The holidays are upon us, which means that our diets (and waistline) may get tossed out the window. However, here are 5 ways to prepare your body for the holidays.
I know, I know – you plan on having the company lunch and then going to yet another holiday gathering after work, so why not save on calories? Bad idea. Eat a hearty breakfast with protein and fiber instead of starving yourself until a larger holiday meal is a much better idea. You never want to starve your body in order to eat a larger meal later. Breakfast can be a bit smaller, but at least make sure its nutritious.
DRINK EXTRA FLUIDS
Holiday gatherings have lots of toasts, so make sure your body is properly hydrated before you raise your glass again. Even if you are drinking the non-spiked holiday punch, it’s still a good idea to make sure that you are taking in at least 8 glasses of water every day. If you are drinking the heavy stuff, create a rule that you’ll drink 1 glass of water after every cocktail. Trust, you’ll thank me in the morning.
BRING SNACKS + EAT BEFORE THE PARTY
You don’t want to find yourself starving before, during, or after the holiday party – so always bring something to quench your hunger. This prevents overeating and a late night run to the $1 pizza spot on the way home. It’s just like eating before you go grocery shopping. If you walk into the store and your ravenous, you will buy a lot more than you would if you had a simple snack beforehand. I recommend stopping by your local CVS/pharmacy and picking up a healthy snack from the Gold Emblem Abound line. My personal favorites are the Chocolate Chunk & Chia Snack Bars or a baggie filled with Fruit & Nutty Probiotic Trail Mix.
SCHEDULE A WORKOUT DATE
It’s the holidays so there is no need to be on the treadmill all by yourself – grab a friend and sign up for a new workout class the afternoon after a holiday party. There’s nothing like burning a few extra calories to combat the excess pounds you’ll gain from a night of pigs in a blanket, cocktails, and cheese platters.
Last but definitely not least, make sure that you get proper rest. The holidays can be a stressful time for families, work, and your personal life. Although you may be too busy trying to find some mistletoe and that cute coworker at the office party – try to make sure you get some sleep so you don’t enter the new year feeling drained.
I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy as one of the “Gold Emblem Abound Trail Makers” this year! I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my Trail Makers posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.