I still can’t believe today is Halloween. It seems so surreal. Maybe it’s living in South Florida and the fact that I walked to Starbucks this morning in a tank top. Maybe it’s that I was just in DC last week, oh wait I was there October 1 ;). Or maybe its that is seems like the year just started! Do you feel like this too? In any case, I feel like Halloween marks the unofficial official start of the holiday season.
As I was thinking about this – I thought hmmm…. How can we approach this holiday season a little differently? A little healthier? A little more intentionally? Which lead me to write up the follow few pointers to get through the next two months keeping our health and happiness in mind J So here it goes, my 5 tricks over treats for the 2016 holiday season
5. Make it a point to commit to an exercise program during the holiday season.
Just because we are entering into the months of November and December, or as my brother calls it “Sweatshirt season” doesn’t mean our workouts have to fall off the bandwagon. In face this is probably the best time to engage in a workout program. You don’t need to wait for Jan 1 to start. Why not start tomorrow, November 1? What do you have to lose? So whether it’s a 20-30 minute walk five days a week, weight training for 20 minutes 3 days a week, or a combination of both, chose something and commit. You will thank yourself come January 1 when everyone else is just getting started, you will have your routine in action.
4. Be mindful of liquid calories.
This time of year is filled with gatherings, potlucks, parties, dinners and so on. Between PSL (pumpkin spiced lattes), ciders (spiked and not), egg nog, hot chocolate, and cocktails at parties, those calories to count J. It’s not saying that we can’t enjoy them but it is important to practice moderation and be mindful. One way to help manage liquid calorie consumption is to always have water with you. Alternate between a liquid beverage and water.
3. Booze or Bread (from Jill Coleman).
I love this slogan Jill Coleman taught me. When dining out or enjoying the company of others, I like to employ this trick. If I decide to enjoy a drink, I will forgo the bread and if I decide to enjoy the bread I will forgo the alcohol. It’s a small trade off to be made in the moment but can have a huge impact for the good or not so good in the long run. And whenever you have FOMO (fear of missing out) remind yourself that there will be more drinks and more bread ;) – there’s no shortage.
2. Split desserts.
This time of year is loaded with all kinds of delicious treats. And if you grew up in a household like mine, there seems to be an infinite supply of them. Why not share? So whether you’re in home, at a party, or out to dinner, enjoy your dessert with someone else. You will save yourself some calories and be able to share that tasty treat with someone you care about.
1. Take it one day at a time.
We can’t change what happened yesterday and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring but we can be present today. Therefore when making choices, make them mindfully with a purpose. The holiday season will fly
by, just as the rest of this year has. I mean can you believe tomorrow is going to be November 1 of 2016?! So each day, live with intention. Make healthy choices and enjoy the holiday season.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween and I look forward to connecting with you throughout the Holiday season. I would love to hear about your workouts, lifestyle, and plans in general!