October is almost over and the holiday season is right around the corner, along with all of the sweets and treats that go hand in hand with the family gatherings and parties. We know the holiday season is a hard time to stay on the right tract with your food sometimes. This is why Community Education has created a list of ways we can all work on being more mindful during the holidays.
- Bring something healthy to the potluck or party. There is never going to be a shortage of treats at a party. Bringing a veggie tray or bowl of fruit helps ensure that there is going to be at least one healthy option you can grab from.
- Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals often time leads to overindulging in order to make up for calories you didn’t eat earlier in the day. It is always better to prepare for the day of the party. Make sure you eat your breakfast and lunch and fill up on those veggies that you probably won’t have at your dinner party. You can still enjoy some of those treats you are looking forward to, but you are less likely to over indulge if you plan ahead.
- Schedule your exercise time. Your calendar is going to be filling up fast with all of those parties and gatherings that spring up at the end of the year. Plan ahead and schedule your exercise to make sure you get those workouts in around all of the festivities. This can mean signing up for that dance class or walking group that meets once a week, scheduling your time at the gym before or after work, or grabbing a partner and dusting off that old exercise video you have buried in your closet. Working out doesn’t have to be boring. Look up a new exercise routine on YouTube, and try it out. You won’t regret it, we promise.
- Create some healthier alternatives to your favorite dishes. Making small changes to your recipes, like switching from sour cream to plain Greek yogurt can cut a lot of the extra calories out, while still bringing in the flavor. Look up different healthy swaps for your favorite recipes online.
- Visit the people, not the food. Move socializing away from the buffet or appetizer table to prevent mindless eating.
- Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. No one likes that icky, stuffed feeling after a meal. Eat slowly, and check your fullness levels while you’re eating. Remember – there are always leftovers!
- Don’t feel guilty. If you did overindulge, don’t beat yourself up. Just make sure your next meal is healthy, and be sure to incorporate some exercise to burn some extra calories in your routine.
- Stay mindful and find your peaceful outlet. Holidays can be a stressful time in our lives. It is important to be aware of what is triggering those stressful thoughts. With time flying by, it is important for us to remember to take a deep breath, find a moment to relax and clear our head. You’ll be thankful you did. If you’re looking for more ways to stay mindful, check out our “Practicing Mindfulness” class. This class is led by a certified mindfulness instructor and is held twice a week at Community Education. Please go to henrymayo.com/classes to register and see the dates and times.
Community Education wishes you a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season. We invite you to join us for one of our free health classes.