

TIP: have a water bottle by your side the whole day. See this video Nikki did on how to drink more water throughout the day (simple trick of making it taste better and by marking the bottle with times). Anytime you think of having another nibble of food, take a sip or water prior.

Drink plenty of water on Christmas and Boxing Day

Drink plenty of water on Christmas and Boxing Day

If you do overeat, don’t let guilt ruin your day. One meal wont ruin your diet or make your gain 10lbs, so just try to stick with your plan of what you’ll do the following day, follow the tips above and most of all enjoy the time with your friends, family, whoever you get to celebrate with!



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