Say “NO!” to holiday calories; “YES!” to dropping a pant size! Some tips…

Worried about going up a pant size or two this holiday season? Here are a few tips to make this season healthy and guilt-free:

Stay active, and enjoy this season’s activities with loved ones. Find a buddy you can stay active with/or check in with.

Weight yourself dailytracking progress is important in your weight loss journey.

Eat healthy food before going to holiday parties. This is a good way to avoid temptation, and regret the morning after. I usually eat a lot of protein (keeps you fuller longer), and either eat nothing at a party, or snack on raw veggies. And I still enjoy myself — it’s the company that matters 🙂

-I eat on thanksgiving just like any other day: I fill my plate with veggies (I enjoy kale, squash, and Swiss chard, among other super-healthy veggies), and eat as much turkey as I want (protein is key!)

-Avoid the holiday drinks. Alcohol, fancy juices, soda, etc. Liquid calories sneak up on you, and before you know it, you’re up a couple of pant sizes by the end of the season…I opt for water and green tea.

-I have some fruit instead of dessert. If you feel tempted, simply eat some fruit first, drink water, and see if you have any room for dessert 🙂

Take pictures of what you eat. Keeping a (digital) food journal will encourage you to improve your food choices and stay on track.

-Try to reduce holiday stress. Avoid the holiday consumer mania by making a budget and list before hitting the stores. Walk to the mall without cash or credit cards if you can.

Get enough sleep! Sleep is vital for health – it’ll help you make conscious health choices, and reduce stress.

These tips should help make your thanksgiving & Christmas healthy and relaxing 🙂 How do you enjoy a healthy holiday? Please share any tips/suggestions you may have. Happy holiday!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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