Surprising tricks that tone down seasonal indulgences
Who has the time to work out or the willpower to resist extra calories over the holidays? With surprising tools like ice cube trays and your favourite song—and in just 10 minutes—you can stay balanced.
Yes, you’ll need some regular old ice cubes for entertaining. But you can also use ice cube trays to curb overindulging.
Keep your hands busy at holiday parties: take photos, wash dishes, pour drinks. This will keep you from refilling your plate just so your hands have something to do. Bring a healthy dish to every party to ensure there’s something nourishing for you to eat.
Nip into a home store and invest in slender stemware for the holiday season. It’s much easier to over-pour calorie-laden alcoholic beverages when using big, squat wine glasses or tumblers. Champagne flutes help you control your portions—plus, they’re classy.
As your evenings fill up with holiday parties, it will be virtually impossible to stick to your full after-work or evening workout.
There. You’ve fit in your workout and you’re pumped up for the party.
Decorating can be one of the most relaxing parts of the holiday, but not if the end result leaves you drowning in knick-knacks—more “reindeer-obsessed hoarder” than “tasteful nod to the season.” Only use the decorations that give you joy. Donate the rest. And if every surface is already covered, make a rule: for every decoration you set up, one other object has to be recycled or donated. When the decorations come down, you’ll have a tidier, more relaxing home to enjoy in the new year.
Holiday baking offers a similar opportunity. If you find yourself rummaging through cupboard clutter, quickly recycle or dispose of these items:
Even better than a secret Santa is someone to help you eat well over the holidays. Take five minutes in the morning to make a plan for how you’re going to eat healthy that day, including how you’ll navigate any parties. Let your food partner know. Then take five minutes in the evening to follow up on how your plan worked.