It’s coming. The holidays they are just around the corner.   The temptation of sweet candies treats and sweet aromas make it so hard to maintain healthy habits, but it is possible.    The holidays are filled with cheer and times spent with those you love, leaving less time to work out and focus on your health.   Despite all the good cheer and celebrating, the holidays can be extremely stressful. Your health can take a major beating as you shop, plan dinners, and spend time with family. To help offset the natural temptation during the holidays and stay healthy; follow this game plan to get you through.

The first thing to remember during the holidays is to remember to take care of you and don’t overcommit.  Taking on too many tasks at once can be exhausting and lead to migraines. Learn to say no when your plate is already full.

Keep good sleeping habits.  Working day in and day out can make you more susceptible to colds and illnesses in addition to weight gain.  Strive to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

If you feel that you are coming down with a cold, take immediate precaution. Drink lots of fluids and medication to prevent the cold from lasting longer or leading to additional symptoms.

Don’t bother trying to diet instead work in healthy habits when you can.  By doing as much as you can to stay healthy during the holidays, makes it easier to transition after the holidays.

Use others around you to stay disciplined. Use others for support by helping you refrain from seconds or put too much on your plate to start.

Make healthy food choices whenever you can. Don’t skip meals or go long periods without eating.  By prolonging meals and not choosing healthy snacks in-between meals will cause you to binge and over eat.

If you have a dinner to attend, eat a small meal or snack before. By eating an apple, nuts, or rice and vegetables will help curb the urge to eat too much.

Drink throughout the day to help control eating habits and stay hydrated.  Often time when you think you’re hungry you’re actually thirsty.   Drink before meals and especially first thing in the morning to jump start your day.

As you move into a busy holiday season remember to not forget about you and your health.  Stay active throughout the week and challenge yourself to fight the temptation and indulge in less treats or opt for less fat low calorie options.

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