Staying Fit Despite
the Holiday Fat
Who wants to miss out
on all the fun of the holidays over a diet? Not me. Not you! The
holidays should be about joy, peace, friendship, sharing and enjoyment.
Today this usually comes along with some pretty tasty food. Instead
of worrying about depriving yourself or, conversely, indulging
and later being filled with guilt -- learn to take it all in stride.
Use moderation and planning so you can join the celebration!
Here are five hints
to help you keep your exercise and diet plan in check while making
the most of the season:
- "Eat, drink,
but be wary, for tomorrow you shall live!" In other words,
enjoy yourself. Have fun, eat delicious foods, but be smart
about it. Use moderation. Get your exercise. Because you want
to be able to enjoy tomorrow.
- The holidays are
a time of temptations. Plan your days so that you eat well for
breakfast and lunch. When the feast comes for dinner - go for
it! You've been good. You can join the party without guilt.
- Remember that exercise
reduces stress and elevates mood. If the holidays are a difficult
time for you emotionally, it's even more important that you
stick with your exercise plan so that you can maintain your
- Get your exercise
out of the way early in the day. This will open up your schedule
in the evenings so that you can go with the flow. If a party
pops up you can partake with out worrying about missing your
- When faced with
a table full of temptations opt for the foods you really like
and skip the ones that are just fillers (such as rolls and appetizers).