Winter Wellness Tips

The winter months and holidays are synonymous with dinner parties, desserts, and “treating yourself.” It’s a trying time for those trying to make the change to a healthy lifestyle! When looking to stay healthy, release weight, and stay energized during the winter, consistency is key! I like to use the word “release” when talking about weight because once it goes away, we don’t have to find it.

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Often times people give themselves permission to deviate from their regular routine during the holidays, which is absolutely okay to do, but it’s finding a point at which you can still indulge in some holiday favorites without overindulging. Take what you love and leave what you don’t.  For example, if you LOVE pumpkin pie, have a small slice, eat it slowly, and make the decision to be okay with the choice you made. Eating slowly will allow you to actually enjoy what you’re eating and your body will have time to metabolize it properly.  You will get to enjoy it more.

“Guilt” is a word I hear often. If you decide to have dessert, trust that your body will know what to do with it. There’s no sense in feeling guilty about something you already did! If you don’t like the way it makes you feel, then don’t do it again. Yes, it’s that simple. Walk away from the table.

I also feel eating protein, good fats, and vegetables can help keep your energy up.  If you fuel your body properly and don’t let your blood sugars levels drop, it’s easy to sustain energy.  If you know you won’t be eating for several hours have a sensible snack like some nuts, or half avocado or a hard-boiled egg. If you go into parties, starving yourself will be more prone to make mindless choices. Listen to your body… it knows what it wants.

If you’re going to drink, I would suggest clear alcohol on the rocks with a lemon or a lime.  If you find yourself at a buffet, only use one plate and put everything on it so you see what you’re eating.  Sit down, avoid standing up, and grazing as this can add up quickly. What are your favorite ways to stay healthy during the holidays? Let me know on Instagram!

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