It happens every single year around the holidays. Unhealthy food starts to appear.
I confess that when I happened upon the Halloween bowl of candy last month. I couldn’t avoid getting a few to store away in my cabinet for “emergencies”. You know, those long, dark days that seem to practically demand something sweet before any more work can start.
Of course, those food emergencies are not a problem around this time of year, when some co-worker or another is bringing in cookies, or some client is sending chocolate gifts, or some department is celebrating this success or that—with champagne for the whole company!
The only real problem is is determining a way to enjoy the various festivities without walking away from your decision to try and keep being in good health at work. Learning how to stay focused to whatever health goals you’ve set for yourself while Scott from marketing department is offering you a seasonal, spiced ale and Alice from human resources is holding out her grandma’s famous truffles might feel a little bit difficult, but it’s not.
And you can do it without following guidance of some article that instructs you to stay hydrated with water flavored with lemon and to bring your own healthy snacks with you everywhere so you’re not tempted by the holiday delights on offer (in what world does that even work, anyway?). I’ve never been one for hunger, and I don’t think it’s realistic to definitely avoid it during the holidays, even if you do care about your health.
Plus, there are far more genuine ways to enjoy this time of year without waking up on January 1st and regretting the past six weeks of your life. In order to get sincere advice on how you can take part in the season without denying yourself, I reached out to nutrition counselor, for suggestions.
Don’t Write Off the Entire Month
The nutrition counselors does not recommend that you give yourself clearance to eat and drink every single thing that comes in your plate. Not even if it is in honor of the “season.” Rather, they suggests eating whatever you like on the big holiday feasting days. So long as you’re not inclined to treat the entire month of December as one endless buffet.
There’s no reason you should be eating twice what you would normally eat on a random weekday. And stop using the justification- Hey, it’s holiday season. Be first in line to dig into your mom’s yearly pot roast, cheesy potatoes, and creamed spinach.
Allow yourself seconds. Raise your hand when someone asks who wants dessert. Then, during the rest of the month, make sure not to exaggerate every single time you’re dining out just because its the season.
Do Consider a Self-Imposed Limit
It’s up to you to decide how many drinks you can handle at your holiday happy hour. But, without sacrificing the next day’s productivity or skip your morning workout. Just because your team’s decided to order whiskey at lunch time doesn’t mean you have to accept a second glass. That is if you know it’ll mean the end of your productivity or a slippery slope into poor food choices for the rest of the day.
Counselors say that “you may want to go in to any holiday party you’re attending with an idea of limits you’ll only have x number of drinks. It can be easy to get trapped in the moment. So, opting for a non-alcoholic drink after each alcoholic one can help you stay level-headed and keep you on track to make good decisions.
Don’t Forget About the Healthy Options You Know and Love
I can’t talk for you, but I usually discover that when I’ve handled myself one too many foods in a row, I start to desire something natural and suitable for me. It’s important not to forget the many delicious and healthier choices that you achieved for before the party started.
After you’ve had your unhealthy food at the holiday party, you can still have a bacon, egg, and cheese the next morning. However, nutrition counselors advice is to eat lots of veggies, fruits. Lean meats on those days when you don’t have a party or dinner to attend.
And if you realize that you’re not sensation as fit as you normally do. See if you can press in an extra 20 moments of work out weekly.
Do Remember the Reason for the Season
Again, no one’s saying that you can’t try the chocolate-covered cherries being passed around or that you must give up the challenging cider in favor of zero-calorie cranberry seltzer. But don’t make the big mistake of using the holiday season as an excuse for overdoing it. Do not forget that the real importance is about relationship and connecting with people around you.
When you arrive at a party, focus on the people around you, rather than the delicious food. If you do this, you won’t likely get up-to-date with trying each and every hors‘doeuvres or ensuring that your glass is never empty.
You’ll have far better long-term memories of the connections you make with co-workers at the company party than you will of the various types of cheese you managed to fit on your plate.
The holiday season should be an enjoyable one. And a huge part of that enjoyment can come from all those extra food and drinks. But, it doesn’t have to be one you look on with regret once the New Year’s Eve glitter settles. Rather than going all in at every single turn, make choices that you can be happy with. Choices that will, ultimately, make you feel as healthy as you felt before you got caught up in all that holiday mood and eggnog.