The Holiday Binge
Today is the last day of school for kids, the last day of work for employees (well, most employees), the last day in the city for vacation-bound travellers, and the last day of normalcy within most homes.
Why? Because it’s holiday time.
An exciting time for many and a frustrating time for others physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially (for those who participate in gift giving). Holidays are also the time when…get ready for it…SUGAR rears it head and becomes you friend for a week or two (and sometimes three).
But should we fear the almighty powder? That granulated goodness that comes in many forms of cakes, cookies, pies, brownies, and so on?
Truth be told, the answer is no.
My good friend and dietician Stacey Yunger is back again to give you some tips on how to stay focused even during the holiday season. So don’t prepare to write everything off yet!
I am not going to sugar coat it for you because chances are between now and 2016 there will be a lot of sugar. It is practically inevitable! Between holiday parties at work, family dinners, and celebrations with friends, it’s as if December won’t give us a break. It may start feeling like you should give up on your exercise regimen or forego healthy meals, but believe me when I say you can indulge and not go over the edge.
One of the key points in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is balance. It’s not about elimination; it’s about learning how to plan ahead so that you can enjoy a glass of wine with friends or taste your grandmother’s dessert. It’s not a surprise that food will be abundant within the next few weeks so it’s time to really stick to your exercise plan rather than push it aside and make it your New Year’s resolution. There is absolutely no reason why this needs to wait until 2016. You have kept it up throughout 2015 (hopefully) so why would you consider stopping now?
There will be plenty of parties where food choices may be difficult to make, but parties happen all year long (you have a birthday once a year too, don’t you?) If you have managed to attain your goals throughout the summer when attending every cinq a sept is a must, you can definitely do it now.
This holiday season take control. Not every meal will be an ordeal. Start your days off right with a healthy breakfast before hitting the office. Chances are if you include fiber and protein in your breakfast, which increases your satiety, you won’t reach for the chocolates from your colleague as early in the day. If you go to work on an empty stomach most likely your breakfast will consist of holiday treats!
Cheat days in my opinion are unnecessary; no day should be a write-off. Sometimes you need to feed your soul too! Every day should be a challenge to nourish your body and if you happen to go out for dinner with your friends so be it! We can’t stop living our lives by going to extremes and eliminating all “bad” foods or bingeing on everything in sight. I am not going to tell you the next two weeks will be easy because there will be many obstacles. I know the temptations are there so I plan my gym schedule along with my lunches each day. I also pay extra attention to emphasize fruits and vegetables to the best of my control.
The holidays are just another hump in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, so let’s end 2015 off on a sweet note!
Happy holidays everyone!
Stacey Yunger is a registered dietician in the province of Quebec, serving the needs of West Island community and Canadians all around. For more information, contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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