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Stay healthy(ish) during the holidays!

Written by  Deidre Wilkes

It’s natural to indulge a bit during the holiday season – the trick is not to let it ‘snowball’ out of control and into the New Year. Just a few simple tips can have you ringing in 2017 happy and healthy!  

Ditch the scale!

Weight can fluctuate from day to day – especially when eating certain foods that are common during the holiday season. Make a pact to put your scale away until well AFTER the holidays have passed and your routine is back to normal.

Never leave the house hungry!

During the holidays, there is food, food, everywhere! Whether you’re running errands, shopping for gifts, or out on the town at a party, make sure to eat a healthy snack before you leave. This will keep you from grabbing fast food on the go or overindulging at restaurants or parties. Some great ideas for snacks are carrot or celery sticks, fruit and nuts.

Do the ‘mall crawl’!

Holiday shopping is often a necessary evil, but you can work it into your fitness routine. After going from store to store, take some time to walk from one end of the mall to the other without stopping. If you shop at a multi-level mall, take the stairs and walk from end to end on each level. If you’re carrying shopping bags, use them to do some arm curls to help tone your upper body.

Instant leftovers!

Most restaurant portions are much more than a single serving. When your meal arrives, immediately separate the food in half and ask the server for a box. As soon as the box arrives, place half of your meal in it. You instantly saved both calories and money, as you now have lunch or dinner for the next day!

Don’t sweat the small stuff!

Stress can have a major impact on weight and even trigger emotional eating, so don’t let it get to you! Carve out a few minutes each day for ‘me’ time. Doing anything from meditating to taking a power nap or a bubble bath to listening to soothing music may help you relax during this stressful season.