January 1st is little more than a month away.
Have you thought about what you hope to accomplish in 2011? Do those goals or resolutions involve getting in shape? Eating better? Losing weight?
Why wait until January to get started? Why not start the new year well on your way to accomplishing those goals? Get ahead of the game!
Follow the tips below during December to ensure a great start to 2011;
1. Drink lots of water. First thing in the morning, with each snack and meal, between alcoholic drinks at a party. Water flushes toxins out of your system and makes you feel full, thereby reducing the amount of food you’re likely to consume during the day.
2. Go to the gym. Three 1-hour sessions each week should be enough to maintain your current fitness level during the busy holiday season. Exercise not only helps to reduce stress, it helps to regulate sleep (see 3. below) and mood (and it keeps you out of the kitchen!).
3. Get lots of sleep. Aim for 8 hours each night. Sleep is your body’s way of re-charging. It helps you manage stress and gives your muscles time to recover from exercise (you did get to the gym, right?).
4. Focus on healthy foods. With all those parties and social functions, there will likely be more opportunities to stray from your nutrition plan this month. Enjoy your splurges (within reason), but make fruits, veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates your dietary staples. Attempt to maintain your current weight this month.
5. Practice mindful eating. Eat 5-6 small meals, spaced evenly throughout your day. Avoid eating in response to boredom, stress and social pressure. Think about how you feel before, during and after a meal.
6. Take time for yourself. Spend 30 min each day doing something you enjoy. Something that relaxes you and makes you feel good about yourself. Take a walk with a friend. Watch a movie with your partner. Go skating with your children. Knit (seriously, repetitive manual tasks have been shown to reduce stress).
7. If all else fails, eat, drink and be merry and see me in the new year!