You made a commitment to yourself and your health; honored it by making smart food choices, getting regular exercise and plenty of rest and you lost weight. Keeping it off is another story, especially during the holiday season. Holiday gatherings usually mean people indulging in mountains of food and treats; gravy and alcohol flow like rivers; carrot sticks are reindeer food. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare, or a free-for-all binge that will leave you feeling bloated and discouraged. Here’s how to avoid sabotaging yourself, without depriving yourself.
Eat breakfast packed with protein and “slow carbs” with a low glycemic index – they don’t cause blood sugar spikes. In a hurry? A smoothie made with a low glycemic index protein powder will help curb sugar cravings and keep your blood sugar steady all day. Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. If you’re going to a special event you know will be full of temptations, eat some raw veggies or a protein bar before you leave to curb hunger.
Get some exercise. Yes, it’s a busy time of year, so try parking further from your destination so you can get in extra steps. Take the stairs whenever possible. At work, take 5-10 minute every couple of hours to get up, stretch, breath deeply or take a mini-walk. Schedule workouts or give yourself the gift of a personal trainer.
When drinking alcohol, choose mixers like sparkling water or club soda. Better yet, stick to wine, offers health benefits in moderation. Red wine is best. We tend to drink it slower, plus it contains the antioxidant resveratrol that offers heart healthy effects. Watch your servings – a typical glass of wine has 150 calories, so they can add up quickly and leave you feeling awful the next morning. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or club soda. Finally, if you slip up and overindulge, don’t give up. Commit to getting right back on track. Good luck and happy holidays!