It’s here!

Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday season seems to come quicker and quicker every year.

Don’t let the upcoming holidays reek havoc on the weight loss and the getting-healthier-mode you’ve been in all year.

Here are a few suggestions to stay healthy and enjoy this time of the year!

Exercise first thing in the morning.  Lay your running or exercise gear and clothes out the night before and have everything ready to go.  Set your clock early and make your mind up that this is how you’ll begin your day.  Starting the day with exercise sets the tone on how we’ll do for the remainder of the day.

Add fresh lemon to your water.  Lemon water is a natural diuretic, as well as an appetite suppressant….so instead of tea or soda, sip on lemon water throughout the day and during those overwhelming holiday dinners.

Practice portion control.  Remember the picture of the plate you learned as a kid.  Fill your plate with the healthy stuff like veggies and lean protein and go less with grains and starches like mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.

Go for a walk after dinner.  Instead of taking the notorious nap after having that big holiday lunch, go for a walk instead.  You’ll feel better, digest your food quicker and burn off a few calories while doing so.  It’s win-win!

Keep healthy food and snacks convenient.  Avoid the temptation and don’t buy the sweet stuff and junkie holiday goodies.  Fill your pantry and fridge with healthier options such as almonds, healthy granola, fresh fruits and vegetables to grab as a quick snack.

For Potluck, take something healthy that you will eat.  Whenever we go to a party or family get together and we have to bring a dish, I always take along a healthy food item that I know I will eat–my staple has become roasted vegetables.  I cut up a mixture of squash, zucchini, mushrooms and an assortment of peppers, toss with olive and salt and pepper and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes.  Delish!  Now I have a healthier option to eat instead of the usual high starch, high fat options that are normally there!

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I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and are able to bust right through the temptations that accompany it.  You can read more of my Healthy Holiday Eating Tips here!

And just for fun, here’s how I started my day this morning.

It started raining on our return home, but it actually felt nice and cool after getting all nastified and sweaty and this little pumpkin twist I added to my morning coffee = a great morning!

What are your suggestions to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain!?  Leave me a comment below!  I simply <3 your comments!

7 Comments on Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

  1. Excellent advice. No one should need to pass up on holiday treats, we just need to make sure we practice good habits to keep ourselves going through the holidays.

    • Thanks Carrie! You are so right! Moderation, moderation, moderation….I’m just not so good with at that all the time. 🙂

  2. Teresa @ says:

    I find it really helps me to have healthy snack with me at all times, even at work! The holiday treats are slowly arriving at my office and I am determined to just avoid them all!!!

    • Thanks Teresa! That’s is awesome advice and one I should have included in the list!! I always have food with me~my friends tease me constantly about the food I have with me all the time, but yet they all know who to come to when they’re hungry! 😉 Thanks again!

  3. I just found your blog, and I like it. Its nice to find a healthy living blog aimed a little more at the over 40 crowd:)

    My holiday tip really has to do with agreeing with your headline. You wrote “avoid holiday weight gain” rather than focusing on losing weight over the holidays. I think even if you’re trying to lose weight, you should just aim to “maintain not gain” during the holidays. Its very difficult to lose over the holidays. So just aiming not to gain is less frustrating, and allows you to enjoy some treats. And then you’re ready to go On January 2 along with the rest of the world!

    • Hi Lexie!! Thank you so much for your comment! I soooo agree with you ~ there’s no way to begin a weight loss program during the holidays and I love the ‘maintain not gain’ idea! Enjoy time with your family, eating good food in moderation, get in some sort of daily exercise and look ahead to the New Year! Great advice and thanks for sharing. 🙂

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