3 Ways to Beat the Holiday Belly Bulge

Ice skating in HollandOf all the recipes that are floating around during the holidays, you might have overlooked the most common recipe. That is, the recipe for weight gain and poor health. Just mix some stress, lack of sleep, poor diet and you’ll easily find yourself having a hard time fitting in your favorite jeans. It might seem simple enough to just give up and give in to the holiday chaos and worry about the repercussions come January. But what if there were some simple things you could do now that would make the holidays a breeze? What if you could manage the stress, sleep like a lamb and resist holiday diet-busting goodies all the while still accomplishing everything on your holiday to-do list and ending up enjoying your holidays even more? Sound about as realistic as Dancer and Prancer arriving on your rooftop?  Try these simple tips and see for yourself how you really can have a healthy and happy holiday season.

  1. Stop Dieting: Yes, you heard right. This is not the go-ahead to binge like a maniac on every turkey and truffle that comes across your path. Instead, it’s a reminder that eating healthy is a way of life. When you promise yourself that you’ll go on a diet tomorrow, you give yourself permission to go overboard today. That kind of inconsistency can throw your body out of whack and wreak havoc on your blood sugar causing poor sleep, irritability and weight gain. It’s much better to live each day in moderation, eating mostly healthy things and allowing a few small indulgences so you don’t feel deprived.
  2. Get a Good Night’s Sleep: Santa may spend all night flying around the world delivering gifts and holiday cheer, but that doesn’t mean you have to. If you want to be able to handle everything that your busy day throws at you and have the ability to resist sugary temptations, you must get good, quality, consistent sleep. That means going to bed at the same time every night (preferably between 10pm and 11pm according to some studies) and sleeping a solid 7 to 9 hours. If you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, make sure you stop all caffeine before noon and give yourself a nice wind down period about an hour before bed. This means you can meditate, drink some herbal tea, read or journal to help relax yourself and get prepared to rest.
  3. Move Your Body: Sticking to a workout regimen may feel like the most impossible item on your holiday to-do list, but it’s one of the most important. Getting moving on a daily basis not only will help you avoid the typical holiday weight-gain, but it will also boost your energy, your mood and will help you sleep better. Plus, there’s nothing like going for a quick, brisk jog to bust that holiday stress. And your workout doesn’t have to be gangbusters every day. Even 15 minutes can do you a world of good. Try speedwalking your holiday shopping, taking the stairs or going ice skating with the family. There are plenty of ways to squeeze in some movement into your busy schedule.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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