With the year coming to an end, December is a month that is filled with joyous celebrations and festivities around good food, good friends and loved ones!
It is also however common to pack on a bit of weight during this time, and so why not have things differently this time around and manage your expectations around health and feasting and enjoy this season, by staying healthy, eating well and staying active!
Here are 5-tips to encourage you to keep things in check, while enjoying the holiday cheer:
Practice Intermittent Fasting (IF)
If you have never tried IF before, it might be a good time to give it a try during the holidays! IF is not for everyone, however for a typical healthy adult, with no medical history, who is not pregnant, breastfeeding or has any history of eating disorders, intermittent fasting can be a good idea during the festive season! Feast. Fast. Repeat…as the saying would say!
You can start simple, with fasting for 12-hours and eating within a window gap of 8-hours; and if you are comfortable enough, you can increase your fasting period to 16-hours and eat during the remaining hours. Remember to pay attention to what you are eating, and how much you are eating. Avoid all refined foods, sugary items and highly processed meals. Fasting may help with preventing any weight gain and overindulging in the ‘not so nice’ food items!
Listen to Your Hunger Cues
It’s easy to ‘let ourselves go’ during this time of the year, and as we practice mindful eating, we allow ourselves to reconnect with our bodily cues and listen to our physical hunger signs!
Plan ahead, if needed, and ask yourself if you are actually hungry? Or rather how hungry are you from a scale of 1 – 10…you always want to be between a 3 – 6, allowing you to start eating when you feel hungry yet stop eating when you are feeling satisfied!
Plan to Exercise
Though it may seem like we are racing with time during this period, going for a brisk walk early in the day or late in the afternoon is a great way to stay active! Schedule in your exercise routine, whatever it may be, so that you are on track and energetic!
Don’t Drink Your Calories Away
It’s easy to get carried away with drinking empty calories over the festive season, however, remember to stay hydrated and quench your thirst with water! Make your own infused water with some interesting combinations like cucumber slices and fresh mint leaves or cranberries and orange slices or fresh strawberries slices and basil leaves!
Have Fun and Savor Your Food!
What are the holidays without some fun! Remember to relax, get good sleep and savor each bite as you enjoy your favorite holiday meals and spending quality time with your family and loved ones!
Wishing you a healthy year ahead! Happy Holidays from our family to yours!