Tips to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

3 Dec

Image courtesy of Flickr user Bart Fields.

So, Thanksgiving is over and you’re left feeling like an overstuffed turkey. Don’t feel bad, it happens to everyone. While strutting down the street like a plump turkey doesn’t feel good, you may think you have no choice now that the holiday season is in full swing. However, that’s so not the case.

For most of us it’s true that the holiday season is not only the happiest time of the year ─ it’s also the fattest. While I don’t recommend trying to lose weight until 2014, you certainly don’t have to gain it. There’s many ways to enjoy the festive food the season has to offer without having to wear a belted Snuggie to your New Year’s Eve party, because you cant button any of your pants.

Three Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Trying not to gain weight this holiday season? Follow these tips to avoid being mistaken for Santa Claus on Christmas Day:

  1. Deepen Your Bond with the Gym: No matter how often you currently exercise, ’tis the season to spend a bit more time on the treadmill. Whether you add an additional day or two onto your workout routine or spend a little extra time doing cardio while you’re already at the gym ─ if you’re going to eat more, you’re going to need to burn more calories.
  2. Eat Healthy Between Parties: There’s no need to deprive yourself of your holiday favorites when you’re out celebrating the season. Remember, everything is okay in moderation. However, to balance out the high calorie party food, you need to dedicate yourself to following a healthy diet during your normal daily routine.
  3. Bring Healthy Dishes: There’s a good chance you’re going to be invited to a holiday potluck this season. While many people use this as an excuse to create a concoction containing three days of your allotted fat intake, it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s countless delicious, healthy recipes you can make ─ and lightened up versions of classic favorites ─ that still taste delicious, but won’t leave you with a big, fat food hangover the next day.

So there you’ll have it, the holidays don’t have to be the fattest time of the year ─ unless you choose to play it that way.

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