Surviving the Holidays without Overeating (or over-drinking)

We’ve all heard that the average American will gain five to seven pounds over the holidays. While the verdict is still out on whether that’s the true, we want you feeling good come 2017. You’ve heard us say that your weight doesn’t define you, so that five to seven pound gain doesn’t really concern us, but we know that along with overeating and over-drinking come a whole host of other unpleasantries, like feeling sick, sluggish and sore.

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating can be so tough for mamas every day, not to mention the stressful, fast-paced holiday season. But practicing mindful eating really prevents overdoing it. Fix a plate (snacks included), sit down at a table, put away your phone, turn of the TV, and really enjoy each bite of your food.

Just say no

People love offering others food. It is not rude to turn it down with a simple, no thank you. This goes for grandma offering you a tray of holiday cookies, a friend pouring you a second glass of wine, and the man at Costco handing out samples. If you don't want it, don't eat or drink it.

Keep your routines

So much to do, so little time. But your health and happiness are so important, so make time to keep up your exercise routines. Don’t let the overwhelm of the holidays make you feel like you should skip your workouts to keep up. We all know that exercise is the key to a better day!

Listen to your body

Are you hungry? Then eat. Are you considering eating something just because it’s there, even though you aren’t hungry? Then don’t. Sounds simple, right? It’s not. This takes practice, so start right now. Pay attention to your body, it will tell you when you need to eat.

Enjoy special treats

Bet you though we were going to tell you to skip them? Nope. We want you to enjoy and savor those treats that you look forward to. If it’s something you can have any time, consider skipping it. If it’s a special dessert your Great Aunt Betty only makes for Christmas, go ahead and indulge a little and enjoy it.