Surviving The Holidays.

The holidays are underway and some of us are already feeling the physical effects. Avoiding gatherings isn’t realistic, and neither is staying away from all food temptations. What we can do is load our plates with fruits, vegetables and lean meats at meals. This will help keep us full and assist in burning through other less nutritious calories that we may ingest – cookies, candy, etc. High fiber food like fruit and vegetables, and high protein foods take more energy to break down in the stomach, therefore burning a few extra calories in the process.

Another helpful holiday trick is to snack on those bowls of nuts that are almost always available. A handful will do. Nuts also have energy burning fiber; a high amount of healthy fats slow the digestion down and make you feel full longer.

All of these parties and family events can get overwhelming so try to stick to your fitness routine as much as possible in between. You can pick back up whenever you want, but don’t wait until you’ve missed 4 or 5 days! If you happened to step on the scale after Thanksgiving and noticed a big jump, don’t worry too much, there’s a lot of water weight inducing sodium in those foods. You’ll even out in a couple of days.

Food aside, the holidays tend to be stressful on many levels. Stress ups your cortisol levels, which impact everything from sleep quality to anxiety, and even your calorie burning ability. Consider your fitness routine a quick stress reliever!

Look forward to a new year of healthy living, take some time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished in 2015 and think about the goals you’d like to achieve in 2016. And most of all, enjoy the holidays!

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