Holiday Survival Tip #11: Remember How Many Days There Are Between Thanksgiving and New Year
“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas,” unknown.
There are 33 days between Thanksgiving and New Year. Do you really want to let go for a twelfth of your year? You can stay on track through the holiday period like you have for the rest of the year. The odd splurge and fabulous dinner are, of course, allowed. Throwing caution to the wind is not.
Holiday Survival Tip #12: Get Enough Sleep
The relationship between weight management and sleep is underrated. For a start, if you feel rested and have enough energy, chances are you won’t be reaching for pick-me-ups (usually sugar and caffeine) at all hours of the day.
Secrets to getting a good night’s sleep:
- Don’t eat too late (post 8 PM). The liver goes to work sorting out your system between 10 PM and 2 AM. Help it out by not eating too late and you’ll avoid indigestion.
- Don’t drink too much. The second glass of wine inevitably leads to a 4 AM internal wake-up call. Trust me, I know. Without vino, I sleep for 9 glorious, uninterrupted hours.
- Start cutting back on liquids in the evening so you don’t have to get up to go to the bathroom during the night. Drink most of your water in the morning to rehydrate and the early part of the afternoon to keep you going and to stave off hunger.
Holiday Survival Tip #13: Keep The Unhealthy Stuff Out of Sight
Out of sight is truly out of mind. While that might not be good for the love of your life, it’s perfect for the inevitable influx of candies and cookies that should be starting to head your way about now. If you’re not going to re-gift them, stick them in the back of a cupboard where you have to make an effort to get them when you really want them. If they’re in plain sight, that’s an invitation to mindless eating.
Finally, how the heck are you doing with these tips? Do let me know in the comments below.