One week before the beloved holiday of Thanksgiving, and the official kick-off of a one month food fest. How do we get through it without adding an additional ten pounds of holiday around the waist?
Make the decision today to simply raise your level of awareness about what you decide to eat. Be conscious. What typically happens is that we just go along for the holiday joy ride and choose to think about facing the music of health and fitness come January. (Just so you know, I will be here to support you and will not utter any words such as “I told you so.” Promise.)
Sugar is one of the biggest bad boys this time of year. Between all those delicious sugar cookies, the stress of buying the right gifts, lack of sleep, cleaning the house, change in schedules, and more, our immune systems take a beating. We get a cold at the most inopportune time.
Plan to enjoy some of those cookies, but be conscious of that choice. Fill your days with lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. When you have a fun event, enjoy a moderate amount of those special holiday foods you love, and really savor those moments.
Sticking with your exercise routine is also a great plan. This will alleviate some stress and help offset the extra indulgences. If you don’t have a routine, now would be a great time to begin. (As long as you have clearance from your physician to exercise.)
We are all in this together. Let us support and encourage one another to take care.
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3John 2 NIV