Staying on Track during the Holidays
By Maria England, NDTR ABS Team Member
With the holiday season upon us, our schedules are starting to become busier. This is the time where we focus on friends and family and giving back, but sometimes it also means we forget to take care of ourselves and keep up with the healthy goals we have set for ourselves! So how can we keep a good balance and stick to our goals?
One of the best rules when it comes to healthy goals is to look at setbacks as just a small event. Often times when we have a setback we tend to say we will try again tomorrow, the next week, or reset after the weekend, but the best thing to do is actually reset that day! This is key during the holidays, because we often over indulge. We might splurge on Thanksgiving and realize we have a whole month of bad habits and decide to pick it back up on New Years Day. But the best thing to do is to get back on track right then and there.
The longer you wait the harder it is to get back on track! So when you have a heavy dinner or meal, just make sure that your next meal is back to your healthy norm. Or if you miss a workout because your schedule has been fuller than normal, jump back into the gym, do a small workout at home, or just take a walk real quick! Before the holidays really start, think of one or two ways you can bounce back after a setback and write it down and place it somewhere you will see it so you are prepared. Remember setbacks happen and it is best to acknowledge them and jump back in!
Holidays mean a lot of eating out, which can make healthy eating difficult. One of the best ways to keep on track is to plan ahead. If you know you are going to be eating out for lunch or dinner and it will be a heavy meal, make your other meals lighter. Also if you are eating out at a restaurant, check out the menu before hand. This will help you know what is on the menu and you can plan what to eat instead of feeling pressured to make last minute choices.
Portions are always a tricky part when eating out. Don’t be afraid to substitute sides for healthy ones and take food home for the next day. Another great trick is to eat slowly. Take at least 20 minutes to eat, because it does take time for your brain to tell your stomach that you are eating. This will help you to feel fuller and eat less!
By planning head to help over come setbacks you have and also with healthy eating choices when going out, you will be able to stick to your healthy goals and build on them starting New Years Day!