Keeping Fit During the Holidays

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The Holidays – a wonderful time of joy, love, thankfulness, celebrating, family, friends, and food.  Also a time of busy schedules, parties, relatives’ houses, car trips, plane rides, shopping, wrapping, cooking, and a lot of doing.  With all of this going on it’s hard to find time to take care of ourselves.

During the holiday season food is everywhere, and usually high-calorie food at that.  With the colder weather, less daylight, and our busy schedules it becomes really hard to find time to exercise.  Here are a few of this Registered Dietitian’s quick tips to help keep nutrition and exercise in mind during the holiday season.

1.  Avoid the ALL or NOTHING mindset

Thinking this way only sets us up to fail and feel really guilty about ourselves.  Blanket statements such as “I am going to stay away from all sweets this Christmas” just put more stress on ourselves.  The dietitian’s favorite phrase is “everything in moderation” and this certainly applies to this time of year.  Remember that it is completely okay to try some of each dessert, but balance that choice by only taking a small piece of each rather than a whole serving of each dessert.

santa hat brownies

snowflake bark

2.  Look to maintain weight not lose weight this time of year

Our busier schedules and all those parties with food everywhere don’t make it easy to drop weight.  So if you’ve been trying to lose some weight, cut yourself some slack during this season.  Look to maintain where your weight is now and pick back up with your weight loss goals in the New Year.

3.  Be active 

Find a way to be active – go for a long walk, play a game of pick-up football with the family, ride bikes, park further away when shopping, take the stairs over the elevator.  Anything that is physically active or keeps the body moving will help burn more calories.  Being active will help you stay fit.

4.  Watch what you drink

We tend to take in a lot more calories from what we drink than we realize.  Keep an eye on how many calories are in those soft drinks, sports drinks, and peppermint mocha lattes.  By drinking less of those high-calorie drinks and more water, there will be more room for holiday snacks and sweet treats!

lemons and limes water

Who says water can’t taste good?  Try adding some lemon or lime to give water a flavor boost.

5.  Remember fruits + veggies  

When serving dinner to your family or when hosting a holiday party, remember to include fruits and vegetables.  They make for great appetizers, giving people something to snack on for very little calories.

veggie Christmas tree

veggie kabobs and meat

Enjoy the season, enjoy good food, and remember to eat well for yourself during this special time of year!

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Hey y’all! I’m Lauren and it’s so nice to meet you! I’m married to my college sweetheart and am a mama to four precious children. Three of my children are here with me and one is in Heaven. Our second child passed away shortly after birth. My husband, Tommy, and I have adopted two girls out of foster care, and we are constantly learning how to be the best parents to all of our kids with their special needs. About a year after our son passed away, I launched Project Gabriel in honor of our son to reach women who had also lost a baby. In my free time, I love cheering on the Tennessee Vols, expressing my love of Tennessee falls, being outside, blogging, and wearing boots. I blog at Adventures of Jack and Me. Also check out my organization Project Gabriel.

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