Healthy Eating Through The Holidays

The reason that most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first. -Robert J. Mccain

OK! We have our orders....first things first! As you enter into the Christmas season you will have plenty of opportunities to make healthy food and lifestyle choices (first things) or make choices that are not so good for you. Ultimately these will be your decisions, but I'd like to give you some ideas for navigating through the season and keeping your health as a priority.

1. Eat a little bit BEFORE you go to a party. If you go hungry, you may be tempted to park yourself at the snack table and finish off every dip, cake, and cookie.

2. Don't skip meals. You'll only be tempted to overeat later.

3. If you're going to a potluck, bring a healthy dish (and be sure to have some of it!)

4. For parties where you walk around and mingle, keep a cup/glass of water in your hand. You can't eat off a plate if you have a plate in one hand and your drink in the other. Therefore, you can pick up one thing to eat off the food table and walk away.

5. Practice these 3 little words. No. Thank. You. You don't have to eat everything that is offered to you. You don't even have to give a reason as to why you are declining. Just a simple, "No thank you" will do.

6. Increase your vegetable intake during the season. Not only will they fill you up, but you will be giving your body some much-needed nourishment.7. Be the last one in line. The food will look far less appealing after everyone else has had a crack at it!

8. Don't neglect exercise! You may not have time to keep up with vigorous workouts at the gym, but at least keep moving by taking the stairs, walking as much as possible and/or doing "half" your workout at the gym.

9. Practice self-care. Sit down and put your feet up for 15 minutes, take a 20-30 minute nap, soak in a nice hot bath.

10. You don't have to be perfect, just make better choices more often. If you overindulge, move forward and get back on track the next day.

11. "Fill up" on a good conversation. At a party, make it your mission to learn one new thing about every person you interact with. Ask lots of questions,  keep the conversation going.

12. Be a helpful guest. Assist your host by picking up those empty plates/cups, filling up empty serving dishes and offering to hang up guests' coats.

13. Focus on the reason for the season. Christmas is a remembrance of the birth of Jesus. God loves you so much that He sent Jesus to die in your place, to pay the debt for your sin that you could never pay. Accepting Jesus' sacrifice for you is the source of eternal life. Though you may die on earth, you will live forever with God in Heaven.

Now THAT'S keeping first things first!