It’s no secret that the holidays present a unique series of challenges for those of us who try to be mindful about what we put in our bodies. On a normal weekday, it’s easier to keep snacks and treats out of sight and stay on track with a healthier diet. On a weekday between October 1st and January 1st, it can feel like a constant struggle to navigate around the junk food without giving in just a little.
And then giving in too much.
And then regretting it.
A friend of mine recently shared her secrets to avoid the snack-attack cave-in. Next time you see a tin of cookies, a mini candy bar, or a rogue piece of leftover pie, try one of these defense tactics to stay on track…
1. GO FOR A COVERT MINI WORKOUT
Find a place where you can be alone (a big bathroom stall will work if all else fails). Do a set of 15 squats, followed by 15 sit-ups, then 15 push-ups. This should be enough to remind your body that it wants to feel FIT not FAT.
2. DROWN YOUR CRAVING
It’s an old trick of the trade to drink a glass of water before a meal, to make yourself feel “full” before approaching the point of overeating. It’s also a great way to shut down the hunger spark that occurs when we first want a snack. Try drinking 16-32 ounces of water when you feel the craving come on, and then wait a few minutes to see if you’re still truly hungry.
3. PICK THE SMART PACKAGING
If you must snack, try to stick with something natural and healthy. Looking for the crunch of a potato chip? Snap into a few lightly salted carrot sticks. Do you have a sweet tooth? Steer clear of the chocolates and cookies and grab an apple or a handful of grapes. If your snack is packaged in its own skin, it’s a better option! ; )