I have been counseling one of my culinary students for weight loss; she has been successful and is very determined to lose weight through the holidays. Although I know she can, it’s important for each of us to relax and take care of ourselves in every way at this time of year. Generally I suggest that the holidays are a good time to maintain weight, rather than lose. Many of us experience increased stress, more social events, limited exercise schedules, and an abundance of treat foods! Although weight loss is possible, why not focus on exercise, eating well, and allowing some holiday enjoyment? After the New Year, set healthy goals and go for it!
Having a healthy relationship with food and outlook on the holidays is important, as is enjoying yourself and your social calendar. Here are some tips for a healthy holiday season. Start each day with a balanced breakfast that includes some fat, fiber, and protein. Snack on fresh fruits and veggies throughout the day. Make half your plate fruits and veggies at each meal. Drink plenty of water. Exercise when you can fit it in, perhaps with a focus on three times per week. And finally, don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go as planned! The holidays are over in a week, and there is a whole new year ahead. Happy holidays!