The Holidays and their festivities are upon us. In our culture, the parties and feasts characterizing them have become opportunities to indulge in rich, specially prepared food, often made with special recipes by special people. As diligent as I have become about weight and fitness, I have concluded after much research that it’s ok to over-indulge a little, because there is more benefit from enjoying these occasions to the fullest than there is to adhering to a strict dietary standard during the holidays. The holidays can be fairly stressful, particularly in hard economic times, and particularly for those struggling with various issues. Good food, the companionship of friends and family, laughter and sharing all things to enjoy, not worry about. It is also well to recall that our joy during these times is not in what we have, but what we give. And we all have something important to give.
Here are a few tricks to use during the holidays: first, be sure to get to the gym regularly, even if it means going at times that are not part of your regular routine…it’s important to keep your metabolic rate at a high level during periods of over-eating; be sure you are hydrating, especially if you have been partying with alcohol; make conscious choices for things you enjoy but wouldn’t dream of having every day… for example, if you really like pecan pie and, say, home-made cookies, make a conscious choice to decide which one you really like more, and choose one, not both, maybe pecan pie one day, the cookies a few days later…in other words, choose to pace yourself. Increase your cardio over the holidays. Make sure you get enough sleep. and whatever you do…DO NOT STRESS OVER A MINOR ( UP TO SOME ACCEPTABLE LIMIT ) WEIGHT GAIN. The weight gain is normal, and will temporary if you get back on track after the holidays. Stress, particularly self-induced stress, has effects which are longer-term, and potentially more damaging.
Break the stress habit and enjoy the holidays !