The creep of holiday poundage, that is. Contrary to what one might be led to believe, there are only 4 holiday days; Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you celebrate Hanukkah, then you have to add in 8 days, but you get to back out Christmas and Christmas Eve so you’re still looking at a net 8 days. Even if you indulge these 4 or 8 days I will bet your bottom dollar that you won’t gain weight.
The kicker (and yes, there is one) is that some people eat their way through the entire holiday season,which is roughly 5 to 6 weeks. This kind of overeating will definitely expand your, um, carbon footprint, so it’s wise to take some steps to prevent this from happening.
So does this mean you can’t have fun? Not celebrate with the foods you love? Not drink egg nog, eat Danish cookies, have a slab of Honeybaked ham or indulge in Latkes? The answer is no. Of course you can enjoy the holiday foods you love. In moderation.
Here’s a few things you can do to help the holiday weight creep and be able to fit into your jeans come January 2.
Eat Only What You Love
The holidays are filled with food. Baked goods, gift tins of popcorn, candy, wine, egg nog, and let’s not forget Grandma’s famous stuffing (or insert other family favorite here)! I want you to enjoy these foods and eat them without guilt so here’s the easiest way to do that. Eat only what you truly love. If you dislike egg nog, don’t have a glass just because it’s thrust in your face by boozy Uncle Joe. If you can’t stand the hard ribbon candy, don’t grab a piece out of the candy bowl. If you do, however, LOVE stuffing, enjoy it. Eat it, enjoy it and don’t think about the calorie count. No one likes a calorie counter at the table!
Favorite Foods – Take Two
Here’s a little tip that I picked up at a Weight Watchers meeting years back. If you love turkey with the fixings why not have another Thanksgiving dinner in March? Love pumpkin pie? Make one in September. Taking the “shine” and “special occasion-ness” out of holiday foods can be a huge benefit. First of all, you have no stress and secondly, you have a chance to tinker with the old fatty favorites and make them healthier yet still tasty versions of the classics.
Fit in Fitness
Don’t let your workout slip to the wayside. Even if you can only manage 20 minutes 3 or 4 days a week, do it. Not only can exercise bump up your metabolism but it’s a great stress-reliever. And who couldn’t use a bit of stress relief around the holidays?? No need to raise your hands – it was a rhetorical question!
Holiday! Not Holidaze
Enjoy the holiday for your friends, family and for the true meaning of the season. Being grateful for what you have, grateful for struggles that you have worked past, a warm place to live and having people in your lives who matter and who you matter to are what’s important. Sure food is a good part of that so don’t just plow through your plate because it’s in front of you. Take a minute to be thankful, grateful and appreciative and enjoy the bounty of the season.
Now go run!