I absolutely love this article! I think it’s great to go into the holiday season with a plan for not gaining a million pounds.
by Kara Birkey | Staff Writer for The Snap Mom
The Holidays are fast approaching, and you’ve probably already been subjected to multiple holiday treats and meals. It doesn’t take long for those pesky pounds to begin to add up. Be prepared with a game plan. Here are some ideas to avoid tipping the scales (and maybe LOSING weight) during the holidays…
1. Intermittent Fasting
Have you heard of it? Intermittent fasting is not a diet. Yes, you heard right… NO dieting- Woot Woot! Intermittent fasting is simply minimizing the timeframe that you eat within each day. I have been testing intermittent fasting for the past month and have lost 4 pounds so far. There are many different ways to approach intermittent fasting, but I’ve chosen to follow the “16 hour fast to 8 hours eating” method. In this method, I chose to set my eating window to between 11am and 7pm. The idea behind the 16+ hour fasting is to give your body adequate time to digest and reset. I’m no professional, so if you are interested in learning more, here is a good site to start with.
*Disclaimer* The goal here is not to starve yourself so if you struggle with any type of eating disorder, I would discourage you from trying intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is also not an excuse to eat crap for 8 hours straight. In all honesty, I have given myself way more freedom than normal in what I eat during my time of transitioning. I am just now working on eating more consistently healthy during my 8 hours.
2. Stay Active
Whether you are a regular fitness buff or not, there are ways to increase activity to aid in digestion and burn calories all throughout the day.
–Take a walk before and/or after large meals. This doesn’t have to be an intense workout, just something to boost the heart rate and get things moving in the right direction.
–Do a quick 5 minute workout before hopping in the shower– ex. 30 seconds jumping jacks, 30 seconds running in place, 30 seconds push-ups, 30 seconds sit ups, 30 seconds plank (repeat 2 times).
–Stand whenever possible. I have created for myself a stand up computer work space. This keeps me more mobile during the times when I plan on being on the computer for long periods of time (on a side note- it is also better for posture and circulation).
You get the point…Find ways to be active that are realistic and fit into your life.
3. Pick Your Poison
It’s inevitable, unhealthy foods will be eaten. It’s important to allow ourselves to splurge now and then. What is not necessary is to say “yes” to every unhealthy option presented to us. I love cookies- soft, gooey, half done, fresh out of-the-oven cookies….Mmmmm. It is incredibly difficult for me to say no to such a delicious treat. What I don’t have much difficulty saying no to is cake. Pick your battles…Reject the treats that are just mediocre to you. When you choose to “go for it,” eat in moderation (as much as possible)!
After an over-the-top large meal make healthy choices for the rest of the day and maybe even the entire next day. This gives our bodies a chance to recover and not get into a rut of junk food binging. Let the junk food be the exception, not the norm.
So, with those tips in mind…Go ahead and enjoy the holiday season!!
Jesse and Kara live in Tampa Bay, Florida with their two amazing kids. Jesse is a Firefighter/Paramedic and author while Kara is a part time Assistant and full time Wife and Mommy. They are both passionate about marriage and family and helping others succeed where they’ve failed. Check out their blog: www.jessebirkey.com