Avoid the 12 pounds of Christmas

Cooking & Recipes, Dec 25, 2011

Christmas Dinner

It’s Christmas and, like most of us, you will be out and about making merry!  Laughing, singing, eating, drinking and eating and eating. Did I say eating??

We tend to overindulge during the holidays, we get a running start out the gate at Thanksgiving and never seem to slow the pace until, well…. it’s too late! Here are a few tips for you to avoid that January 2nd guilt and the dreaded Christmas that stole my waistline regret!

  • Drink at least 8 to 12 glasses of water a day, 3 to 4 liters are ideal if you can.

Don’t forget that thirst can often mask itself as hunger and you will eat more than necessary so up your water intake. To avoid over eating, never attend any event starved especially during the holidays. The temptation to keep eating will be too hard to handle if you do.

  • Before heading out to an event always eat a small, healthy snack. Muesli mix and yogurt, homemade trail mix, apple slices and nut butter or even some low fat popcorn are all good healthy ways to eat something that will leave you feeling satisfied and less ravenous come dinner time.

Chistmas Cheers

The plate does not have to be heaped 3 inches high with everything running over the rim. Portion control, difficult as it may seem, is vital this time of the year. Make vegetables a major part of the plate.

  • Try to have a few little bites of the things you like on your plate, that way you don’t have to give up any of your favorites. Really, the first few bites are always the best tasting anyways!!

It’s the holidays so you are going to indulge in those treats that only come around once a year at Christmas. So ENJOY it, BUT make up for it elsewhere.

  • Exercise a little more here and there by adding another 10 to 15 minutes to your workout whatever it may be. Exercise wherever you can even in the hustle and bustle of your day. Park further away from the mall and walk in (you might not have a choice either way!) Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Take a walk at lunch instead of sitting at your desk. EVERY little bit helps!

The holidays are a special time for all of us, to be with friends and family and give thanks for all we have. But it is in reality just another time in the year when it comes to what you eat. If you have been trying to eat healthy and maintain your weight don’t undo it in the name of Christmas! Remember that in everything MODERATION is the key.

Happy Holidays!

Jennifer Yearwood

Jennifer is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner; RHN, RNCP who graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She is the owner and founder of TotalHealthbyDesign, a concept that believes YOU can design your own optimal health. The concept behind holistic nutrition is based on the principle that your medicine can be “simple and pure food”. It recognizes the uniqueness of every individual’s bio-chemical make up and believes that no one diet fits all. The foods we consume are directly linked to the way we feel, look and the many unpleasant symptoms we may often encounter but deem “normal.”

Jennifer’s philosophy is the firm belief that in order to be healthy, whole and complete individuals, we must take care of the entire spectrum of the human experience. She firmly believes that eating wholesome natural foods (preferably organic) coupled with exercise and a positive attitude will go miles in optimizing your health. Health is a body; mind and spirit connection and what you put into life you will get out of it. Her goal is to educate everyone on how to make the right nutritional choices for themselves and their loved ones.

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