Keeping Healthy Priorities

Julia KrengelExcuses, Family, Food, MotivationLeave a Comment

I love this time of year! Love, joy, peace . . . giving, sharing . . . and most of all, remembering that Christ was born to bring the best gift of all—salvation! With all that we do to celebrate, the month is so special! However, it becomes very chaotic and hard to keep our health a priority. Here are a few survival tips to keep you going!   

  1. When shopping, avoid passing by the fudge, cookie, or cinnamon roll stores. Let’s face it, the smell is AMAZING!! One small whiff of those sugary treats could draw you in! Take away the temptation and stay away!
  2. Bring a snack or lunch bag. Before going out to shop, prepare something you could eat in the car. This will save you time, money, and extra calories.
  3. Eat breakfast. At all times of year, please eat breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day to keep blood sugar level at optimal levels. This in turn, will slow down cravings and binge eating later in the day. It will also help energy levels.
  4. Keep the focus on fun, not food. So many traditions involve food. Try something different this year. Open a holiday puzzle, play a board game, do a Christmas craft project, or go outside and make a snowman with the kids. These interactive activities with family will be much more rewarding than those holiday treats.
  5. Choose your holiday treats wisely. Watch your calories. Skip the store-bought candies and cookies that you can buy anytime of the year. Instead, pick the homemade treat that was given with love and tastes oh so good!
  6. Stay Active. Staying active during the holidays will help burn off those extra calorie indulgences and will help you keep your energy up. Do a few exercises every morning or get to the gym at least three times per week. This will also help release stress and guilt.
  7. Stock the freezer with healthy meals. Since the Holiday’s tend to get extremely busy with shopping, Christmas programs, and events, prepare some meals ahead of time and pop them into the freezer. Then, when you are tired and coming home late, you or the family can warm up that healthy meal to enjoy.
  8. Keep Healthy Snacks at the Office. Stash healthy foods in your desk at work so you’re not as tempted by the treats piling up at the office.
  9. Keep the office cookie tray out of view. Position these treats so that you can’t see or reach them from your desk. You want them out of sight and out of mind.
  10. Do something healthy before you enjoy that treat. Drink a glass of water, eat a serving of vegetables, climb a few flights of stairs. This will help you from feeling as guilty and will slow down your frequency of treats.
  11. Choose the healthier foods first. If you go to a party that is serving buffet style, survey the food choices, and first select healthier items such as green salad, lean meats, and fresh vegetables to fill your plate. Then, select small portions of the not so healthy items. You will feel full and satisfied without feeling deprived.
  12. Find a health buddy and sit next to them at the meal. You can hold each other accountable and encourage each other along the way.
  13. Enjoy your company away from the buffet table. Try hanging out in a room that doesn’t have appetizers and desserts on display. If you are standing beside the treats, you might find yourself munching without restraint. However, if the treats are out of sight, they won’t be as tempting.
  14. Do you really need to welcome in the new year with a glass of bubbly? You may be celebrating, but that doesn’t mean that that you should send your meal plan (and your judgment) on holiday. Alcohol can interfere with your blood sugar by slowing the release of glucose into the bloodstream; it also contains unnecessary calories. What’s more, alcohol breaks down your inhibitions and judgment, which makes you that much less likely to resist the junk foods that you would otherwise be able to pass up. Try a Kombucha instead.

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