Thursday, November 6, 2014
So you've made it though Halloween....but the holiday season that stretches from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day brings many folks lots of anxiety around the food situation.
You know, the abundance of food situation.
The abundance of tasty but not so healthful food situation.
So how do you handle the situation when you are trying your darndest to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
In my opinion, you have two options:
1) You can make health-ify holiday foods, eat smaller portions, fill up on vegetables, fruits, and healthy salads, skip the desserts, drink sparkling water, etc. etc. so on and so forth. In other words, try to go 80 as MUCH as possible.
2) You can treat your holiday meals and parties like the celebrations that they are. Treat them like a 20! Indulge in the pie at Thanksgiving, have a cheeseball or two at the dinner party, celebrate with champagne at New Year's. AND THEN........then........the very next chance you have to make a healthful choice without feeling like you are missing out, get back on track and make good choices. No one meal, or one day of unhealthy choices, will ruin your healthy lifestyle. What will ruin it is going off track day after day, which, in my opinion, is more likely to happen if you skip your favorite foods time and time again, resulting in frustration and anxiety.
The choice is yours!
Keep in mind that the holidays should be a HAPPY time!
Whatever your choice, stick to it and get in some extra exercise when you can! Yes- shopping counts as long as you don't stop moving and keep your heart rate up!
Posted by Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc at 10:00 AM