Kathy Kaehler’s Holiday Spark Plugs

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 Today, Daily Concepts is honored to have fitness expert Kathy Kaehler sharing some tips to make it through the holiday season without blowing health and fitness goals.

 Ah, the holiday season is here again.  Does it feel like you just got your workout plan set up, only to have it blasted off the calendar with one holiday party after another?  You’re not alone. Below are my favorite go to spark plug tips that will charge you through the season and keep you in the fast lane to a healthier new year:
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1. Have a positive mindset.  If you’re constantly thinking about how you’re missing out on all the delicious desserts, or how getting off sugar is too hard, you won’t have the willpower to keep going.  Telling yourself, “I can do this, and I want it!” will make it much easier to stick with the plan.
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2.  Enlist the help of a partner.  If someone in your circle of friends, or a co-worker, is interested in living a healthier lifestyle, keep them close at holiday parties. Remind each other why you’re doing what you’re doing and offer them extra motivation.
Kicking the sugar habit with a pal can help to avoid eating all of the sweet goodies you might be craving.  You can even turn it into a game or competition with your friends or family.  Come up with a reward… massages, facials or a shopping spree.
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3.  Don’t show up to the holiday party STARVING!  If you’re hungry when you get to the party you may be doomed.  Plan ahead.  Eat a small, balanced meal every three to four hours on party day so you don’t show up underfed.  Protein rich snacks are the best for resisting cravings. And… drink lots of water.  A great pre-party snack is a piece of whole wheat toast, boiled egg with a slice of avocado.  At the party, head for the fresh raw veggies, sparkling water, clear cocktails and more water.
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4.  Choose a few things to indulge in that you don’t eat often.  There are seasonal desserts such as pumpkin pie and Christmas cookies that don’t come around except during the holidays  However, indulging doesn’t mean eating the whole pie.  Allow yourself the “bite.” Then, be in the moment of the deliciousness while you savor the bite and enjoy it.
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5.  Make sure it is not just thirst that is causing you to reach for another dessert.  People often mistake hunger for thirst due to an energy drop when you’re dehydrated.   Try drinking water with a squeeze of lemon or lime for some added flavor.  A Soda Stream machine can turn your flat water into a sparkling delight and with their new natural flavors you feel like you are having a sweet treat without the calories or guilt.
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6.  Don’t beat yourself up and remain positive if you go overboard. If you find yourself bummed out because you ate this or that, forgive yourself and move on. Resolve to eat healthier and exercise a little more to compensate and balance out the extra calories. Everyday is a new day to start fresh.
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Thanks, Kathy! These came through at the perfect time!

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