The holidays are undoubtedly an insane time of year. We would like to think it’s a joyful and happy time (which of course can be) but, we also can’t ignore the fact that money is tight, there is stress from last minute shopping, and on top of all that EVERYONE seems to be out. This leads to an insane amount of traffic and lines out the door. It is also the time of year many tend to neglect their nutrition and cave into any sugary dessert in sight. Almost all mindfulness is ignored. You may have fell into this category this season (even I wasn’t going to ignore a hot chocolate on a cold snowy day or homemade chocolate chip cookies). The real question is, what will you do NOW???
The average person gains about 1.3 pounds during the holidays. It typically feels much more catastrophic than what it actually is. Now, it is a matter of what you decide to do today that will affect you over the next several months. Don’t let yourself spiral out of control because you ate too much for a couple weeks, maybe even months. Here are a few tips to get back on track to make you the best possible version of yourself!
- Set small achievable goals for yourself – these must be specific and realistic for you. Goal setting provides structure and accountability to help you succeed.
- Drink lots of water. Water can aid in weight loss by keeping you full and providing you with energy.
- DO NOT starve yourself. Depriving yourself of calories will not only slow down your metabolism, it may also lead to more bingeing episodes. Instead, think about fueling your body with nutrients. Try filling half your plate with veggies and leaving a quarter for a whole grain starch and a lean piece of protein.
If you are having trouble finding a place to start, we offer an 8 week nutrition program here at DHAC that will guide you in the right direction to achieve your goals! Let’s make 2018 the best year yet!
-Taylor S., Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health