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Tips to Dodge the Holiday Extra Pounds

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Health coach Lyndsey Parsons shares tips to keep you healthy over the holidays.

Lyndsey's Top 10 Tips:

  • 1. Don't use the holidays as an excuse to over indulge; find balance.
  • 2. Track your sugar and alcohol intake. The American Heart Association recommends Men consume no more than 35g of sugar/day; Women 24g/day. Use this metric to determine how much alcohol, if any, you can consume.
  • 3. Crowd out the unhealthy choices with healthier choices - do a second helping of veggies instead of meat or carbs.
  • 4. Eat slowly to avoid over eating; for every meal not just special occasions.
  • 5. Drink lots of water. drink half of your body weight in ounces a day; for example if you weigh 150lbs = 75oz of water a day. It's best to start your day with water rather than coffee. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
  • 6. Reduce caffeine consumption - No more than 1-2 cups of coffee a day. I suggest one cup in the morning (after you've had water), and a coffee alternative, like tea, later in the day.
  • 7. Sleep! - Adults should get 7-8 hours of sleep a night for all of our important systems to function properly. Lack of sleep can lead to sugar cravings, irritability, and anxiety.
  • 8. Move your body everyday - find your favorite way to move and do it for at least 30 minutes daily. This can be walking, dancing, yoga, running, etc.
  • 9. Do things you love - it's important to do things we appreciate during this busy and hectic time of year. Remember to slow down, and do 10 - 30 minutes of your favorite activity every day.
  • 10. Take time for yourself - have kids? A spouse? Pets? Carve out some alone time for yourself on a daily bases. My favorite things is to meditate and read for 30 minutes right after I wake up, drink water, and start the coffee pot.