This is a hectic time of year. We are all very busy working a full time job, part time job, managing the household, chauffeuring the kids to everyplace under the sun. The fall sports season is about to end, the winter sports season is gearing up. Holiday shopping is on your mind and you are behind schedule. Your friends and family are beckoning you for visits, your laundry is overflowing and you have to still figure out what to cook for dinner.
Does this sound familiar? The holidays can be a stressful time of year. There is so much stuff to do and the days don’t grant you extra hours to get it all done. The daylight turns to a night time sky earlier than you desire and you feel sleepy at 5 pm because of it.
On top of all of the above, it becomes difficult for many of us to eat healthy during the holiday season because we are always on the go and sometimes we make bad choices. Not to mention, we are perpetually surrounded by baked goods and delicious treats and well ….damn! Why did your colleague have to bring in all those cookies!
We have assembled a few tips on how to keep those unwanted pounds off during the holiday season and if you follow these easy-breezy tips you will be pleased:
(PS. Always consult your doctor before changing your diet!)
1. Absolutely no Soda
Soda is wasted calories and if you knew how much sugar was in 1 can it may not prove so tempting after all. Just look at the ingredients. The average cola contains carbonated water, caramel color, natural flavors, caffeine, phosphoric acid and high-fructose corn syrup.
2. Watch The Carb Intake.
Maintaining a balanced diet is very important. Eh hem, having a bowl of spaghetti at 10 pm = bad idea. If you are going to carbo load do it early enough in the day so you have time to burn it off.
3. Eat Healthy Snacks.
This time of year you will be moving from place to place like a lightening bolt. Pack healthy snacks that will actually fill you up. Girliemom recommend the Kind Healthy Grain Bars. They are delicious, healthy and will keep plenty satisfied until your next meal. Girliemom first discovered the KIND bars at Trader Joes and then noticed them again at her office. They are gluten free and you can actually pronounce all the ingredients!
4. Drink water and LOTS of it.
Drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before each meal makes you feel fuller, without having consumed any calories at all. Plus, it will make your skin look great, which is certainly an added bonus.
5. Get out there and MOVE!
Now is not the time to stop exercising because you are ‘busy’. We all are busy. Get out your iphone and headset and hit the pavement. Enjoy the fresh crisp air and some solo time with yourself. You will be amazed how awesome you will feel.
6. Avoid late night Snacking.
Try to avoid anything after 7 pm. This can be difficult especially if you are running around with the kids. Good planning is key!
Did you know?
Kind started off with 4 bars in 2004 and has grown to over 22 bars in just a few years.
Now that’s impressive! Thank you to Kristi and KIND for sending us some samples to try. YUM!