3 tips to survive the holidays

Thanksgiving is next week and as you may have noticed, your schedule is starting to fill up with parties, concerts and office pot lucks.  To add to the fun, every holiday treat it out in full force.

We all have our favorite holiday goodies, drinks and traditions but there’s a huge difference between enjoying a treat, a cocktail, or a meal and diving face first into it.

Here are 3 tips to help you make it through the holidays, relatively unscathed.

Tip #1 – Don’t Eat the 3rd Cookie

A Christmas cookie is a delightful treat.  The first one takes you to a special place.  The second one, well, every now and then, ok.

The third cookie, however is the kiss of death.  When you are 3 cookies in, you’re just that close to a full-blown cookie binge.  If you have cookie #3 in your hand, put it down and walk away.

Tip #2 – Don’t Drink the 3rd Glass of (fill in your alcoholic drink of choice)

Just like the cookie, a drink or even two is moderate.  Once you pass the two drink minimum a few things start to happen.

1) Your ability to select healthy food drops about 85%.  Don’t believe me?  Think back to your late 20’s – how many of you grabbed a salad or an apple after an evening of drinking and dancing?  A Denny’s Grand-Slam or a stack of pancakes at 3am was more like it.

2)  Your ability to have a healthy day-after also drops about 85%.  You may skip a run, pass on Zumba or sleep through your Sunday walking group.  Plus you’ll wake up dehydrated, puffy, and craving a Nacho Bel Grande from Taco Bell and a beer.

So enjoy two really good drinks and then switch to seltzer, soda or a cranberry juice spritzer instead.  Make it in a nice wine glass or even a champagne flute so you don’t feel like a kid with a sippy cup.  (And as always, if you are out, please designate a driver to get you home safely).

Tip #3 – Move Your Butt

With the parties, the shopping, and family obligations you may be thinking that you just don’t have time for a workout.  Well, you would be wrong.  There is always time for a workout.  That bears repeating.

There.  Is.  Always.  Time.  For.  A.  Workout.

If you can’t manage your usual 45 minutes or an hour, cut the time by 10 or even 15 minutes.  If you can’t manage 5 days a week, make sure you have 4 solid days.  Be flexible with your schedule, allow for some days off or some lower-intensity workouts.

And remember, the holidays are about family, friends and spending time together.  And there is not a single food that you cannot have any other day of the year.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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