Top 50 Ways to Stay Healthy (and Not Gain Weight) During the Holidays

We still have almost two weeks left in December – it’s not too late to be intentional with your health and weight. If you’re thinking you’ve blown it or that you’ll wait until the New Year to think about it, then this post is really for you! Here are my “Top 50 Ways to Stay Healthy (and Not Gain Weight) During the Holidays”:

  1. Don’t make NY resolutions – it’s too easy to let yourself off the hook now.
  2. If you use the “back burner” at least have it turned on (no all-or-nothing).
  3. Prepare for the expected – it shouldn’t take you by surprise.
  4. Learn from prior years – what would you do differently this year?
  5. Plan for parties – what will you eat/drink, or not?
  6. Don’t “save up” calories – skipping meals leads to a pig out.
  7. Set your standard (e.g. # of parties, networking events, etc.).
  8. Walk 15.5 miles this month (that’s 10 minutes/day at a 3mph pace).
  9. Month of gratitude.
  10. Ferociously prioritize.
  11. No “shoulds” – you don’t have to accept every invitation.
  12. Be conscious – food simply being “there” isn’t a reason to eat it.
  13. Be picky – not all treats are worth it. Eat only the best.
  14. Honor your curfew – remember how you feel when you don’t get enough sleep.
  15. Savor holiday treats – and please don’t feel guilty.
    Gingerbread_Photo by Mira Bozhko on Unsplash
    Photo by Mira Bozhko on Unsplash
  16. Be realistic – you’re only human 🙂
  17. Avoid drama – craft a graceful response to remove yourself from these situations.
  18. Go ice skating – seriously, how fun!
  19. Space out adult beverages with water.
  20. Be kind to yourself – you’re doing the best you can and so is everyone else.
  21. Maintain regular sleep times.
  22. Identify what’s most important…and don’t let it get overshadowed by the ubiquity of shiny objects this time of year.
  23. Decide what healthy looks like for you.
  24. If it’s going to be cold have appropriate outerwear on hand (eliminating that excuse!) so that you can exercise and keep active.
  25. Get in the good stuff – eat it first so you don’t fill up on what’s not that great.
  26. People over food – remember gatherings are for connecting; let food be secondary.
  27. Go e-free during holiday gettogethers.
  28. Don’t get hooked – others need not get you riled up.
  29. Be intentional so that your words and actions serve your priorities.
  30. Don’t lament over last night’s buffet – forgive yourself and move on.
  31. Decide how you want to feel Jan. 1 – and let that drive what you do the rest of Dec.
  32. Imagine how it feels to be in integrity – to do what you say is important to you.
  33. Take time out for yourself – it’s the only way you can fully be there for others.
  34. You don’t have to “get it out of the house.” A box of, say, See’s Candies can last well into next month – you don’t need to eat it all before Jan. 1.
  35. Caught in traffic? Breathe deeply to de-stress, and focus on what’s good.
  36. Find new, healthy favorites – ever tried mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes (or a blend of the two)?
  37. Move in the morning – start your day with some bit of exercise/activity.
  38. Cheesy movie night – something that makes you smile (or happy cry).
  39. Listen to music you enjoy – and move to it.
  40. Don’t deprive – fit in your favorites to avoid Diet Deprivation Backlash.
  41. Send party food home with your guests.
  42. Take in the sunshine – it stimulates feel-good serotonin.
  43. Feeling sick? Stay home! Everyone will be glad you did.
  44. Hydrate!
  45. Eat to sufficiency – more is really not enjoyable and it starts a downward spiral.
  46. Eat when you’re hungry – too hungry leads to over-eating.
  47. Bring a healthy potluck option – you’ll have at least one healthy choice to rely on (some people will even thank you for it).
  48. Re-gift calories – take gifts of holiday treats to a shelter or a neighbor in need.
  49. Re-think traditions – what would an enjoyable, healthy one look like?
  50. Freeze it – you’ll be happy to have a holiday treat to thaw out in January.

Trust me. It isn’t too late. Your effort now will pay off in January when you feel healthy and strong, and happy with how you handled the holidays.
If you want further details on any of these you’ll find four posts during this past month at Facebook. You’re always free to email me, too – I love getting your questions!
Be on the lookout for my next Top 50 list as we start 2018. In the meantime, share with me below how you’re handling health and weight during the holidays.

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