Maintaining your Waistline & Sanity this Holiday Season by Jamie Dockiewicz

Maintaining your Waistline & Sanity this Holiday Season by Jamie Dockiewicz

It’s the end of October, and Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are right around the corner.  Now is the time to create a personal action plan for stress management and wellness.  Here are some helpful tips to ensure your sanity as well as your waist line.

1)  Get adequate sleep. Have you ever noticed how you gravitate towards more junk food or mindless eating the day after a night of tossing and turning or going to bed too late?  You are more likely to make good eating choices when your body is well rested.  Create a good bedtime routine for yourself and start practicing it now.  Relax with a cup of decaf herbal tea, enjoy a good book, and eliminate screen time an hour before bed.

2)  Make good eating choices in anticipation of celebrations.  You do not have to skip a piece of your mom’s favorite apple pie on Thanksgiving.  Depravity is not the answer. However, you should make sound nutritional decisions leading up to holiday meals or special occasions.  Applying an “If…then…” mentality makes a huge difference. If I know I will want a slice of that pie on Thanksgiving, then I will make a more concerted effort to eat clean and avoid eating empty calories.

3) Accountability. Late night Christmas parties, holiday shopping, wrapping, and a seemingly endless To Do List can easily drain your energy.  These tasks can quickly become overwhelming, and it’s easy to want to skip your workout to “get things done.”  Make a commitment with a group of friends, significant other, or a buddy to ensure your workout accountability.  You may not walk into the gym feeling like you have the energy to work out, but more often than not, you will leave more energized and empowered to tackle your day than if you skipped.