Holidays bring family and friends together to celebrate traditions and spread good cheer. They also bring a lot of opportunities for socializing, eating and drinking. Even the most disciplined people struggle with temptation during the holiday season. To navigate the party landmines while keeping your healthy eating intact, you need a strategy. Having a plan in place will help you handle night after night of eating and drinking. To help you survive the seasonal parties without packing on the pounds check out some of the following recommendations:
Summer's over, fall is in the air and the kids are back in school. Have you been school shopping these past few weeks or do you remember back-to-school shopping in the past? There's the excitement of everything new: books, clothes, crayons and even new friends. Getting new things is always fun and exciting. Back-to-school fever is not just for kids — September signals a return to routine for people of all ages. Our minds begin to prepare for the new season in many ways, including boosting any weight loss efforts that may have gotten delayed during the summer.
It's summer and vacations are in the air. Vacations are about stepping outside of your life, about letting everything go — even if just for a few days. Whether you're relaxing on the beach or exploring a new city, a time out from the normal routine can be a wonderful thing. But it can also make it hard to stick to a healthy lifestyle — all those meals out and indulging in a few (OK, a lot) of cocktails makes it tough. All that fun means you may return home feeling less than refreshed.
Finally, it's March! Pat yourself on the back — you've almost made it through a very snowy, cold and icy winter. Along with the (hopeful) arrival of spring, there are lots of other reasons to be excited about March including: More daylight, spring break, St. Patrick's Day, March madness and most exciting of all ... March is National Nutrition Month. Hooray!
We've made it through the first month and a half of 2018 and I don't know about you, but I'm thrilled to be back in a normal schedule after the holidays and looking forward to warmer weather. During the month of February most of us have hearts on own minds. This month not only holds the holiday built to celebrate love, Valentine's Day, but also marks National Heart Month, which is an excellent time to educate yourself on heart health.