25 Ways to DOMINATE the Christmas Dinner
It is December 22. So I thought it was only fitting that we go over some guidelines to help you ENJOY your Christmas dinner, but stay healthy at the same time.
Some of you are probably thinking "Yea right..." but I promise you these simple tricks can make a world of a difference!
but first, I have 5 tips for you to get the most out of Christmas: (Bonus list, hey hey hey)
- Watch Elf,.
- Drink some egg nog.
- Play with your kids
- Do something nice for someone else.
- Repeat numbers 3 and 4 as much as possible.
Now without further ado,
25 Ways to Dominate the Christmas Dinner
- Wake up earlier and spend 10-30 minutes moving/exercising.
- Make breakfast for the family. (Omelette bar perhaps)
- Drink 1 glass of water every hour or 1.5 hours.
- Play an active game (or with new toys with kids or family members. (catch, tag, Simon says.)
- Help make dinner.
- Make sure to bring a healthy and festive vegetable dish to the dinner.
- Stretch out (it really only takes 5 minutes for a basic stretching flow).
- Eat a small lunch centered around a balanced plate with veggies and lean protein.
- Make sure you don't socialize near the appetizer/snack table. Be at least an arms length away.
- Stand while socializing.
- Stand near the veggie platter instead of the cookies. (proximity matters)
- Ask plenty of questions. (attentive listening is a great distraction from external influences)
- Volunteer/do charity work with the family. (Count your blessings.)
- Go caroling or sing carols with your family.
- Put on some good Christmas music and dance together.
- Drink a glass of water before the Christmas dinner.
- Use a smaller plate, fork, and knife.
- Load up on veggies and protein for your first serving at dinner
- Save room for dessert (you don't need to be stuffed after dinner)
- Eat dessert...(health is more strategy than deprivation.)
- Be okay with the fact that you ate dessert....it won't kill you unless you habitualize it.
- Play charades or another mildly active game after dinner.
- Take a walk after dinner.
- Don't overdo the drinking, give yourself a limit. (If you usually drink 6 drinks, aim for 3...be realistic)
- Relax, you don;t have to stress out about eating bad, the work it takes to prepare dinner, drama, or anything else that will cause stress.... just find beauty in the present and enjoy what life serves up.
it doesn't have to be stressful, just make the right decisions and choose to value those decisions....
Also, if you do indulge in more treats than you should, be okay with it! It is one day, and one day doesn't determine your success...the accumulation of your days will determine your success...be conscious, be forgiving, and be responsible.
Have a Merry Christmas to you all! and don't forget to count your blessing....
In love and Christmas Cheer,
p.s. you may see the list and think "this isn't about Christmas dinner... but indeed it is, one meal isn't what hinders your results, and what you do before your meals has a huge role on the impact that the food imprints in your system.....You want to enjoy Christmas treats and drinks, make sure you make everything else that day just a little bit better....