We’ve crossed the holiday season starting line, and the finish line is about 6-weeks away. Are you ready for this long-distance, endurance challenge? The reality of this time of year is that expectations are high, and our personal needs are not always top priority. In addition, you are bombarded with empty-calories over the entire holiday season. So, how do you plan to perform your best and finish 2013 like a Rock Star?
Here is my survival guide
- Get plenty of sleep. You have parties to go to and family and friends to visit. You don’t have to say yes to every invitation. Schedule yourself with balance, and sneak in naps whenever you can. Avoid over doing it on caffeine as this will just lead to mood swings and lower lows.
- Exercise! Schedule it in 5 days or more each week and especially on the days you plan to do the most celebrating.
- Eat and Drink alcohol in moderation. More mood swings and hangovers do not make for merriment.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand. Smart snacking can keep you going until next meal, but it’s important to pay attention to what you’re snacking on. Keep fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, low-fat cheese, Greek yogurt, and low-fat cottage cheese conveniently on hand. But keep those empty-calorie processed snacks like chips, cookies, candy, pretzels, and crackers out of reach.
- Hydrate well. It is not uncommon to misinterpret thirst for hunger, so carry a water bottle with you when you’re on the go this holiday season. Men should aim for at least 13 cups and women 9 cups of fluid on a daily basis. (Reminder: one cup is equal to 8 fluid ounces.) Water is the best choice this time of year. This will leave you with more calories to spend at the parties and celebrations.
Happy Holidays Rock Stars!
Judy Porter, RD
Fit Livin’ Director of Wellness