Holidays are upon us, ways to avoid weight gain


I once read, the mark of a truly successful “fit lifestyle” is being able to enjoy food without obsessing over it. It’s about living life and finding the balance that works for you. If you aren’t there yet, start taking steps to get there. Take it one day at a time and work on finding your balance.

I believe that’s the holy grail. 

It is possible to enjoy this time of year with your family and friends while taking your health into consideration. 

1. Dieting through the holidays is the #1 way to sabotage yourself. Enjoy small portions of what you love. 

2. Choose your beverages wisely, alcohol has calories too.

3. Stay mindful while eating at parties and get-togethers. Enjoy small, frequent portions, and focus on proteins. 

4. Exercise more! Do squats while brushing your teeth, calf raises while standing in line…any exercise is good for you and is a great way to keep your metabolism up throughout the day. 

5. Stay hydrated. Using a reusable water bottle can help you keep track of daily consumption by calculating ounces and how many times the bottle was refilled.

6. Be selective, not rigid. Moderation is key.

7. Have a healthy snack before you go to holiday events – don’t starve yourself all day! That just leads to over-eating. 

8. Bring healthy dishes to parties.

9. SLEEP! Often, our bodies confuse being tired with being hungry. 

10. All-time favorite – resist workplace sweets. Keep a bag of oranges or seeds/nuts handy for when you need a snack. 

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