Tips for the Holidays

December 20, 2013

The holidays can be stressful time for some people.  It can be especially stressful for those wanting to prevent weight gain and for those who have recently had a bariatric surgery.  Here are some tips and tricks to help get you through.

  • Get moving!  Exercise is not something that should fall to the wayside during the holidays.  I usually try to squeeze in one extra work-out per week this time of year or make sure I’m always taking the stairs at work to get in some extra steps throughout the day.  Small amounts of calories can add up over time, so getting in some extra exercise will help give you some “wiggle room” to enjoy a few extra bites.   Luckily, the extra shopping for Christmas brings on extra walking.  So try taking one or two loops around the mall before you start.  You could also take the family for a walk around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights.  If it’s too cold or raining outside, turn on some music and start rocking around the Christmas tree  J
  • Plan ahead! Party foods can have a lot of hidden fat and sugar in them. You don’t want to try something new at a party, and end up getting sick because it didn’t agree with you.   If you are going to a pot-luck dinner or party, take a healthy dish that you know you can eat.  If it is not a pot-luck dinner, considering eating beforehand.   Having a high-protein snack before the party will keep you satisfied and make it easier to avoid excess snacking. 
  • Don’t be afraid to say NO. You may feel forced to eat foods because people keep putting them in front of you or you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.  Learn to say no politely, such as “No thank you, I’m stuffed. Everything was delicious”, or “I can’t eat another bite, but everything was wonderful”.  You will start to find that saying no isn’t so hard after all.
  • Focus on socializing.  The best part about the holidays is that we get to visit with friends and family that we may not get to see very often.  Focus your attention and energy on spending quality time with the ones you love.  Bring out the Wii or Twister mat and play a game.  Watch a movie or have a touch football game in the yard.  Conversation and memories are calorie-free! 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our staff!!

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