How To Survive The Holidays Intact

How To Survive The Holidays Intact

HOW TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS INTACT!

Well, it's that time of year again! A time of wonder and merriment as we gather around the dinner table to enjoy the holiday festivities. And as there can be many dinner tables with the various family, friends, in-laws, etc, etc, it is all too easy to overindulge this time of year. But here are some tips that let you enjoy the season without hating yourself in the morning!

1. Exercise first thing in the morning.

A couple of cups of Earl Grey tea and I'm out the door for a long run first thing in the morning. A vigorous run serves the dual purpose of suppressing your appetite for two or three hours and letting you eat more when you're at the party. And that, after all, is the main reason why we run!

2. Skip breakfast.

Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day but you can afford to skip it today. Running on an empty stomach allows your body to use stored energy (glycogen and fat) to fuel your workout. Unless you're running longer than an hour or so you don't need to eat anything beforehand.

3. Eat your veggies.

Load up on fruit and vegetables a couple of hours before dinner starts. The high fiber in produce keeps your belly full longer which makes it less likely you will be going for seconds when dinner time rolls around. Loading your dinner plate with vegetables as well as meat is another way to keep the calories down and still able to enjoy the party.

4. Take it easy with the sugar.

It's next to impossible to escape all the cookies and candy this time of year. And you shouldn't. But don't go too overboard with these. They do pack a lot of calories in a small package and if you aren't too careful it is quite easy to gain 5 to 10 pounds during December.

5. Relax with all the alcohol.

No party would be a party without eggnog, or rum, or scotch. Or all of the above. It's ok to imbibe a little. But you should try to do it after dinner is served. Not only does alcohol lower our inhibitions so we end up eating more but it also enhances the taste of food which, er, makes us, well you get the point. Drink a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks to keep hydrated. Don't forget to designate a driver!

And even if you don't bother doing any these it's still ok to go crazy once in a while. Don't you dare feel guilty? The most important thing is not to make a regular habit of it! Enjoy the season and stay safe!



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