By Carolyn Brown, MS, RD
When it comes to nutrition and weight, the month of December can be challenging – indulgences abound with Christmas parties, holiday events, and lots of extra cookies,cakes, and cocktails. On top of that, colder, darker weather means less physical activity. That’s all okay, I am a firm believer in Ayurvedic medicine tenants that there are times of year for growth and expansion (spring and summer) and times of year for relaxation and downtime (fall and winter). The trick is to not things go full “loosey-goosey” – you’ve got to have an anchor.
An anchor behavior is one thing that keeps you on track when your schedule is more hectic than usual– it’s essential both for traveling and for the holidays. What will you doing for yourself every day, no matter what? Here are some ideas:
- Eat a super healthy, high protein breakfast within 2 hours of waking up.
- Zero or one alcoholic drink max on weekdays
- Make sure to have a healthy snack (~200 calories) every afternoon
- Drink those 64++ oz of water daily
- Swap your last sugary coffee for a tea, or add cinnamon in place of sugar
- No sweet treats during the week (a favorite quote, “if you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re not hungry”)
- Get a fitbit or jawbone and hit your goal # of steps daily.
- Take part in Runner’s World challenge to run 1 mile/day everyday for the month between Thanksgiving and New Years.
I find that keeping one anchor has a domino effect on other healthy behaviors. So my anchors for the month are no alcohol on weekdays and the Runner’s world challenge. What are yours?