The holidays are often a hard time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Between the food, drinks and social obligations, it is difficult to find time and motivation to get to the gym or eat well! Fortunately, we have a couple tips to help you out!
1) Fill at least half of your plate with veggies and eat them first.
You don’t have to deny yourself that slice of pie or scoop of mashed potatoes but making healthier choices a priority can help you maintain your healthy habits and avoid that overly full feeling. The fiber and water in vegetables will help keep your digestive system on track too!
2) Be aware of your portion sizes and don’t go in hungry!
Using a smaller plate or even smaller serving utensils can be really helpful in keeping portion sizes in check. In the same vein, having a healthy, protein and fiber rich breakfast before your big meal is important. If you go into Thanksgiving dinner starving, you are way more likely to over eat! Start with small servings, eat slowly and then you can evaluate whether you are still hungry and want to go back for more!
3) Move for 30 minutes a day, every day.
Whether it’s a walk with your family, a quick at home workout or a full-blown sweat session, make a concerted effort to spend 30 minutes a day doing something. Make it a priority, get your family involved (or not, depending on your family!), and make it fun!
4) Alternate water and all your other drinks, stay hydrated!
With all the dense foods and alcohol that often accompany holidays, you can easily find yourself dehydrated. Even mild dehydration can lead to headaches, fatigue and bloating. Getting enough water can be a really simple way of feeling better during the holidays.
5) Don’t stress over the little things.
Easier said than done, but try not to stress over your diet or trying to maintain the “perfect” regime. You should enjoy yourself and the holidays free of guilt! Have a slice of pie, have a drink, life is all about balance!
Happy Thanksgiving from your Renovo Fitness Family!