1. Eat in the morning: Not eating in the morning may lead to overeating later on.
2. Stay hydrated: Make sure to drink enough water during the day. Dehydration usually masks itself as hunger. If you stay hydrated during the day, you will be less likely to overeat.
3. Get moving: Chip in and and do some chores–take out the garbage wash dishes. Burning extra calories here and there add up. Grab some alone time before the family gets together and go for a walk or do something more competitive and round up your friends and family. Play a game of football or bust a move on the dance floor.
4. Small plate: Large plates will make you consume more food because larger plates make your portion size look smaller than it really is. Use a small plate and divide your portions well, in order to not overeat.
5. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep could amp up your appetite.
6. Liquid calories: Calories from wine, egg nog, and juice can sneak up on you during the holidays.
7. Stop with the guilt: At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is meant to be enjoyed with loved ones. Don’t ruin your thanksgiving meal by stressing over calories; just enjoy them in moderation! Eating healthy is not about a diet, but about a change of lifestyle. Be proud of your conscious eating and your efforts to improve your habits and your life.
1. Wash your hands: It’s getting cold out, people are getting sick, and you’ll be in a confined space with lots of germs. Use clorox wipes to wipe down surfaces and wash your hands regularly.
2. Comfortable shoes: Your footwear will be critical to the success of your day. Poor fitting shoes can potentially lead to knee, hip, and back pain as well.
3. Make a budget: Plan your finances ahead of time to avoid stress levels. High stress increases cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that has many detrimental health ramifications, like weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decreased immune system. It is important to discuss financial limitations before the day of shopping. With a budget in mind, you’ll know exactly how much to spend and avoid financial stress during and after the holiday season.
4. Bundle up: If you’re going from store to store in a cold climate, be sure to layer appropriately to save yourself from waking up sick the next morning.
5. Food court: Choose wisely pack a snack and stay hydrated in order to keep yourself from overeating at the food court or fast food restaurant.
6. Stairs: If you happened to overeat last night during thanksgiving dinner or at lunch while shopping, use the stairs as an opportunity to burn extra calories.
7. Good sleep: Get a good night sleep to stay alert to find the best deals. A lack of sleep will not only rob you of those precious black friday deals, but the immune system is also compromised with a lack of sleep.
Thank You for Your Attention.
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Edited: Ffrancesca Famorcan
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