5 Ways to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

November 24, 2014

iStock_000015051942_DoubleThe Holiday season is upon us, and that means Holiday cooking! Along with the food comes the annual holiday weight-gain. It’s come to a point where we all have accepted the fact that we tend to put on a few extra pounds around this time of year. We tell ourselves it’s okay to live a little during the holiday’s and chuck our diets and exercise programs out the window. Put a stop to the holiday weight gain and try these simple tips as to how to keep the weight off!

Shop Healthy. Just making the healthy food and snacks easily accessible helps tremendously. Toss the bad-for-you snacks and stock your pantry with healthy alternatives.

Get a Gym Membership. Signing a contract and paying the money every month for a gym membership will ultimately force you to work out on a regular basis. In order to get the most bang for your buck, you will begin to workout more regularly!

Say NO to Seconds. Every year we let ourselves overindulge in the delicious holiday meals by tellings ourselves it only comes once a year. While that seems to be a great justification, the pounds start piling on quicker than we realize. You can still enjoy all of your favorite foods, but in moderation! Stop eating once you’re full and don’t go back for seconds.

Take it Easy on the Baking. For most of us, baking has become a tradition in our households around the holiday’s, which is totally fine! However, going overboard is not necessary. Instead of whipping up a batch of brownies, cookies, and chocolate covered pretzels, pick just one favorite to bake each year.

Stay Busy. An easy way to avoid packing on the pounds is to stay occupied! Don’t let yourself lounge on the couch with a plate full of freshly baked cookies…instead fill your time with productive activities such as volunteering for a local charity or finally completing that household project you have been putting off for months. The Holiday season is a great time to give back and occupy your time so you won’t be tempted by boredom-eating!