Keeping in line with all the Holiday shenanigans I thought I’d share some easy tips to keep the calories and carbs in check over the holidays. One area I think most people (myself included) seem to drop the ball with their fitness goals has to do with what they are drinking. I see this all the time from the super fancy coffee drinks to the sugar laden cocktails at happy hour.
Now, please don’t misunderstand. I LOVE a good bourbon mule or a couple glasses of wine from time to time, but I am also fully aware that those calories count just as much as the ones we are eating. So with that in mind, lets get down to some hacks you can start using today to help you stay on track with your longterm fitness goals. Because whether we like it or not, what we eat, drink, and do today impact what we feel, look, and ultimately act like tomorrow.
Without further ado, lets get into the tips…
Tip 1: Go on the rocks over neat. The ice will water down the alcohol a bit, giving you the ideal that you are drinking more thus making you feel less tempted to go for yet another.
Tip 2: Skip the sugary soda and/or juice. Instead opt for club soda or seltzer water with a splash of juice or fresh fruit instead. Think gin and tonic.
Tip 3: Keep the drinking to one or two days per week. Now this doesn’t mean an all out binge fest on those days. Still practice mindfulness and think about some of the other tips I shared in Healthy Holidays.
Tip 4: This one might seem so silly and super simple, but is often overlooked. Keep your serving size in check. When you pour yourself a glass of wine is it really only 4 oz or is it the whole glass?
Tip 5: Sip it slowly. Allow yourself to really enjoy the drink, and again practice some awareness as to why you are drinking in the first place. To be social and to enjoy the cocktail, beer, or glass of wine is just fine. To be buffering your feelings or to help you cope with other life events, maybe not so much.
Well, that’s what I’ve got for you this week! Happy Holidays and cheers to being mindful, enjoying yourself, and thriving!
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