With Christmas and other holidays gearing up, you may be traveling or attending several holiday parties. One thing I want you to know, it’s ok if you decide you’re going to take a little break from your normal eating habits and enjoy yourself a little. However, here are my tips for not completely derailing the train:
- Aim for better, not perfect. It’s ok to have Christmas dinner and eat richer foods. Maybe just don’t have a roll AND mashed potatoes. Pick one.
- Still eat slowly and mindfully. Just because some delicious food is in front of you doesn’t mean you can forget the basics and start inhaling food like there’s no tomorrow. Eat slowly, until ~80% full. Also, don’t keep eating just because you haven’t tried everything on the table yet.
- Still plan ahead. If you’re out getting your last minute shopping done, don’t let yourself get to a point where you’re starving and the first thing in sight is Cinnabon in the mall food court. Keep a bar or two in your purse or pocket. A couple of my favorites are Lara Bars and Kind Bars.
- Still get in some exercise. If you’re traveling, you may not have access to your normal workout equipment, but even a brisk walk outside or 10 minutes on a hotel treadmill doing intervals will keep you feeling better and battle some of the food and drink you’ve been consuming.