[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=christmas+cookies&iid=107915″ src=”0104/66b4916f-a9b9-40a9-9e0d-aaab775ff238.jpg?adImageId=8397091&imageId=107915″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] For me, this time of year is when some of the One More Mile t-shirts are most relevant. Like a scarlet letter blazoned on my forehead, it should read: “I run so I can eat,” or the classic, “Will run for wine.” Trepidations of over consumption around the holidays can run deep for even the most hardened of health-conscious runners. For myself, having lost 80 to 90 lbs over the last few years, I rely on running during festivus to carry me to the other side and back to sane eating habits. Burning a couple thousand calories on a Sunday morning goes a long way to picking up the slack of grazing on nuts and indulging an extra glass (or three) of wine, and having running commitments (like signing up for a 2010 race) may keep some of us focused on our longer-term goals.
Of course there are other ways to survive the holidays without packing on the pounds. Here are a few tips that may help you out:
- Eat, and eat often – make sure to have dinner before going to parties and try to not sit down to a meal starving.
- Drink lots of water to help you stay full and hydrated.
- Consider offering to bring a dish to a get together, and make it something healthy.
- Tighten your belt one hole (this is often known as anchoring).
- Make sure two thirds of your plate is covered with non-starch veggies.
- Sit further away from tables that have snacks and treats on them. Grazing on holiday snacks can be a major source of excess calories.
- Have breakfast — it’ll help to control cravings later in the day.
- If you’re drinking, alternate with nonalcoholic beverages that are calorie free (you could also do wine spritzers: half wine, half club soda).
- Take a breather between plates/courses/helpings. You might find yourself full sooner than your eyes think!
- Get out there and run!
Of course, while a diet can be thrown off by an over indulgent meal, a lifestyle cannot. If you go overboard, just remember when you wake up the next morning that it’s a new day and a new opportunity to get back on track with your nutrition and training. We also have one of the best ways to relieve stress and help keep calories in check, and the best part is we love it!