Fall is a beautiful time of year. From the weather, to the trees, to change in wardrobe — what’s not to love? Unfortunately, along with all of this beauty comes another truth. Fall also opens the door to a series of holidays that center around a whole lot of bad eating. And for most, the celebrations don’t stop at just one. There’s one at work, one at your best friend’s house, one hosted by your in-laws, and you can’t forget the celebration you throw yourself. The list goes on and on, and so does all of the bad food. There’s pretty much no getting around the fact that you are going to face temptations in the form of unhealthy foods this fall. But — by embracing a few new habits, you can both prepare yourself and counter the impact.
1. Maintain your workouts.
Just because it’s getting cold outside doesn’t mean you should pack up your workout gear for the season. Keep doing what you’ve been doing. There’s no reason to take that away from yourself. Even when your schedule gets busy, find a way to fit in the time for your workout!
2. Keep on prepping.
Potlucks seem like an every day occurrence this time of year, right? Everywhere you turn there’s a smorgashboard of unhealthy eats. So how do you combat it? Keep prepping your lunches and snacks. If you are prepared, you’re more likely to avoid the consequences that are associated with gorging on potluck treats.
3. Stay hydrated.
Keep drinking your water. When you’re at events, one way to keep sugary alcoholic beverages at bay is to keep a glass or bottle of water in your hand at all times. If it’s in your hand, you’ll be less likely to pick up another glass, and your buddies will be a little more reluctant to simply hand you a glass of whatever they are drinking.
4. Don’t hide your goals.
Be vocal about what you’re trying to achieve. Whether you are losing weight or simply embracing a healthier eating lifestyle, let people know. It’s the only way people will respect your decision not to partake in every unhealthy treat laid out in front of you.
5. Give yourself some room.
If you can make it through the entire holiday season without indulging at all, kudos to you. But if you’re like most people, you’re going to find yourself eating some foods that aren’t necessarily on your plan. Don’t beat yourself up! It’s OK. As long as it doesn’t become a habit, you are fine. Just eat it, then get back to business! Getting down on yourself won’t make it any better.