Treat Yourself to the Gift of Communicating with Your Body
Spend a few minutes reflecting on how your body has worked on your behalf all year long. Listen for the very special signals you're being sent and whether the feedback is telling you that you're most hungry or most relaxed. Pause to consider which foods are needed to best fuel each of your workouts. and then follow that thought with what best renews you afterwards. As the saying goes, "the body knows." T'is your season to hark your body's calling.
Offer Yourself the Gift of Hydration
Don't let the chill in the outside air lead you to believe that the need for replenishing with water significantly dips during winter months. It's still a must to "moisturize from the inside out." Not only may your capacity for exercise increase when your fluid needs are met, but so may your ease at coping with holiday demands.
Give yourself the gift of Vegging Out
What do I mean by that? No less than a plan to eat at least three to four servings a day of --you guessed it-- vegetables. Your choices need not be relegated to a side dish or small corner of a plate. There are several ways to eat your vegetables front-and-center as a main dish (stuffed squash, vegetable-stuffed potatoes, or many a stir-fry.)
Shopping late and short of time? Don't use that as an excuse to dismiss the vegetable kingdom. Just mix-and-match from the veggie gift list at the pizza shop, and stop in for a quick slice topped with peppers, spinach, broccoli or sliced tomatoes. If you still don't think you can sneak enough greens, reds, oranges and yellows into your diet this season, consider keeping the fixin's at home for a Virgin Mary, or treat yourself and your co-workers to a round after work.