The holiday season can be a stressful time and a time when most of us worry most about losing track of our health and fitness goals.

So here are 5 easy ways for you to survive, thrive and stay healthy this holiday season!

  1. Eat slowly

While eating… focus on enjoying the different tastes, textures, and smells of your food. Chew each bite 20 times (or more). Eat until you are satisfied (instead of stuffed).  Focus on eating a little less, but enjoying every bite. Think about going back for seconds. Wait 15 minutes, then decide. It takes 15 to 20 minutes for your digestive system to notify your brain that you have had enough food! 

  1. Pack your plate with veggies

Pass on the passed hors d’oeuvres and hit the veggie tray. The high fiber and water content in vegetables will make you feel full and help keep you hydrated (usually necessary at holiday parties).  At meal time, fill your plate half full of green non-starchy vegetables and eat those first.

  1. Focus on restful sleep

Better to skip the gym than skip out on sleep! During sleep our hormones are regulated to repair and strengthen our immune system, reduce inflammation, control our emotions and adaptation to stress, as well as regulate our body composition. Lack of sleep increases body fat storage and caloric intake… a recipe for disaster.

  1. Be prepared

Keep baked or grilled chicken handy in the fridge along with steamed or already cleaned and prepared veggies. That way, you can heat a meal up in seconds. If you can’t have food prepped, keep a protein bar or shake ready to get you through the day.  I suggest those low in sugar and higher in protein and choosing organic when possible.  (Ready-made shakes by Orgain, and bars by FitJoy, ThinkThin, or Bulletproof are my personal go-tos.)

  1. Relax

Allow yourself some indulgence! Restriction leads to over-indulgence and that leads to stress. Stress is now the leading cause of disease and is worse for you than in-activity, poor food choices, and smoking. So, take a deep breath, choose your indulgences wisely, and enjoy every bite.

The team at Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates hopes your holiday season will be full of good health, joy, and love. Here’s to your wellness in 2018 & beyond.   

Article created by Chelsea Kmiec, Chief Wellness Officer at Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates/Christie’s International Real Estate. Kmiec develops and implements health and wellness services exclusively for our team and clients. As clients seek the Jackson Hole lifestyle, many are also seeking to change the way they are living, and we are able to assist in achieving lifestyle and health goals. 

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