The holidays are around the corner and we all know the dangers of holiday food and weight gain. On average, most Americans gain one pound from November to February, and while that may not seem like a lot the fat that is gained during this time is often stubborn and most people never lose it. There are ways to avoid holiday weight gain, without hiding or starving :). It is OKAY to indulge in holiday favorites like pecan pie, eggnog, and even sugar cookies as long as you make sure to watch your portions, and to opt for healthier options when possible. Also, if you are baking your own delectable holiday treats, why not try to look for healthier ways to cook your favorite recipes? For example,I found a healthier, delicious recipe for one of my favorite deserts, pecan pie:
2 cups almonds, soaked for one hour, drained, dried
3 dozen pitted dates, soaked for one hour, drained
1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups raw pecans, soaked for one hour, drained, dried
Extra-virgin olive oil
Often during the winter months the cold can hinder us from exercising, and having fewer daylight hours can often leave us feeling unmotivated — even depressed. One way to stay motivated and active during the winter is to consider working out in the early morning before work — even if that means just bundling up and going for a walk, but it’s obviously better if you can get to a gym before heading in to the 9-5 routine. You’ll be surprised how much energy you’ll have to get you through the day from your energizing morning. Even a mid day stroll during lunch with some fresh sunlight can make a difference, and keep you on track with your fitness goals.
It is not uncommon for weight to fluctuate a little during the holidays, so don’t freak out — just make sure you stick to your summer health habits. Eat three well portioned meals a day with little snacks in between. Enjoy the holidays and be healthy :).