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Healthy Eating During The Holidays

As moms and entrepreneurs we do so much. Running a home and a home base business can leave you exhausted onEat healthy during the holidays regular days. Now we’re adding the holiday stress to our already too busy schedules.

And of course our healthy eating goes right out the window with the munching, snacking, get togethers and holiday parties…I’m gaining weight as I type!

So remember to take care of yourself mom; your business and your family depend on you. You can’t afford to go through the holidays dragging, tired, exhausted or worse yet sick. Here are some tips for eating healthy during the holidays.

Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated helps you to focus better, it curves the appetite (for some people), and it keeps you energized. I’m told that many people mistake thirst for hunger. I know I often do and when I reach for something to snack on I have to stop and ask myself, “Am I hungry or thirsty?” Add lemon or a little peppermint oil to spice it up.

Don’t forget to exercise: I know you don’t have time. Neither do I, but on the 3 days a week that I do get out I’m amazed at how good I feel. Exercising releases endorphins that regulates your blood sugar, relieves stress and make you feel happier! If you’re like me exercise  doesn’t “feel” like exercise if I’m not on a machine and sweating. However, I’ve learned not to discount the power of a walk.

Don’t drink unless you’re eating: Eat first. Food slows down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream. And if you like the sweet, girlie drinks just know that they are loaded with sugar and calories. A margarita has 67.63 in 1 oz! A frozen daiquiri has 53.94 in 1 oz! Do your homework. Personally, I haven’t had one of these in years just because of the sugar content alone! Oh, how I miss a good virgin daiquiri! But the next day I am as lethargic as someone who had a entire bottle of rum. Forget about it.

Keep eating: Sounds weird but to keep the famished, low-blood sugar monster away you must feed him regularly; or else he comes out and makes you (me) eat everything in sight. Eat every couple of hours and keep it light. I keep mini carrots and raisins mixed with sunflower seeds on hand to keep my monster away…but sometimes he eats all of the raisins and seeds and then starts on the left-over pizza and anything else…sigh.

I found this great site that will help you keep count of your holiday calories (if you’re into that type of thing).

Moms,we must take care of ourselves. People are counting on us.

Do you have a tip for healthy eating during the holidays?

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To Our Mutual Success, Lady T

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  • Life Compass
    January 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I agree with Nicole…doing 10 minute quickie exercises a few times a day helps to keep my metabolism going. I LOVE to eat all the holiday foods. But smaller portions is key for me.

    • Lady T
      January 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      Smaller portions is key for all of us…but so difficult to follow through on! Sigh

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  • Coach Jenn
    December 13, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Excellent tips. Stopping by from Bookieboo.

    • Lady T
      December 23, 2009 at 10:05 am

      Hi Jenn! I’m sure you have some great tips to offer. Stay healthy!

  • Hollye Clardy
    December 13, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I have found one of the best things is not to get too carried away with cooking the holiday treats. I found if I cook them, we eat them.

    I have decided to save us the calories, and I don’t make them. Simplifies my life and it works well!

    • Lady T
      December 13, 2009 at 1:04 am

      My children are still young, so i have to cook and bake the treats. I do this to eliminate the store-brought stuff laden w/preservatives and white sugar. And I’m teaching my boys how to cook and bake. Sheesh, I’ll be a size Blippo by the time the youngest turns 10!

  • Constance
    December 12, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    My tip is to pay attention to what you’re eating rather than eating absent mindedly. This works great for desserts. If I eat one cookie and pay attention to how delicious it is, I often don’t need another! Also, be aware of the sugar train. Once you hop on, you just keep wanting more and more. Happy Holidays … whatever you celebrate.

    • Lady T
      December 15, 2009 at 9:22 pm

      Constance you are right. That sugar train is an enjoyable ride, until I’m dragging the next day. Thx for the reminder. Happy Holidays to you too…whatever you celebrate. I celebrate Christmas. If I could find the time we would celebrate Kwanzaa and if we could find some time and Jewish people here in this little town of SC I would celebrate Hanukkah!

  • Nicole Dean
    December 12, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Two tips:

    1. Make sure you’re eating protein. A lot of us grab carb snacks like crackers and find ourselves hungry again in 15 minutes, whereas a cheese stick may hold us over for longer.

    2. Even a 10 minute quick workout can really make a difference. I used to think I had to find 45 minutes to exercise – so I didn’t do anything! Now, I try to take 10 minutes to do a quick workout every hour and it makes a big difference. (Of course, I don’t do it every hour, but just changing my thinking is getting me to squeeze in a lot more exercise in the day.)

    Hope it helps!

    • Lady T
      December 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm

      Yes Nicole, protein is very important! It’s so easy to snack on crackers, chips, pretzels,etc. I love crunchy foods and eat way too many!

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It)
    December 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I had a great guest blog post from Judy a while back with many of the same tips you have here. I linked to it above.

    My best tip for healthy eating during the holidays is to keep up your regular routine especially when it comes to exercise. Usually when I do that, I tend not to overdo it when it comes to the big meals. I did really good at Thanksgiving with keeping my portion control in check.

    We’ll be in Jamaica for Christmas and are always active on a daily basis there so hopefully I can do well with portion control.

    • Lady T
      December 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks for the blog link; great info! I was very bad at Thanksgiving but will do better for Christmas. I hope you have a happy, active time in Jamaica!!


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